By Gillian Roberts
"Here's the Dorothy Parker of puzzle writers . . . giving extra wit in line with web page than such a lot writers supply in line with book."
In her new novel starring Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper, Gillian Roberts once more mixes secret and mirth. This time Roberts explores Philadelphia's special flesh and blood "historical monument"-- the Mummers, who reside (and possibly are keen to die) for a couple of hours of glory each New Year's Day.
The recognized Mummers' Parade is an extravaganza that pulls huge, immense crowds who cheer via chattering enamel, as greater than thirty thousand clowns, string bands, and fancy brigades strut their stuff up huge highway. yet this yr, whereas the tune blares and the Mummers dance, a reveling Pierrot all at once sinks to the floor, shot dead.
Amanda is, at the start, just a horrified spectator. but if the top suspect--her pal and fellow instructor at Philly Prep--falsely claims to were together with her on the time of the homicide, Amanda can now not remain at the sidelines.
Is the homicide a flare-up of lethal rivalries? Is it hooked up with the disappearance, the week earlier than Christmas, of one other Mummer, the inheritor to a meat-packing kin? Does anyone disapprove of the Mummers' feathers, sequins, and string bands? And why isn't any one within the tight-knit global Amanda investigates keen to inform the reality approximately anything?
With Amanda at the scene, the who in whodunit does not remain mystery for lengthy. within the Mummers' Curse, Gillian Roberts is, as consistently, on the head of the parade.