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Hit time : a mystery
Ardella Garland
Adult Fiction JOE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Garland's second mystery to feature sharp and sassy African-American Chicago newswoman Georgia Barnett (after 2000's Details at Ten), Georgia manages to keep herself knee-deep in breaking action, whether on- or off-camera. Georgia and twin sister Peaches, a nightclub owner, become embroiled in a plot that thrusts the girls into serious danger and lands their friend Jimmy Flamingo, a first-rate blues guitarist and recovering drug addict, in jail for the murder of ruthless record producer Fab Weaver. Flamingo's bad temper and reputation seem to spell his doom, but when Georgia checks up on Fab's only son, Guy, she uncovers some pretty convincing motives for Guy's having done the deed. The more Georgia digs, the more reasons she finds why any number of people would have wanted Fab six feet under, for Fab made his fortune ripping off young black artists who recorded with him during the golden age of Chicago's famous Record Row. Meanwhile, the sisters' larger-than-life mom provides amusing glimpses into Peaches and Georgia's upbringing, while police detective Doug Eckart supplies ample romantic interest. The ethnic banter between the true-to-life characters will keep readers grinning even through the tensest of moments. Mystery buffs beware Garland's refreshingly different style can be addictive. 6-city author tour. Agent, Victoria Sanders. (Feb. 19) FYI: Joe is the author of the Blackboard novels Falling Leaves of Ivy; He Say, She Say; Bebe's by Golly Wow and This Just In. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Already on the scene when a murdered man is discovered, Georgia Barnett (Details at Ten), an African American news anchor for Chicago TV, presses her advantage over other media types by being first to identify the victim. Unfortunately for the sleuthing Georgia, her blues-singing twin sister's guitarist friend, Jimmy Flamingo, is the prime suspect. And his attitude doesn't help: Jimmy couldn't be happier that someone has finally killed the crooked record producer who bilked budding musical talents out of their songs and royalties. Vibrant prose with a jazzy rhythm accentuates an exciting plot. For general and African American mystery collections; Joe is also the author of Blackboard best-selling novels like Falling Leaves of Ivy. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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