Picks and Pans Review: The Murder of Miranda
At a California swimming club for the wealthy, there is a nervous new manager. Understandably. An old man sits by the pool writing mean, anonymous letters about other members. The lifeguard is a beach bum the women adore. An awful little boy plays vicious tricks. A recent widow takes a job trying to keep an elderly admiral's dotty daughters out of trouble. This is a funny tale of murder with emphasis on eccentric characters and fey dialogue. Millar is the wife of Ross Macdonald, creator of the Lew Archer books, and her novels are as comically entertaining as his are brooding and black. (Random House, $8.95)
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