Harlem's supersleuth Mali Anderson is back
on the case in the fourth installment of Grace Edwards's beautifully
rendered and critically acclaimed Mali Anderson mystery series.
All of the characters Edwards's fans love are back. This time Mali and
company take to the high seas for a brief trip aboard the QE2. When they
return to Harlem, they discover that the singer in Dad's jazz band has
been murdered--her throat slit from ear to ear, and her shirtsleeve ripped
to expose faded track marks. The girl's father, also a member of Dad's
band, is devastated. Out of a sense of duty, responsibility, and loyalty
to her father and his grieving friend, Mali sets out to find the murderer
and slips in and out of the "three B's" of Harlem--the beauty
shops, barbershops, and bars--with her signature grace and grit.
A spectacularly drawn Harlem--the good, the bad, and the ugly--comes
vividly to life in Do or Die, which has all the charm and chutzpah
Edwards's fans have grown to expect. Readers will take delicious pleasure
not only in Mali's struggle to find the culprit before he strikes again;
they will cheer her on as she fights for her jaw-droppingly gorgeous (and
sensitive) man, Tad Honeywell, when he becomes the target of a sexpot's
On the way to pick up her orphaned nephew Alvin at the
world-renowned Uptown Children's Chorus, Mali hears the screams of a terrified child. As
she and her Great Dane, Ruffin, race to the rescue, a car speeds away, leaving a young boy
dazed on the sidewalk and a man lying in the street with a bullet hole in his forehead.
The victim is her friend, Erskin Harding, tour director of the Chorus and a man without an
enemy in the world. Could he have been the target, or was he an innocent bystander gunned
down as he tried to prevent the kidnapping of young Morris Johnson? Though Mali has good
reason to be suspicious of the police, there's one cop she's ready to trust: Tad
Honeywell, smart, suave, and handsome. But as she follows her leads, each seems to lead
only to more mayhem.
Grace F. Edwards Publisher: Random House, Incorporated Date Published: March 1999 Format: Trade Paper
On a busy Saturday night at a Harlem hot spot called the
Half-Moon Bar, a shot rings out. Fatally wounded is a popular barmaid and sometime actress
named Thea. The main suspect is the young, suave Kendrick, Thea's boyfriend and the
brother of sleuth Mali Anderson's good friend Bert. Miss Bert, the straight-talking owner
of Bertha's Beauty Shop, appeals to Mali to get her brother off the hook. As the story
unwinds against the lushly painted backdrop of contemporary Harlem, old characters return
(Mali's handsome boyfriend Tad, her jazz musician father, and her preteen nephew Alvin),
new characters pop up (the colorful Too Hot, the elegant Gladys Winston), and Mali wends
her way through one of the most fascinating neighborhoods on the globe to finally nail the
Grace F. Edwards Publisher: Bantam Books, Incorporated Date Published: February 2000 Format: Mass Market Paperbound
A serial killer stalks Harlem's Strivers' Row...
On a sweltering Harlem summer night, ex-cop Mali Anderson steps out to celebrate her
friend Claudine's divorce from a handsome, cheating deadbeat who couldn't keep his fists
out of her face. But Claudine doesn't show up for their dinner. Instead, she is found
brutally murdered in her elegant home just off Strivers' Row, and Mali has no doubt
Claudine's ex did it. Despite his threats, she can't keep out of the investigation.
Especially when another woman meets the same savage, bizarre fate....
The two murders are just the start of a trail that leads street-smart Mali through the
trash-talking and wise philosophizing of barbershops, beauty parlors, and bars...and
toward a cunning killer whose homegrown hatred is zeroing in on Mali herself.