Double Dealer: A Bert and Nan Tatum Mystery
Bert and Nan Tatum, mystery's most engaging matched set, are at it again -- and crime doesn't stand half a chance. This time out, the identical twins with the knack for double trouble are about to discover that going antiquing can be sheer murder.
If there's anything Nan finds more depressing than approaching forty, it's having to shop for it. Yet, here she is, wandering the biggest flea market in town, hoping to surprise her twin sister, Bert, with a vintage toy from their youth. What she doesn't count on is having Franklin Haggerty, the less-than-friendly antiques dealer, threaten to sue her and her "daughter" for slander. Nan quickly realizes Haggerty must have had a run-in with Bert and her quick-tempered niece, Ellie.
That's right, Bert tells her. She had been shopping for a birthday present for Nan when Ellie spotted Haggerty selling phony antiques for major profit. As far as she's concerned, the cantankerous old fraud should just drop dead. And before you can say "Barbie collectible", Haggerty is on his way to the morgue with a tag on his toe -- only this one's marked no sale. To make matters worse, Ellie and her boyfriend, Chris, are the prime murder suspects.
Delving into the world of vintage curios, the twins come up with a list of eccentrics who have both the means and the motive to kill Haggerty -- from rival venders and swindled buyers to his oddly merry widow. One thing's for certain, the cost of not finding the killer is rising by the hour, and if Nan and Bert don't redouble their efforts, they're going to find themselves in double jeopardy.
Smart, saucy and suspenseful, DOUBLE DEALER is a dual delight, featuring the two most inviting amateur detectives ever toturn crime and punishment into a doubleheader of fun.