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Dying for Mercy
The recently renovated Pentimento, located in New York's exclusive moneyed enclave of Tuxedo Park, is no ordinary estate. Strange secrets have been ingeniously built into its fountains, frescoes, statues, and architectureclues to a bizarre mystery that is first brought to light when the owner commits suicide during a lavish gala.
Eliza Blake, co-anchor of the popular morning television show KEY to America, is present when the party is cut short by the host's sudden, macabre deathand she's the first to discover that Pentimento is a giant "puzzle house." But each piece is leading Eliza and her KEY News colleaguesproducer Annabelle Murphy, cameraman B. J. D'Elia, and psychiatrist Margo Gonzalezdeeper into darkness, toward a killer who believes that some puzzles must never be solved. And it soon becomes shockingly clear that no amount of wealth or privilege can keep the residents of Tuxedo Park safe . . . and alive.
About the Author
Mary Jane Clark worked at CBS News for nearly three decades. Her twelve KEY News media thrillers were inspired by that experience. Envisioning the Piper Donovan/wedding-cake mystery series, Mary Jane enrolled in cake-decorating classes and researched unique wedding locations. The daughter of an FBI agent and a mother who customized cakes for the neighborhood kids when she was growing up, Mary Jane has two grown children and splits her time between New Jersey and Florida. Currently, she is concocting her next novel.
Praise for Dying for Mercy…
“Clark has perfected the suspense novel . . . in classic Christie fashion.”
Clark’s latest rivals Christie’s best. Her short, to-the-point chapters, lucid prose, numerous suspects and faceless murderer’s creepy monologues keep the suspense at its chilliest level — and move the story forward at a brisk clip. One of Clark’s — and the genre’s — best.
“smooth . . . Those curious about Tuxedo Park will appreciate the well-researched portrait of the real-life exclusive community.”
As always, Clark gives the reader a strong trail of red herrings. This is another satisfying look at the behind-the-scenes world of television network news tied around an intriguing puzzle