McNally's Dare

McNally's Dare

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Penguin Putnam
The dowager duchess of Palm Beach dies, leaving behind a fabulous fortune and a handsome young heir-though Archy McNally has his doubts about the boy's bona fides.

When a young waiter working Malcolm "Nifty" MacNiff's annual Tennis Everyone! benefit is found dead in Nifty's otherwise pristine swimming pool, it's Archy McNally, South Florida's most famous Discreet Inquirer, who rushes in to salvage the town's reputation and solve the un-fortunate crime. Palm Beach is already in a tizzy over the arrival of its newest millionaire, Lance Talbot, just in from Switzerland to claim his inheritance after the demise of his grandmother.

There are those who believe Lance an imposter, and who he is-and was-becomes more of an enigma as Archy traces Lance's progress from the snowy Alps to the sands of Palm Beach. If he isn't the true heir, who is he? And who is the alluring Baroness Holga von Brecht, who is old enough to be his mother but claims to be his lover? When an old school chum of Holga's is made redundant, Archy must make some daring choices to snare a double murderer.

Baker & Taylor
In the wake of a murder during a prestigious tennis benefit, Archy McNally investigates the identity of Lance Talbot, who he suspects may not be a true heir to a recently deceased Palm Beach dowager duchess and whose questionable relationships draw links to a double murder. 150,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The dowager duchess of Palm Beach dies, leaving behind a fabulous fortune and a handsome young heir - and Archy McNally is left trying to figure out who's who.
When a young waiter working Malcolm "Nifty" MacNiff's annual Tennis Everyone! benefit is found dead in Nifty's otherwise pristine swimming pool, it's Archy McNally, south Florida's most famous Discreet Inquirer, who rushes in to salvage the town's reputation and solve the unfortunate crime. Palm Beach is already in a tizzy over the arrival of its newest millionaire, Lance Talbot, just in from Switzerland to claim his inheritance after the demise of his grandmother.
Poor Jeff Rodgers has barely been pulled from the water when Palm Beach's rumor mill goes into overdrive. Why has Dennis Darling, crack reporter for Bare Facts magazine, descended on the fair island? Just how did handsome Lance escape the avalanche that took his mother's life, and brought him back to his Florida family? And just who is the alluring Baroness Holga von Brecht, the well-preserved woman on Lance's arm, whose ageless features have Palm Beach matrons lusting after her beauty secrets? When an old school chum of Holga's is made redundant, Archy works overtime to snare a double murderer.

Baker
& Taylor

In the wake of a murder during a tennis benefit, Archy McNally investigates Lance Talbot, whom he suspects may not be a true heir to a deceased Palm Beach dowager duchess and whose questionable relationships draw links to a double murder.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons 2003.
ISBN: 9780399150555
0399150552
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sanders, Lawrence 1920-1998.

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