Journalism professor Lindsay Gordon is shocked to read of the death of her old friend, novelist Penny Varnavides, who died in a bizarre accident involving an exploding bottle. Penny's ex-lover Meredith wants Lindsay to investigate the crime. Lindsay learns that Penny died in the exact same manner she described in her newest, still unpublished, mystery novel. The only people who know about this plot device were Penny's literary agent, editor, and Meredith.

Lindsay soon finds herself enmeshed in a world of power plays, soured relationships, and the ultimate in backstabbing.

BOOKED FOR MURDER is a solid piece of storytelling in the traditional vein. McDermid excels at describing a world of jealousies and backbiting and the reader is immediately engrossed in this complex tale. (May, 272 pp., $12.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg