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Editor reviews

What might be just another mystery-romance about the posh Washington set becomes an engrossing thriller. Reven (that's "never" spelled backwards) owns an antique shop and gossip-stop in the nation's capital. A serial killer called "The Beltway Basher" is murdering women and depositing their bodies in nearby parks, one where Reven and her old school chum, Violet, jog. Gunner, a mysterious and very sexy detective, believes the killer is the power-player Reven is dating. Jennifer Van Dyck's performance adds gloss to a polished story. She uses her sultry tones, whip-smart wisecracks, and spot-on pacing to keep listeners guessing. Well-drawn characters, lots of red herrings, a thrilling surprise ending, and Van Dyck's accomplished narration make this worthwhile entertainment.

Summary

When the latest victim of the "Beltway Basher" is found in the woods of Montrose Park, Reven Lynch's favorite jogging spot, her crime-loving antenna goes up. The murder makes Reven and her best friend, Violet Bolton, reconsider their running route - but that's not the only change in Reven's routine.

Her chic Georgetown neighborhood isn't accustomed to brutal slayings, and when the smooth, enigmatic Detective Gunner shows up in her antique shop, asking pointed questions, Reven's left wondering how close to home the killings are. Gunner is convinced the murderer is a society bigshot hiding in plain sight. But he is out of his element in the rarefied world of embassy dinners and symphony balls, and Reven is perfectly positioned to feed him the inside information he needs. She throws herself into her role as the detective's "ersatz Mata Hari," only to discover that the prominent skirt-chasing businessman for whom she's fallen tops Gunner's shortlist of suspects. And that's not the half of it: a philanthropic bombshell named Cynthia Rinehart has taken the city by storm, and Violet's steady marriage is suddenly encountering some major turbulence. . . .

During the course of the investigation, the social world will unravel, an old friendship will be put to the test, scandalous secrets will be unleashed, and Reven will discover that nothing old or new, in high culture or low life, is what it appears. A riveting tale of murder, money, and high society, set in the glamorous, politics-fueled world of the nation's capital, Mortal Friends delivers another "killer read" (People).

©2009 Jane Stanton Hitchcock (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Good Book

I was really pleased to find this on audible. I really like this author and I found this story really enjoyable. The narration was good. I wish there were more of her books on audible.

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A smashing read

This is the third book by Jane Stanton Hitchcock that I have either read of listened to and it is as good as the first two. Beautifully read by Jennifer Van Dyke, it tells of romance, murder and mystery amongst the rich and famous of Washington DC,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-21

Kept me guessing

I have now read three of this authors books and while this was far from my favorite, it did keep you guessing the entire time. However, unlike her other two books I have read, I could not form a bond with these characters. The lead character, Reven, is beyond shallow, self absorbed and naive. It drove me crazy! The other characters just weren’t formed well. Still a good read though.

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  • mansherman
  • 23-02-21

I DARE YOU TO FIGURE IT OUT BEFORE THE REVEAL!!!

Fast paced, And while this is is a standalone, it is well worth your time to read her in reading order. The narrator is especially talented.

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  • elchad
  • 11-08-22

Love this author!

Love the author, love the narrator and love all of the little twists she throws in at the end of her books!

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  • Vitamin K
  • 24-05-22

Good overall!

I think this author and narrator combination are fabulous together and the overall story kept me interested the whole time! My only complaint is how dense and self-centered our main character was, but I suppose that was the point. Definitely recommend listening!

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  • Jeannette or Carl Zeiler
  • 22-05-22

Another must read by Jane Stanton Hitchcock!

Once again Hitchcock did not disappoint! I was absolutely enthralled by this novel! So many twists and turns you do not see coming! I LOVE that! Just when you think you’ve got it figured out…..nope….try again lol!
Jane is so great at keeping you entranced from the very first sentence to the very last word! I was SO engrossed in it that I didn’t want to have to press pause for ANYTHING!

EXCELLENT narration by Jennifer Van Dyck! BRAVO!
Do yourself a favor and read this novel! You won’t be disappointed!

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  • JL Mrsny
  • 20-01-22

Mortal Friends

Fantastic read. Jane Stanton Hitchcock does not disappoint. The book held all of my attention and kept me interested up until the end!
The narrator of choice suites the store best. I won’t give up details, but is definitely worth every minute! I would listen again, which is rare for me! Thank you!

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  • Linda Kindel
  • 17-12-21

Fun with a plot that twists every which way

This author’s books are a great read and worth your time. You will never guess who dunnit.

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  • Suzanne
  • 05-09-21

Write More Books, Jane! :)

I've listened to all of JSH's books, but one. (The Witches... is too dark for me). My favorite book is Bluff. I enjoyed the poker references, I'd enjoy another book with that protagonist. I really like the relatableness and/or intelligence/gutsyness of her women. I like seeing a woman who has a life that doesn't depend on a man, but who does want a healthy relationship. I like seeing a woman who works her way past settling for a commitment-phobic man. I like that all this happens without the protagonist having children. I like that there is a backdrop of money.

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  • The Day Family
  • 27-06-21

Fabulous story

Great story and great narrator! The narrator can ruin a book but she did an amazing job!