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Baby Doll Games [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Margaret Maron

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Dec 1992
When a shadowy figure kills a dancer in a Greenwich Village theater before an audience of horrified children, NYPD detective Sigrid Harald is outraged and soon has a gut feeling that passion played a large part in the murder. With no physical evidence, she turns to special dolls used by therapists to help children talk about crimes they've witnessed.
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print edition edition (Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708927750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708927755
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,506,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes, you get a yen to go back and reread... 22 July 2001
By L. Quido - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
titles or series you've enjoyed. I've had just such a wish with Margaret Maron's first series, the Sigrid Harald "cop" series, set in New York City. Sigrid's a bit of a loner, who starts to find her true self after she makes Lieutenant in a midtown squad. The first 4 books in the series are all worth reading (Start with "One Coffee With", "Death of a Butterfly", "Death in Blue Folders" and "The Right Jack") and lead up to "Baby Doll Games", in which Maron uses the literary trick of slipping inside a minor character's part (the child psychologist) to give the reader some thought-provoking clues as to how the story will end. The major theme, the death of a compelling young dancer, will hold your interest, but it is the minor mystery, about two youngsters, that provides the incredible plot twist and ending. This book also dives in more thoroughly to the totally goofy Roman Tramegra, who gives Harald's asetic home life some warmth and style. Possibly the best book in this series, although my personal favorite comes along in 7th position..."Past Imperfect". Maron delivers no matter if her heroine is Harald, or the decidedly more feminine Deborah Knotts. Enjoy!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in the Sigrid Harald series 25 Dec 2000
By Elizabeth B. Daykin - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Margaret Maron is not the greatest mystery writer of our day, but this is her best. She masterfully describes the incredible murder and twists in a side plot that's brilliant (although slightly predictable). If you buy only one Margaret Maron mystery (which I recommend), buy this one or "The Right Jack."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Story 24 Feb 2011
By Karen in OR - Published on
As a preface to any review of the Sigrid Harald series, I think it only right to include the author's note from the final book "Fugitive Colors".

"Lieutenant Sigrid Harald, NYPD first appeared in... "One Coffee With" in 1981. "Fugitive Colors" is her eighth adventure, with each book set in what was - and is - the current "now."

"One Coffee With" began on a blue-sky sunny April day. Spring gave way to summer, then autumn in New York, followed by Christmas and one of the worst Februarys in the city's memory (in Sigrid's memory, too, unfortunately)

For the author, fourteen years have passed. For Sigrid Harald herself, no matter how much internal evidence alert readers may cite to the contrary, it has been only one short tumultuous year.

And now it is spring again. . . "

As mentioned, this jewel of a character study spans the course of eight full length novels plus two short stories, one, "Lieutenant Harald And the `Treasure Island' Treasure" was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and the other, "Lieutenant Harald And The Impossible Gun" first appeared in Marilyn Wallace's fourth anthology. Both can be found in Margaret Maron's short story anthology "Shoveling Smoke".

As other reviewers have noted, these stories must be read in the correct order to fully understand the amazing transformation Sigrid goes through in the span of a short year, both internally and externally. And yet, all of the books can stand alone as well-plotted mysteries. This is the mark of Maron's true genius.

"Baby Doll Games" (1988) - On Halloween at a matinee ballet performance, a shadowy figure kills a dancer in a little Greenwich Village theatre before an audience of horrified children. Sigrid is outraged. Her instincts tell her it was a crime of passion, but she has no evidence. She does, however, have a source of inside information. Her roommate, Roman Tramegra, had been acting as scenarist for the company's production of a new ballet `Ghosties and Ghouls'. This has enabled him to observe the interactions of the troop for several months. Will this be enough to enable Sigrid to figure out what has really been going on that was worth killing to cover up?

Sigrid continues to have her personal life push at the boundaries she would like to set for it. One of the witnesses in the audience turns out to be an old schoolmate of Sigrid's and has her own agenda when it comes to renewing the acquaintance. Another question is why has her boss, Captain McKinnon, specialized in Detective Second Grade Michael Cluett (who is pushing sixty if a day) from Brooklyn to help cover her department's temporary depletion of manpower. Detective Tildon is not expected to return to work before January. But why Cluett, who is so obviously just counting down the weeks until retirement? And Nauman is now ready to take their relationship to the next level. Is Sigrid?

This is another morally ambiguous murder mystery that Margaret Maron excels at; one is left with a profound sadness at the end of the book, knowing that a single decision could have kept things from becoming this dire.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 8 Nov 2013
By Lotta Bangs - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The fifth book in the Sigrid Harald series was especially interesting for me because I love anything to do with ballet and dancers. Evidently Maron does too; either that or she did a huge amount of research on the background.

I picked the murderer immediately, though I had no idea what the motive might be, and though I wavered a few times as new information came to light, I stuck with that choice.

Despite the frequent fits of artistic temperament, it was interesting to see how the ballet troupe still worked together like a close-knit supportive family, even while knowing that one of their number was a killer. I’ve never seen a better example of the old maxim ‘the show must go on.’

Sigrid’s housemate Roman wrote the scenario for the Halloween ballet and has been hanging around the troupe for months during the rehearsals, so has an insider’s view of their interactions. Roman has long been planning to write a mystery novel and has been nagging Sigrid for interesting case details. He tries to play the sleuth here and does some useful poking around while cleaning up.

Oscar is largely absent on other business which confuses Sigrid.

I felt as Sigrid and Anne did about the pushy do-gooder child psychologist who used the baby dolls of the title to communicate with her young patients, and was happy to see her get her comeuppance. But I would have appreciated an epilogue to tell us what happened to the two orphaned children. 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 22 July 2013
By kelly - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
as with all Margaret maroons, this book is well written. the characters are believable, the problems and questions it raises are real and the ending is worth reading the book.
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