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They Did It with Love    by Kate Morgenroth order for
They Did It with Love
by Kate Morgenroth
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Plume, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Quite abruptly, Sophie and Dean decide to move from Manhattan to an upscale neighborhood in Greenwich, Connecticut.

There they will meet Priscilla and Gordon, Susan and Henry, Ashley and Stewart, and Julia and Alex (and a few others, all financially secure couples within their multi-million dollar homes). Other than the Junior League, aspirations of having their homes featured in Architectural Digest, and shopping at the most exclusive shops around the world, the women (all with prosperous husbands) share at least one other thing in common: their mystery book club.

Meeting regularly and working their way through established and contemporary authors, the women of the book club, however, have varying degrees of commitment to their little literary guild. Sophie, though, is particularly fond of mysteries - especially murder mysteries - and not long after she and Dean settle down into their lives in their fashionable hometown, something macabre and bizarre happens: one of their social circle dies - under curious circumstances - and soon, Sophie finds herself embroiled in a real-life murder mystery.

When the police become involved, and when Sophie lends her support to the police in their investigation, surprising discoveries begin having a seismic effect on otherwise peaceful Greenwich. Then, when one of the husbands is arrested for murder, everyone in the mystery book club begins to realize the truth of one of Agatha Christie's maxims: 'Nobody knows anybody - not that well!'

Everyone seems to have something to hide in They Did It with Love, and author Kate Morgenroth pulls out all the stops in this sophisticated tale of deceit, passion, and murder. Cleverly plotted and nicely paced, this top-notch mystery is full of fascinating characters, nail-biting intrigue, and plenty of surprises.

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