Jane O’Connor is the author of many, many children’s books, including the spectacularly popular Fancy Nancy series. In this clever adult mystery series, she proves she can work the adult side of the aisle equally well. Of the first book in the series, Dangerous Admissions, the NYTBR wrote, “Let’s just say that O’Connor, who has written more than 30 children’s books, proves her adult chops, and reinforces the fact that copy editors do it all with style…. It’s hard not to love a book in which grammar features as a clue to the identity of a killer…Grammarians rejoice. You have finally found your own sleuth.”
The sly O’Connor, who has a day job as an editor, calls this a “mystery with benefits.” It takes the traditional mystery as a base and blends multiple genres to create a funny, creepy, sexy page-turner. In the second outing single mom and copy freelance copy editor finds her client—the author of celebrity tell alls—dead of what appear to be rough sex. Of course, the truth is a bit more complex and it’s a funny, sexy ride on the way to the answer.
O’Connor’s droll second romantic suspense featuring incorrigibly curious Manhattan copy editor Miranda ‘Rannie’ Bookman finds the divorced mother of two barely scraping by on freelance assignments from friends and former colleagues…. [When she is hired] to handle the new top-secret tell-all…Rannie goes to pick up the manuscript and finds Ret’s body. A second murder puts Rannie on the sleuthing trail in earnest. As Rannie’s increasingly dangerous digging takes her from Cummings’s Palladian-style manse to a gala at the Metropolitan Museum, O’Connor serves up plenty of glitz and tangy social satire.”
Almost True Confessions: Closet Sleuth Spills All (9780061240942) by Jane O’Connor. $14.99 trade paper original. 10/1/13 on sale.