From Avon paperback edition: "A certain brigth eyed man was with Liza O'Brien when she discovered the hideous thing cramped in the animal pen. She was half relieved to be with someone in the eerie, deserted pet shop, and half afraid of this sinister stranger. Then, when she turned around for a minute or two, the weird old gent disappeared. The next time she saw him he was a corpse. Liza O'Brien is a soft, inexperienced young artist who is very much involved in murder. You'll get to know her intimately in this clever new Mr. and Mrs. North Murder puzzle."
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A pet-shop owner is killed in his store, and Mr. and Mrs. North take it personally A smart businessman would never think to open a pet shop in the inconspicuous patch of Greenwich Village known as West Kepp Street, but J. K. Halder isn?t here to make money. A millionaire animal lover, he keeps the shop as a hobby, even though it?s fate hangs perpetually in the balance. As it happens, Halder won?t see it through the end. He has just opened the shop for the day when his final customer enters. Halder knows the visitor by sight, and he also knows that nothing he can say will save his life. There are dozens of witnesses to the murder, but luckily for the killer, animals don?t talk. It will take a peculiar kind of detective to unravel this unusual murder, and there?s no sleuth more peculiar than Pamela North. She and her husband love animals nearly as much as Halder did, and they?ll go to any length to avenge his death. Murder in a Hurry is the 14th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.… (more)