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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.