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  • ISBN 0061173711
  • ISBN13 978-0061173714
  • Language English
  • Author Jane Stanton Hitchcock
  • Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Pages 368
  • Formats rtf doc mbr lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory United States
  • Size ePub 1513 kb
  • Size Fb2 1883 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 868

“Murder, blackmail, and betrayal, all set against the glittering backdrop of Washington society.” —The Today Show

 

No one knows the world of high society better that New York Times bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock—and no one captures its behind-the-scenes scandals and secrets better. In Mortal Friends, the Edgar® Award-nominated author of Trick of the Eye and Social Crimes offers readers a comedy of manners and murders which Barbara Goldsmith describes as a “dizzying dash through the heights of Washington society, a high velocity novel with more twists than a corkscrew.” Dominick Dunne said, “I had a great weekend with this book.” Find out how the other half live—and die—by spending some quality time with Mortal Friends.


Ships from and sold by Collectiblecounty. In her new book, Hitchcock has moved the scene to Washington DC. Her protagonist is a youngish, single woman, an owner of a Georgetown antiques store, who is active on the Washington DC social scene. Here, the merely wealthy businessmen and bankers are joined by politicians, lobbyists, and other characters unique to Washington DC. The story has a murder, several, actually, and Hitchcock gives the reader a great, and varied, supporting cast to Reven Lynch, her main character.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock (born November 24, 1946) is an American author, playwright, and screenwriter. She has written several plays but is known mostly for her mystery novels Trick of the Eye, The Witches' Hammer, Social Crimes, One Dangerous Lady, Mortal Friends, and Bluff. Hitchcock also wrote the screenplays for Our Time and First Love.

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Mortal Friends: A Novel. by Jane Stanton Hitchcock. Dominick Dunne said, I had a great weekend with this book. Find out how the other half live-and die-by spending some quality time with Mortal Friends

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Jane Stanton Hitchcock's newest novel Mortal Friends is a seductive mystery set in Georgetown, where the real Washington DC power lies

Jane Stanton Hitchcock's newest novel Mortal Friends is a seductive mystery set in Georgetown, where the real Washington DC power lies. When the Beltway Basher's latest victim is found in a nearby park, best friends society matron Violet and antique shop owner Reven get involved in the crime. Violet is obsessed with true life crime stories, and Reven becomes entangled when a police detective asks her for help in solving the case. Hitchcock expertly draws the reader into this story and the world of.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock presents us with a "murderers row" of personalities who are all stranded at the peculiar Washington . But, she is a good writer and Mortal Friends, like her four previous novels, is a very good read.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock presents us with a "murderers row" of personalities who are all stranded at the peculiar Washington intersection of income, intellect, and influence. From the outset it is clear that each and everyone of these people is capable of murder and in dispensing with the trivialities of their individual existences she allows each one of her characters to breath down the back of your neck, take you by the hand, and brush their lips along the nape of your neck.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock. Crimes (People magazine's Beach Book of the Week), One Dangerous Lady, and Mortal Friends.

New York Times bestselling author and native New Yorker Jane Stanton Hitchcock started her career as a playwright and screenwriter. For Jim, who brought me to Washington. No woman has ever told the whole truth of her life. A country cannot survive on the impropriety of its wealthiest classes. senator zachary grider. Chapter 1. Violet Bolton loathed concerts as much as she loved murder.

Talk about Mortal Friends: A Novel


Hamrl
Washington DC isn't your standard setting for a society novel/mystery, but Hitchcock deliciously uses her insider's knowledge.
This one is engaging, well-crafted and lively. Most of the main characters come to life easily and realistically, except Grant Bolton. He remained wooden and more of a caricature to me. I appreciate the first person main character Reven's honest voice and droll humor. She's loyal, loving, fun, sophisticated and down to earth. Her flaws are realistic and recognizable, making her a refreshing character.

Reven and best friend Violet have an enduring relationship that is believable and complex, both of which are key to the story. I'm not usually a fan of characters like Violet, but her childhood and ugly duckling - swan transformation shows a vulnerable and humorous person who is likable and believable. The contrasting backgrounds of both an ongoing serial killer investigation and the many exclusive, glitzy parties they attend are well wrought. Even the holes in the serial killer story arc are believable because of Reven's secretive relationship with Det. Gunner.

There are many moving parts to this clever story and Hitchcock unfortunately gives short shrift to some of them. A good many little details either didn't quite ring true or I felt would be better fleshed out:
-Reven's hopes for a real relationship with Bob Poll seemed off key.
-Although she spent a lot of time at her shop, it came across more as a plot device than a business. Her store could've leapt off the page, as her assistant did, but instead seemed more like dead weight.
-Violet's son seemed an afterthought, conveniently up at boarding school.
-I'd have loved to learn more about Reven's new assistant, Polo.

Hitchcock teased the readers with many other interesting characters and mini story arcs that don't pan out. If she'd spent less time on the glut of extraneous characters and parties, she could've then focused on Reven's store and characters such as Polo and Tee.
I also would've preferred an end focus on Violet's "lost years", rather than the abrupt ending. I'd love to see a sequel, where Gunner, Reven and Violet team up to solve a mystery, perhaps aided by Sen. Grider and Tee, the clever teenager. Why not? Social Crimes had a sequel!

I'm a fan of Hitchcock and thoroughly enjoyed this adventure, even with my criticisms. I hope to read more from her!
Adrietius
...and Mortal Friends is NOT War and Peace. But, she is a good writer and Mortal Friends, like her four previous novels, is a very good read.

Hitchcock writes in the first person and the protagonist in her previous three books was a women "of a certain age", prominent in New York City society. Her adventures on the social scene in NYC were interestingly played out and Hitchcock is a master at defining the ins and outs of that segment of New York high society, ie. living on the UES and active on charity boards.

In her new book, Hitchcock has moved the scene to Washington DC. Her protagonist is a youngish, single woman, an owner of a Georgetown antiques store, who is active on the Washington DC social scene. Here, the merely wealthy businessmen and bankers are joined by politicians, lobbyists, and other characters unique to Washington DC. The story has a murder, several, actually, and Hitchcock gives the reader a great, and varied, supporting cast to Reven Lynch, her main character.

Hitchcock is a good writer - she really is - and Mortal Friends, like her four previous novels has an easy flow to it. You'll enjoy it.
Goltigor
Just a suggestion, do NOT start this book thinking you'll just read a little here and there. I put off everything so I could finish this book! I absolutely loved Ms. Hitchcock's previous novels, and was a little bummed to see she didn't continue on with Jo Slater, but within the first couple chapters of this book, I was thinking 'Jo who?'

I really liked the main character here, Reven Lynch, even if she was a little flighty at times (especially near the end). I thought numerous times I had everything figured out, only to be completely wrong! This is not at ALL a predictable, high society whodunit. There are a few mini-stories going on all at the same time, but it's never confusing or too much...who is Cynthia Rinehart, and how exactly does she spend her money? Is the Beltway Basher someone in the upper crust of society, and how does he choose his victims? Does Reven REALLY know the people who are closest to her?

Overall, I DEFINITELY recommend this. Ms. Hitchcock has a real knack for portraying an image of high society without making it seem silly and unrealistic. If you're at all interested in reading this, I say go for it, and when you've finished, pick up 'Social Crimes' and 'One Dangerous Lady', also excellent Hitchcock novels.
Jugore
Jane Stanton Hitchcock's MORTAL FRIENDS is a deliciously wicked read. The writing is sharp and the plotting is swift and smart. What intrigued me was that this novel is set in the upper social strata of Washington D.C., and some of the characters sound like they could be based on some very prominent people. Guessing who's who is part of the fun in reading this book. I've been a fan of Hitchcock's since reading SOCIAL CRIMES years ago, and I can't think of another contemporary novelist who does such a great job of drawing back the curtain on the world of the rich, powerful, and immoral.
Rose Of Winds
A quick fun read - enjoyed the story. It's not serious so if you want some light summer reading - go for it!
Gtonydne
Hated to see this book end. Hitchcock knows how to create "real" people.
Keath
Jane Stanton Hitchcock is my new favorite author. Her books are top-notch, with many twists you don't see coming. High society meets high crime.
First time I have read this author and the book was wonderful. Twist and turns that kept me reading. Can't wait until she comes out with another book to read. Have passed it on to many friends and they have all enjoyed it.