Mildred Pierced

Mildred Pierced

A Toby Peters Mystery

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
When his longtime friend Sheldon Minck is arrested for the murder of his estranged wife, Mildred, private detective Toby Peters is hired by film legend Joan Crawford to solve the crime and prevent negative publicity from tarring her name.

Perseus Publishing
That down-at-the-heels gumshoe Toby Peters again proves to be "an unblemished delight," as the Washington Post Book World put it, while his creator, Stuart M. Kaminsky, continues to "make the totally wacky possible" in a zany new Hollywood adventure. Having survived the hire of such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Charlie Chaplin, and Cary Grant, tinsel-town detective Toby finds himself in the employ of an edgy Joan Crawford. Actually, Toby needs Miss Crawford as much as she needs him. His longtime friend and office mate, the mad dentist Sheldon Minck, has been jailed for murder—the victim, his estranged wife, Mildred; the motive, a $200,000 inheritance; the weapon, a crossbow. Only Miss Crawford, the single witness to the crime, can attest to hapless Minck's innocence. But the former MGM movie queen has just been offered her first film in two years, as the title character in Mildred Pierce, so she is anxious to avoid unpleasant publicity that could cost her the role. So it's up to Toby to solve the crime, save Minck, and thus keep Miss Crawford's famous name out of the daily papers.

That down-at-the-heels gumshoe Toby Peters again proves to be “an unblemished delight,” as the Washington Post Book World put it, while his creator, Stuart M. Kaminsky, continues to “make the totally wacky possible” in a zany new Hollywood adventure. Having survived the hire of such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Charlie Chaplin, and Cary Grant, tinsel-town detective Toby finds himself in the employ of an edgy Joan Crawford. Actually, Toby needs Miss Crawford as much as she needs him. His longtime friend and office mate, the mad dentist Sheldon Minck, has been jailed for murder—the victim, his estranged wife, Mildred; the motive, a $200,000 inheritance; the weapon, a crossbow. Only Miss Crawford, the single witness to the crime, can attest to hapless Minck’s innocence. But the former MGM movie queen has just been offered her first film in two years, as the title character in Mildred Pierce, so she is anxious to avoid unpleasant publicity that could cost her the role. So it’s up to Toby to solve the crime, save Minck, and thus keep Miss Crawford’s famous name out of the daily papers.


Blackwell North Amer
Having survived the hire of such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, and, most recently, Cary Grant, private eye Toby Peters finds himself, on his twenty-third outing, in the employ of an edgy Joan Crawford.
Actually, Toby needs Miss Crawford no less than she needs him. His long-time friend and office mate, the melancholy and painfully inept dentist Sheldon Minck, has been jailed for murder - the victim being Minck's estranged wife, Mildred; the motive, a two-hundred-thousand-dollar inheritance; the weapon, a crossbow. Only Miss Crawford, the single witness to the crime, can attest to hapless Minck's innocence. The former MGM movie queen, however, has just been offered her first film in two years, as the title character in Mildred Pierce, so she is anxious to avoid any unpleasant publicity that could cost her the role.
While Toby's task is plain - solve the crime, save Minck, and keep the reluctant Miss Crawford's famous name out of the daily papers - it is also perilously complicated by the Survivors of the Fittest. A bizarre group of survivalists led by an axe-wielding ex-Marine named Lawrence Timerjack and masterminded by the shadowy, elusive James Fennimore Sax, they have good reason to spring their recent recruit, Sheldon Minck, from jail. They want him out, because they want him dead.

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& Taylor

When his longtime friend, dentist Sheldon Minck, is arrested for the murder of his estranged wife, Mildred, private detective Toby Peters is hired by film legend Joan Crawford to solve the crime and prevent negative publicity from tarring the name of the famed film diva.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2003
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf cloth ed
ISBN: 9780786711826
0786711825
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 24 cm

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