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Dying to See You

Dying to See You

(2000)
(The fifth book in the Charlie Plato series)
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"Charlie Plato sparkles with her western brand of sleuthing skills."
Mary Daheim


Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Chittenden's previous Charlie Plato mysteries (Dying to Sing; Dead Men Don't Dance, etc.) will find this fifth entry in the series just as sassy and full of fun. The vivacious California redhead is still trying to keep Chaps, her country-western nightclub, afloat and her innards from going whomp at the thought of partner Zack Hunter, a former TV star and a major hunk. Savanna Bristow, another partner, wants to throw a party at Chaps to celebrate both her 20th high school reunion and the 50th birthday of everyone's favorite teacher, Reina Diaz. Forty of Reina's old students, all purportedly devoted to her, attend the party, but when Reina is found strangled in a stall in the ladies' room, it's clear that at least one member of the class is no fan. Charlie and Zack investigate with nothing to help them but a crumpled piece of paper clutched in the corpse's hand. The sleuths soon learn that many of her students had reason to hate and fear Reina. Suspects abound, each with a better motive than the last, and mayhem reigns. Another murder, arson, guilty secrets and lying all around complicate Zack's and Charlie's efforts. Our heroes appear to be getting closer to each other as they get closer to a solution to the crimes, but will they ever be a couple? Please, Ms. Chittenden, don't keep us waiting too long for the next Charlie Plato mystery. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Library Journal
Country-and-western bar co-owner Charlie Plato hosts her 20th annual class reunion, but someone murders the gathering's honoree--a supposedly much-loved teacher--in the ladies' room. Charlie soon discovers more than one suspect among her former classmates. Powerful entertainment for Chittenden fans. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

School Library Journal
Fans of Chittenden's previous Charlie Plato mysteries (Dying to Sing; Dead Men Don't Dance, etc.) will find this fifth entry in the series just as sassy and full of fun. The vivacious California redhead is still trying to keep Chaps, her country-western nightclub, afloat and her innards from going whomp at the thought of partner Zack Hunter, a former TV star and a major hunk. Savanna Bristow, another partner, wants to throw a party at Chaps to celebrate both her 20th high school reunion and the 50th birthday of everyone's favorite teacher, Reina Diaz. Forty of Reina's old students, all purportedly devoted to her, attend the party, but when Reina is found strangled in a stall in the ladies' room, it's clear that at least one member of the class is no fan. Charlie and Zack investigate with nothing to help them but a crumpled piece of paper clutched in the corpse's hand. The sleuths soon learn that many of her students had reason to hate and fear Reina. Suspects abound, each with a better motive than the last, and mayhem reigns. Another murder, arson, guilty secrets and lying all around complicate Zack's and Charlie's efforts. Our heroes appear to be getting closer to each other as they get closer to a solution to the crimes, but will they ever be a couple? Please, Ms. Chittenden, don't keep us waiting too long for the next Charlie Plato mystery. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Kirkus Reviews
California's Charlotte (Charlie) Plato and handsome TV cowboy Zachary Hunter, her partner in CHAPS, a western-style bar and tavern, have rented the place for one night to Charlie's best friend Savanna for her 20th high-school reunion. All is going well at the party, including several auctions for dates, when Charlie discovers the party's honoree, 50-ish teacher Reina Diaz, in the ladies' room-strangled and clutching a photograph of her much younger self. Savanna's husband, Police Detective Taylor Bristow, is conveniently on hand to take charge, while Charlie, who's been down this road before (Don't Forget to Die, 1999, etc.), starts to investigate on her own. It's unremarkable that Reina was getting anonymous phone calls and unsigned deliveries of roses; far more startling is the news that 20 years before she had given birth to a daughter she would never see again. Charlie talks to the alumni-Kalesha Jones, the African-American wife of Welsh doctor Owen Jones; businessman Forrest Kenyon; and pastor Thad O'Connor, among others-seeking a motive that turns out to lie deep in the past. It takes her best efforts, and a little help from Zach, to dredge up the unconvincing solution. Very little here has the power to convince. All the characters, including Charlie, seem as unreal as the blithe, upbeat narration and the muddled plot. Charlie has done better-and so can you.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: Dying To See You: A Charlie Plato Mystery (Charlie Plato Mysteries)
Author(s): Margaret Chittenden
ISBN: 1575665611 / 9781575665610 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Paperback Editions

August 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Dying To See You: A Charlie Plato Mystery (Charlie Plato Mysteries)
Author(s): Margaret Chittenden
ISBN: 1575666693 / 9781575666693 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

 


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