MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) the fourth Maggie Ryan mystery. An Anthony and Macavity finalist.

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The fourth Maggie Ryan mystery

An Anthony Award nominee. A Macavity Award nominee.

Maggie and Nick hope to buy a lovely old brownstone. It looks like a dream house for a young couple expecting their first child, but problems show up. It needs renovation-- okay. There's a stubborn tenant who refuses to move out-- not so okay.

And there's a corpse on the top floor. . . .


“They find the the perfect Brooklyn brownstone to renovate, but the fierce old lady in the basement apartment is sure she’ll be evicted if they buy the building, and she goes to hilarious extremes to discourage them. But an uneasy truce is declared when Maggie finds a corpse on an upper floor. Julia Northrop is a heroine to reckon with, as tough and feisty as Maggie herself, and there are some truly heart-stopping moments when Julia becomes the next target of the killer... Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- Tom and Enid Schantz, THE PURLOINED LETTER

"[MURDER UNRENOVATED] is packed full of wonderful, beautifully developed characters, people the reader will care about and hate to say goodbye to at the end of the book. Maggie herself is a delight, and so is the old woman who doesn’t want to lose her home in the house Nick and Maggie want to buy. Pat Carlson is one of those writers (and we have been blessed with a number of them in the mystery field) who demonstrate an amazing degree of wisdom and knowledge about human nature and an equal degree of compassion and sensitivity. The characters and their relationships and interactions alone would make this a deeply satisfying novel. In addition, the reader is treated to skillful, literate writing and an engrossing, suspenseful mystery story. This is one of my favorite mysteries of all time." -- Phyllis Brown, GROUNDS FOR MURDER

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the fourth novel in the Maggie Ryan series, a 1989 nominee for Macavity and Anthony Awards.


AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
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