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Jane Haddam is the author of many previous novels, most featuring Gregor Demarkian, as well as numerous articles and stories published widely. Her novels have been finalists for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards. She lives with her family in Litchfield Country, Connecticut.

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Out of today's headlines, the prolific Haddam-this is number 19 in the Gregor Demarkian series (after 2002's Somebody Else's Music)-has fashioned a tale that should be stronger than it is. In addition to a conspiracy cult and hints of domestic terrorism, we have multimillion-dollar corporate mismanagement, child prostitution and the rich vs. poor debate, all presented in longwinded, heavy-handed rhetoric that nearly swamps the mystery. Pity, for the core story is a dandy. One winter night in Philadelphia, two terrible things happen: Father Tibor Kasparian is injured in the bombing of an Armenian church and a prominent businessman is assassinated on his front steps in the midst of a big party. Are the two crimes connected? And what does either have to do with the conspiracy group called America on Alert, whose hate-filled literature is swirling through the city? That's the challenge for Gregor Demarkian, retired head of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit, and resident of Cavanaugh Street, Philadelphia's Armenian-American neighborhood. The citizens of Cavanaugh are as wonderful as ever, but the other characters are such stereotypes they might have been e-mailed in from central casting: the Rich Bitch, the Heartless Capitalist, the Social Climber, the Lonely Spinster manipulated by the Charismatic Cult Leader. The best character is Cavanaugh Street itself, as much a living presence as any human. Spending time there is always a pleasure. Agent, Don Maass. (July 7) FYI: Haddam has been a finalist for both Anthony and Edgar awards. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Haddam plays the mystery game like a master...Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle."-Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly
"Haddam keeps her long-running series fresh by developing suspects and victims who are as fascinating and entertaining as her recurring cast...this is one of Haddam's best Demarkian outings yet...riveting!"
-January Magazine on Somebody Else's Music
"News of a new Jane Haddam mystery is music to the ears of her fans...whether it's read as next in the series or a stand-alone, Somebody Else's Music is a standout."-The Drood Review
"A delightful read for lovers of classic crime stories."-Romantic Times on Skeleton Key
"[A] smoothly running mystery marked by lively characters, good descriptions, and enough misdirection to keep a reader's interest high."-Publishers Weekly on Skeleton Key
"A sophisticated style, excellent delivery, and riveting plot make this an excellent choice for all collections."-Library Journal on Skeleton Key
"A real winner...sure to grab readers from the first page...a fine entry in a fine series."-Booklist on Skeleton Key
"Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle."-Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly
"A rattling good puzzle, a varied and appealing cast, and a detective whose work carries a rare stamp of authority...this one is a treat."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Bleeding Hearts
"Not A Creature Stirring will puzzle, perplex, and please the most discriminating reader."-Murder Ad Lib
"Juicy gossip abounds, tension builds, and all present are suitably suspect as Demarkian expertly wraps up loose ends in this entertaining, satisfying mystery."-Publishers Weekly on Act of Darkness
"An absorbing, good-humored tale complete with vivid characters, multiple murders, and

Haddam plays the mystery game like a master...Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle. "Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly" Haddam keeps her long-running series fresh by developing suspects and victims who are as fascinating and entertaining as her recurring cast...this is one of Haddam's best Demarkian outings yet...riveting! "January Magazine on Somebody Else's Music" News of a new Jane Haddam mystery is music to the ears of her fans...whether it's read as next in the series or a stand-alone, Somebody Else's Music is a standout. "The Drood Review" A delightful read for lovers of classic crime stories. "Romantic Times on Skeleton Key" [A] smoothly running mystery marked by lively characters, good descriptions, and enough misdirection to keep a reader's interest high. "Publishers Weekly on Skeleton Key" A sophisticated style, excellent delivery, and riveting plot make this an excellent choice for all collections. "Library Journal on Skeleton Key" A real winner...sure to grab readers from the first page...a fine entry in a fine series. "Booklist on Skeleton Key" Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle. "Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly" A rattling good puzzle, a varied and appealing cast, and a detective whose work carries a rare stamp of authority...this one is a treat. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Bleeding Hearts" Not A Creature Stirring will puzzle, perplex, and please the most discriminating reader. "Murder Ad Lib" Juicy gossip abounds, tension builds, and all present are suitably suspect as Demarkian expertly wraps up loose ends in this entertaining, satisfying mystery. "Publishers Weekly on Act of Darkness" An absorbing, good-humored tale complete with vivid characters, multiple murders, and a couple of juicy subplots. "Orlando Sentinel on Bleeding Hearts" Haddam's usual deft writing, skillful plotting, and gentle humor...Refreshing and entertaining. "Booklist on Bleeding Hearts" Go ahead, have this one wrapped and waiting with your name on it. "Detroit Free Press on A Stillness in Bethlehem" Haddam is a fine and compassionate writer, and Demarkian, the retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit who now solves crimes in his spare time, is one of the more interesting series leads in the mystery marketplace. It's a pleasure to find a solid mystery combined with engaging discussions of issues outside the genre. A guaranteed winner. "Booklist on True Believers" Haddam's large cast pulses with petty jealousies, vanities, and fears as they confront the mysteries of life and religion. This is an engrossingly complex mystery that should win further acclaim for its prolific and talented author. "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on True Believers" Dazzlingly ingenious, Jane Haddam's novels provide style, humor, and philosophy-they're real spellbinders, sparklingly written and smashingly plotted. "Drood Review" Readers will have lots of fun trying to guess whodunit. A fine entry in a fine series. "Booklist on Skeleton Key""


Haddam plays the mystery game like a master...Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle. Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly Haddam keeps her long-running series fresh by developing suspects and victims who are as fascinating and entertaining as her recurring cast...this is one of Haddam's best Demarkian outings yet...riveting! January Magazine on Somebody Else's Music News of a new Jane Haddam mystery is music to the ears of her fans...whether it's read as next in the series or a stand-alone, Somebody Else's Music is a standout. The Drood Review A delightful read for lovers of classic crime stories. Romantic Times on Skeleton Key [A] smoothly running mystery marked by lively characters, good descriptions, and enough misdirection to keep a reader's interest high. Publishers Weekly on Skeleton Key A sophisticated style, excellent delivery, and riveting plot make this an excellent choice for all collections. Library Journal on Skeleton Key A real winner...sure to grab readers from the first page...a fine entry in a fine series. Booklist on Skeleton Key Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle. Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly A rattling good puzzle, a varied and appealing cast, and a detective whose work carries a rare stamp of authority...this one is a treat. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Bleeding Hearts Not A Creature Stirring will puzzle, perplex, and please the most discriminating reader. Murder Ad Lib Juicy gossip abounds, tension builds, and all present are suitably suspect as Demarkian expertly wraps up loose ends in this entertaining, satisfying mystery. Publishers Weekly on Act of Darkness An absorbing, good-humored tale complete with vivid characters, multiple murders, and a couple of juicy subplots. Orlando Sentinel on Bleeding Hearts Haddam's usual deft writing, skillful plotting, and gentle humor...Refreshing and entertaining. Booklist on Bleeding Hearts Go ahead, have this one wrapped and waiting with your name on it. Detroit Free Press on A Stillness in Bethlehem Haddam is a fine and compassionate writer, and Demarkian, the retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit who now solves crimes in his spare time, is one of the more interesting series leads in the mystery marketplace. It's a pleasure to find a solid mystery combined with engaging discussions of issues outside the genre. A guaranteed winner. Booklist on True Believers Haddam's large cast pulses with petty jealousies, vanities, and fears as they confront the mysteries of life and religion. This is an engrossingly complex mystery that should win further acclaim for its prolific and talented author. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on True Believers Dazzlingly ingenious, Jane Haddam's novels provide style, humor, and philosophy-they're real spellbinders, sparklingly written and smashingly plotted. Drood Review Readers will have lots of fun trying to guess whodunit. A fine entry in a fine series. Booklist on Skeleton Key"

"Haddam plays the mystery game like a master...Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle." --Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly"Haddam keeps her long-running series fresh by developing suspects and victims who are as fascinating and entertaining as her recurring cast...this is one of Haddam's best Demarkian outings yet...riveting!" --January Magazine on Somebody Else's Music"News of a new Jane Haddam mystery is music to the ears of her fans...whether it's read as next in the series or a stand-alone, Somebody Else's Music is a standout." --The Drood Review"A delightful read for lovers of classic crime stories." --Romantic Times on Skeleton Key"[A] smoothly running mystery marked by lively characters, good descriptions, and enough misdirection to keep a reader's interest high." --Publishers Weekly on Skeleton Key"A sophisticated style, excellent delivery, and riveting plot make this an excellent choice for all collections." --Library Journal on Skeleton Key"A real winner...sure to grab readers from the first page...a fine entry in a fine series." --Booklist on Skeleton Key"Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle." --Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly"A rattling good puzzle, a varied and appealing cast, and a detective whose work carries a rare stamp of authority...this one is a treat." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Bleeding Hearts"Not A Creature Stirring will puzzle, perplex, and please the most discriminating reader." --Murder Ad Lib"Juicy gossip abounds, tension builds, and all present are suitably suspect as Demarkian expertly wraps up loose ends in this entertaining, satisfying mystery." --Publishers Weekly on Act of Darkness"An absorbing, good-humored tale complete with vivid characters, multiple murders, and a couple of juicy subplots." --Orlando Sentinel on Bleeding Hearts"Haddam's usual deft writing, skillful plotting, and gentle humor...Refreshing and entertaining." --Booklist on Bleeding Hearts"Go ahead, have this one wrapped and waiting with your name on it." --Detroit Free Press on A Stillness in Bethlehem"Haddam is a fine and compassionate writer, and Demarkian, the retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit who now solves crimes in his spare time, is one of the more interesting series leads in the mystery marketplace. It's a pleasure to find a solid mystery combined with engaging discussions of issues outside the genre. A guaranteed winner." --Booklist on True Believers"Haddam's large cast pulses with petty jealousies, vanities, and fears as they confront the mysteries of life and religion. This is an engrossingly complex mystery that should win further acclaim for its prolific and talented author." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on True Believers"Dazzlingly ingenious, Jane Haddam's novels provide style, humor, and philosophy-they're real spellbinders, sparklingly written and smashingly plotted." --Drood Review"Readers will have lots of fun trying to guess whodunit. A fine entry in a fine series." --Booklist on Skeleton Key

-Haddam plays the mystery game like a master...Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle.- --Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly-Haddam keeps her long-running series fresh by developing suspects and victims who are as fascinating and entertaining as her recurring cast...this is one of Haddam's best Demarkian outings yet...riveting!- --January Magazine on Somebody Else's Music-News of a new Jane Haddam mystery is music to the ears of her fans...whether it's read as next in the series or a stand-alone, Somebody Else's Music is a standout.- --The Drood Review-A delightful read for lovers of classic crime stories.- --Romantic Times on Skeleton Key-[A] smoothly running mystery marked by lively characters, good descriptions, and enough misdirection to keep a reader's interest high.- --Publishers Weekly on Skeleton Key-A sophisticated style, excellent delivery, and riveting plot make this an excellent choice for all collections.- --Library Journal on Skeleton Key-A real winner...sure to grab readers from the first page...a fine entry in a fine series.- --Booklist on Skeleton Key-Bound to satisfy any reader who likes multiple murders mixed with miraculous apparitions and a perfectly damnable puzzle.- --Chicago Tribune on A Great Day for the Deadly-A rattling good puzzle, a varied and appealing cast, and a detective whose work carries a rare stamp of authority...this one is a treat.- --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Bleeding Hearts-Not A Creature Stirring will puzzle, perplex, and please the most discriminating reader.- --Murder Ad Lib-Juicy gossip abounds, tension builds, and all present are suitably suspect as Demarkian expertly wraps up loose ends in this entertaining, satisfying mystery.- --Publishers Weekly on Act of Darkness-An absorbing, good-humored tale complete with vivid characters, multiple murders, and a couple of juicy subplots.- --Orlando Sentinel on Bleeding Hearts-Haddam's usual deft writing, skillful plotting, and gentle humor...Refreshing and entertaining.- --Booklist on Bleeding Hearts-Go ahead, have this one wrapped and waiting with your name on it.- --Detroit Free Press on A Stillness in Bethlehem-Haddam is a fine and compassionate writer, and Demarkian, the retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit who now solves crimes in his spare time, is one of the more interesting series leads in the mystery marketplace. It's a pleasure to find a solid mystery combined with engaging discussions of issues outside the genre. A guaranteed winner.- --Booklist on True Believers-Haddam's large cast pulses with petty jealousies, vanities, and fears as they confront the mysteries of life and religion. This is an engrossingly complex mystery that should win further acclaim for its prolific and talented author.- --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on True Believers-Dazzlingly ingenious, Jane Haddam's novels provide style, humor, and philosophy-they're real spellbinders, sparklingly written and smashingly plotted.- --Drood Review-Readers will have lots of fun trying to guess whodunit. A fine entry in a fine series.- --Booklist on Skeleton Key

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