Lardo, Vincent

McNally Series
Lardo, Vincent - Florida Authors McNally's Dilemma (1999)
From Library Journal
Private investigator Archy McNally has real problems. His friend Melva Williams has confessed to the murder of her husband, Geoffrey, after finding him with another woman. She asks Archy to take care of her daughter, a chore that leaves him in hot water with his fianc?e. Meanwhile, Archy must also find the person who is blackmailing another family friend. While investigating this case, Archy finds clues that link both of these crimes together. Listeners will truly enjoy this whodunit. It is full of twists and turns as well as hilarious dialog. The story is well written and will hold one's interest until the bitter end, leaving you wanting more. Tony Award nominee Boyd Gaines is an extremely gifted reader and does a masterful job interpreting this novel. A wonderful addition for all libraries.ADanna Bell-Russell, Library of Congress
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Lardo, Vincent - Florida Authors McNally's Folly (2000)
South Florida's premier sleuth-about-town strikes again--in a deliciously daffy caper that takes a decidedly deadly turn.

When the Palm Beach Community Theater needs a director for their production of Arsenic and Old Lace, Archy tosses his megaphone into the ring. After all, Hollywood legend Desdemona Darling will lend her considerable talents to the production. And while resident grand dame Lady Cynthia Horowitz wants a little of the spotlight to fall on her latest live-in-hunk, Buzz Carr, she has no intention of letting Buzz rehearse all day with the actress who, like Lady C, has made marriage a cottage industry.

For poor Archy, there's more drama backstage than onstage and plenty of confusion everywhere, especially with the fuzzy-headed Binky Watrous serving as stage manager. But when an actor takes a sip of prop wine and drops dead, the Palm Beach police suddenly take a special interest in the local theater scene.

In a play filled with murderers, only Archy can separate the actors from the genuine article, clear Binky, and bring down the curtain on the latest and most enjoyable of McNally's follies.
Lardo, Vincent - Florida Authors McNally's Chance (2001)
From Library Journal
Listen up, because this is complicated: Sanders stalwart Archy McNally is contracted by Sabrina Wright to look for her missing husband, who turns out not to be her husband and not the real missing person. That's Sabrina's daughter, born out of wedlock, put up for adoption, adopted by her own mother, and now looking for her real father somewhere in Palm Beach. Then Sabrina turns up dead. And that's just for starters. Note, in addition, the tricky double billing. Publishing can make for strange bedfellows.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Lardo, Vincent - Florida Authors McNally's Alibi (2002)
From Library Journal
The parentage is complex, but the plot should please fans. McNally runs up against a lot of brick walls as he searches for the complete text of Truman Capote's Unanswered Prayers at the behest of a millionaire collector.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Lardo, Vincent - Florida Authors McNally's Dare (2003)
The dowager duchess of Palm Beach dies, leaving behind a fabulous fortune and a handsome young heir-though Archy McNally has his doubts about the boy's bona fides.

When a young waiter working Malcolm "Nifty" MacNiff's annual Tennis Everyone! benefit is found dead in Nifty's otherwise pristine swimming pool, it's Archy McNally, South Florida's most famous Discreet Inquirer, who rushes in to salvage the town's reputation and solve the un-fortunate crime. Palm Beach is already in a tizzy over the arrival of its newest millionaire, Lance Talbot, just in from Switzerland to claim his inheritance after the demise of his grandmother.

There are those who believe Lance an imposter, and who he is-and was-becomes more of an enigma as Archy traces Lance's progress from the snowy Alps to the sands of Palm Beach. If he isn't the true heir, who is he? And who is the alluring Baroness Holga von Brecht, who is old enough to be his mother but claims to be his lover? When an old school chum of Holga's is made redundant, Archy must make some daring choices to snare a double murderer.
Lardo, Vincent - Florida Authors McNally's Bluff (2004)
From Publishers Weekly
This wacky, waggish whodunit is the sixth McNally title under the able authorship of novelist Lardo (The Hampton Affair), who took up the reins from the late Lawrence Sanders with 1999's McNally's Dilemma. When Archy is invited to attend the gala unveiling of an English hedge maze at the Palm Beach home of Amazin' Matthew Hayes—an ex-human cannonball turned carnival impresario (5'4" in heels) married to Marvelous Marlena Marvel, a bosomy sideshow hootchy-cootchy (6'2" in socks)—our hero is flabbergasted to find Marlena dead at the center of the maze. The boorish Hayes hires Archy to investigate his wife's bizarre murder; Archy is also employed by his attorney father, who has recently been consulted by one of the guests at the unveiling about the matter of a contested will. Black-sheep Laddy Taylor is hoping to relieve Carolyn, his 40-something, widowed stepmother, of his father's loot. With a gay gossip columnist, a young bisexual fortune-hunter, a fast-food heiress and her philandering hubby, an ex-caddy turned TV reporter, a husband/wife TV talk show team, and the sexy housemaid heading a list of suspects as colorful as the boutiques along Worth Avenue, snide, irrepressible Archy sets to work unraveling this baffling case. Red herrings proliferate, and legions of adoring McNally faithful will be left shouting, "Bravo! Encore!"
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