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Death on the Mississippi /

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Language: English
Published: St. Martin's Press, 1989
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Review by Booklist Review

The Mississippi turns out to be a houseboat on the banks of the Connecticut River, moored close to the picturesque home of the Wentworths, Forrest's Nick and Nora Charles-style sleuthing team. Lackadaisical author Lyon Wentworth and his congresswoman wife, Bea, become involved in the goings-on aboard the houseboat when it appears that the craft's owner, the obnoxious prankster Dalton Turman, has died. It becomes clear, however, that, after faking the start of World War III, Turman has vanished with considerable sums of cash belonging to his partners in an ailing real estate venture. Forrest instinctively knows just how little plot is really required in a mystery that is rich in witty characterization. His gruff cops and ditzy babes are a pleasure, and the Wentworths, locked in a charming dance of grudging affection, are perhaps the best of the many latter-day Nick and Noras now on the mystery scene. --Peter Robertson

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Contrary to the title's implication, children's book author Lyon Wentworth and his wife Bea, a state senator, are at home in Connecticut, not down South, in the seventh of Forrest's corker mysteries. The Mississippi is a houseboat owned by Dalton Turman, who arrives to plague the Wentworths and their friend, Police Chief Herbert. Turman, self-styled ``Prankenstein,'' rejoices in playing terrifying jokes, but his visit must be endured since he once saved Lyon's life in Korea. The Wentworths also feel they must accept a ride on the houseboat to Turman's shorefront acreage where he's planning a development that will earn him a fortune. But suspicious events make Bea and Lyon glad to get home, especially after hearing that Turman and the Mississippi are missing without a trace. The Wentworths and Herbert, however, believe Turman is up to new tricks and try to outwit him. As a result, the three allies fall into the worst trouble of their lives when this funny, suspenseful adventure reaches a climax. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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