The Mummers' Curse: An Amanda Pepper Mystery

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Fiction - 231 pages
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"Here's the Dorothy Parker of mystery writers . . . giving more wit per page than most writers give per book." --Nancy Pickard In her new novel starring Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper, Gillian Roberts once again mixes mystery and mirth. This time Roberts explores Philadelphia's unique flesh and blood "historical monument"-- the Mummers, who live (and perhaps are willing to die) for a few hours of glory every New Year's Day. The famous Mummers' Parade is an extravaganza that draws enormous crowds who cheer through chattering teeth, as more than thirty thousand clowns, string bands, and fancy brigades strut their stuff up Broad Street. But this year, while the music blares and the Mummers dance, a reveling Pierrot suddenly sinks to the ground, shot dead. Amanda is, at first, only a horrified spectator. But when the prime suspect--her friend and fellow teacher at Philly Prep--falsely claims to have been with her at the time of the murder, Amanda can no longer stay on the sidelines. Is the murder a flare-up of deadly rivalries? Is it connected with the disappearance, the week before Christmas, of another Mummer, the heir to a meat-packing family? Does someone disapprove of the Mummers' feathers, sequins, and string bands? And why is no one in the tight-knit world Amanda investigates willing to tell the truth about anything? With Amanda on the scene, the who in whodunit doesn't stay secret for long. In The Mummers' Curse, Gillian Roberts is, as always, at the head of the parade.

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The arctic cold isn't the only threat to the storied Mummers who parade through Philadelphia on New Year's Day; produce driver James Patricciano collapses inside his feathered costume, two bullets in ... Read full review

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Series heroine and Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper (In the Dead of Summer, Ballantine, 1995) witnesses the murder of a clown in the Mummer's Parade. When a fellow teacher (and principal ... Read full review


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Gillian Roberts is the nom de mystère of mainstream novelist Judith Greber. Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery for Caught Dead in Philadelphia, she is also the author of Philly Stakes, I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia, With Friends Like These . . . , How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and In the Dead of Summer. Formerly an English teacher in Philadelphia, she now lives in California.

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