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Long Time No See
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In Susan Isaac's Long Time No See, Courtney Logan, former investment analyst, devoted mother, and Long Island housewife, leaves her home on Halloween night for a quick trip to the grocery store. Five months later, her badly decomposed body is found floating in the backyard pool, concealed by the pool cover.

Enter Judith Singer, who helped find a murderer in Isaac's 1978 bestseller, Compromising Positions. Something about the Logan case doesn't make sense to Judith, and she becomes so engrossed in the mystery that she actually knocks on the grieving husband's door and offers to help exonerate him. Long Time No See draws on the best of the light, character-driven mysteries, like those by Janet Evanovich and Mary Daheim. Isaac's first- person heroine is impulsive enough to get herself into trouble, yet thoughtful enough to invite confidences. And her voice is appealingly funny and honest. "Since becoming a widow," she reflects, when faced with a twist in her investigation, I'd tried hard not to indulge in the lonely person's Happy Hour: talking to oneself. About a year earlier, in the drugstore, I found myself befuddled, dithering between a condom rack and a display of batteries, and was startled when I heard my own loud voice demanding: 'Why am I here?' But now I gave in and had a chat with me.

Although clever and well-written, the novel's real strength lies in its characterization and in Isaac's leisurely unfolding of the implausible dark side of the perky blonde murder victim. This is a welcome outing from a deservedly popular writer. --Regina Marler

From Publishers Weekly
The 20 years between Isaac's bestselling Compromising Positions and this second book to feature amateur sleuth Judith Singer have not affected the author's talent for snappy dialogue and astringent assessments of cant and pretension. In those two decades, Judith has raised two children, lost her husband, achieved a doctorate in history and is teaching (without much satisfaction) at a local college. When her Long Island neighbor, ex-investment banker and perfect mom Courtney Logan, goes missing, Judith become curious; and when Courtney turns up dead, and the husband is accused, she becomes downright obsessed. Greg Logan, it turns out, is the son of notorious gangster Fancy Phil Lowenstein, who arrives on Judith's doorstep with an offer to hire her to help his son. Naturally, her former lover, Lt. Nelson Sharp of the Nassau County Police Department, admonishes Judith to mind her own business, but she pursues her hunch that brilliant and beautiful Courtney seemed to be missing a certain "something" that no one could put a finger on. Judith suspects the key to the crime lies in the victim's character. How right she is! However, the real trouble with Courtney is that she's not very interesting, even at her worst, and Judith's investigation, despite several clever twists, goes on too long, as does the murderer's bizarre confession. But an upbeat ending will satisfy readers, and it suggests that it won't be 20 years before we encounter Judith Singer again.

From Booklist
This long-awaited sequel to the best-selling comic mystery Compromising Positions (1978) reintroduces feisty Long Islander Judith Singer. In the more-than-20 years since we've seen her, she's acquired a doctorate in history and lost her husband to a heart attack, but she's held on to the zeal for investigating murders that landed her in so much trouble in her first adventure. Judith has been minding her own business for a long time, but when ostensibly perfect soccer mom Courtney Logan turns up dead in a backyard swimming pool, Judith can't resist getting involved. Courtney's husband, Greg, is the prime suspect, but Judith doesn't believe he did it, and neither does Greg's father, the Tony Sopranoesque gangster Fancy Phil Lowenstein. He hires Judith to clear Greg's name, and she goes about the job armed with female intuition, charm, and an amazing ability to lie through her teeth. She also gets to spar with Nelson Sharpe, a local police detective and former lover whom Judith hasn't seen in 20 years. A gripping plot with skillfully rendered secondary characters and plenty of tart humor make this sequel every bit as entertaining as its predecessor. Recommend it to Evanovich fans: Judith Singer is a 20-year-older version of Stephanie Plum. Carrie Bissey

Kirkus *Starred Review*
"Isaacs does it again: skewering the pretensions of upscale suburbanites and in a tender, funny romance."

New York Time Book Review
“A big, fat, happy feast of a book…[She] is both funny and piercing, a highly satisfying combination.”

Library Journal
"LONG TIME NO SEE will delight her many readers."

The Boston Globe
"Jam-packed with wry observations and Judith's entertaining foibles, [LONG TIME NO SEE] is good fun."

People Magazine
"Hilarious satire of suburbia"

Booklist
A gripping plot and plenty of tart humor make this sequel every bit as entertaining as its predecessor.

Rocky Mountain News
“It’s nice to take refuge in a mystery that entertains rather than chills you to the bone.”

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