Well Bred and Dead

Well Bred and Dead

A High Society Mystery

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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Devastated by the apparent suicide of a close friend, Chicago society widow Pauline Cook becomes puzzled by inconsistencies surrounding her friend's records and death, discoveries that prompt Pauline to investigate the truth. Original. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer

Newly widowed Pauline Cook was once the toast of the Windy City elite—but now she's practically broke. At least she's in better shape than her dear departed friend Ethan Campbell, whose corpse Pauline has had the misfortune to discover. A writer who chronicled the lives, loves, and ensembles of the Gold Coast's most elegant ladies, Ethan apparently took his own life—while inelegantly clad in old boxers, no less. And since no relatives are coming forward to claim Ethan's remains, it falls to Pauline to settle his final affairs . . . with her own dwindling funds.

However, there are things about Ethan's suicide that don't seem to add up: the ratty undergarments he "chose" to die in, for example . . . and the multiple birth certificates the police turn up in his apartment. Before she can truly lay her friend to rest, plucky Pauline's determined to get to the bottom of his increasingly suspicious death.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061122156
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 21 cm.


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vickiboo Jan 22, 2011

Meet Pauline Cook, who, despite being close to running out of money, shops when the going gets tough. Cook, a widowed Chicago socialite, is devastated by the apparent suicide of her friend, gay society columnist Ethan Campbell. The police turn up a stash of birth certificates in Ethan's apartment, and Pauline begins to wonder if her boon companion—always a bit cagey about his past—was who he claimed to be.


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