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5.0 out of 5 stars The witty dialog between Jane and Shelly is worth the price, 20 Sep 1998
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Although it is the holiday season, Jane Jeffry feels more harried than merry. On Friday night, she is hosting a caroling party. On Saturday, she is giving a cookie exchange party for the nrighborhood. On top of all that, she must meet the mother of her lover for the first time. To make matters worse for Jane, a well-meaning neighbor informs Jane that she has invited the scandal mongering reporter, Lance "The Merchant of Menace" King to cover the event and the tabloid journalist accepts the offer.
Though she prefers he did not, Lance arrives at the caroling party. Broadcasting from Jane's home, he hints to his TV audience that on his next show he will reveal a scandal here in suburbia. Later that evening, Jane looks out her window and sees Lance's body impaled on the antler of a reindeer in her neighbor's yard. The police believe a homicide occurred, as there is evidence the man was pushed from a rooftop. Jane believes that one of her guests wanted to silence Lance before his next show. As she has done before with her friend Shelly, Jane begins to investigate the murder.
The ninth entry in the Jeffry mystery series is funny, witty, and an example of how well written dialog can turn a good story line a great novel. The repartee between Jane and Shelly is some of the best interplay since Lucy and Ethel. With her jocular THE MERCHANT OF MENACE, Jill Churchill has sold the idea that suburbia can be an exciting place.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hysterically funny and absorbing mystery, 8 Sep 1998
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Although it is the holiday season, Jane Jeffry feels more harried than merry. On Friday night, she is hosting a caroling party. On Saturday, she is giving a cookie exchange party for the nrighborhood. On top of all that, she must meet the mother of her lover for the first time. To make matters worse for Jane, a well-meaning neighbor informs Jane that she has invited the scandal mongering reporter, Lance "The Merchant of Menace" King to cover the event and the tabloid journalist accepts the offer.

Though she prefers he did not, Lance arrives at the caroling party. Broadcasting from Jane's home, he hints to his TV audience that on his next show he will reveal a scandal here in suburbia. Later that evening, Jane looks out her window and sees Lance's body impaled on the antler of a reindeer in her neighbor's yard. The police believe a homicide occurred, as there is evidence the man was pushed from a rooftop. Jane believes that one of her guests wanted to silence Lance before his next show. As she has done before with her friend Shelly, Jane begins to investigate the murder.

The ninth entry in the Jeffry mystery series is funny, witty, and an example of how well written dialog can turn a good story line a great novel. The repartee between Jane and Shelly is some of the best interplay since Lucy and Ethel. With her jocular THE MERCHANT OF MENACE, Jill Churchill has sold the idea that suburbia can be an exciting place.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!, 23 Oct 1998
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I have read all of Jill Churchill's books with "Jane Jeffry" and she does not disappoint me- ever.This mystery has the hectic christmas events we all are familiar with, some progress in her romance with Mel, her wonderful friend Shelly (aka Watson to her Holmes), and a mystery to keep you guessing. What more can you ask? If you enjoyed her earlier work you will definitely enjoy this latest caper of Jane Jeffry. Definitely worth five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Oct 1998
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Another winner for Ms Churchill. Jane and Shelley and their complicated lives - who would imagine such goings on surrounding seemingly normal down to earth people. I'd like to move into this suburb and sit back and enjoy the comings and goings. Please keep up the good work. This is a quick and easy read that simply zips along. Read it and all the Jane Jeffrey stories. Way to go Kansas authors!
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The Merchant of Menace (Jane Jeffry Mysteries)
The Merchant of Menace (Jane Jeffry Mysteries) by Jill Churchill (Mass Market Paperback - Oct 1999)
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