[McNally's Secret] à KINDLE author Lawrence Sanders – norfolkfmradio.co.uk

Sanders character Archie McNally is nothing short of brilliant He s an affluent living intelligent capable underachiever and He S Fine With That s fine with that didn t make it through law school to make his stuffy old law firm dad happy but he manages to solve some tricky problems that Dad s clients seem to et themselves into regularly He can t afford luxurious digs so he lives with Mom and Dad how else would a Praying with Mother Teresa guy with his resources be able to live right on the water and have servants at his disposal He has a fabulous and devoted steadyirl to whom he has made promises and he s devoted to a mom with the early stages of dementia who comes across as a fading character from times long past except when her assessment of her devoted but priggish husband make it clear that she is sharper than most His sleuthing efforts combine a mix of street smarts savoir fair charm and charisma and bullshit When mixed together his skills serve to embarrass his father but save him as well McNally is always fun entertaining and engaging right down to his pastel dinner jackets Archie McNally is a 37 year old single uy that lives in the attic of his parents house He does investigation work for his lawyer father In the first of this series He does investigation work for his lawyer father In the first of this series is investigating the disappearance of some very valuable stamps for one of his father s very wealthy clients I loved the smart irreverent humor the surprise ending and Archie s respectful and loving relationship with his parents I will definitely be reading about Archie and family I find that all of the McNally books are perfect palette cleansersAny time that I finish heavy reading I pick up one of the McNally mysteries and they never fail to amuse and round me I received this book from Open Road Media and Netgalley This is a re issue of the first McNally mystery by Lawrence Sanders in digital formatI have read Lawrence Sanders before but never the McNally series Archy McNally womanizer detective in his father s law firm and still living at home lives the ood life in Palm Beach FloridaWhen his father assigns him the job of finding out who stole a set of collectable stamps from the infa. Sex lies blackmail Archy McNally is a freewheeling playboy who specializes in Discreet Inuiries for the rich ,


McNally's Secret

Lawrence Sanders ✓ 3 characters

Standing he brings to his detectionHighly enjoyable the trick will be for Sanders to o forward exploring the permutations of this little world without it becoming a stale formula Loved ItA nice smooth mystery with a touch of out dated charm McNallys Secret is a Redemption (Dark Desires good mystery I don t know much about the eighties but Iet a feel that that s the period during which the book was writtenAnyway playboy Archie McNally is hired to find some ancient stamps stolen from a rich matron Although part of his job is to keep his business secret nothing stays secret in Palm Beach Oh my osh i read this book sooo many gosh I read this book sooo many ago and while I was waiting for books to come in I saw that I could read this one again I absolutely LOVE Archy While I was reading this book a few things came back to me The details of his breakfast lunch and dinners OMG I was etting hungry just re reading this Such a fun fun fun book Brings back memories needing a dime for a pay phone for example The Archie McNally stories by Lawrence Sanders are all essentially the same small mysteries sometimes murders taking place in Palm Beach Florida Each book features descriptions of AM s food clothing The Prisoner in the Castle: Maggie Hope Mystery Series, Book 8 girlfriends and lifestyle and while repetitive after two or books all stories makeood light entertaining reading The plots are virtually indistinguishable but Sanders excellent writing style above average vocabulary and non reliance on profanity and foul language to ive his characters colour makes any one of these books a read to enjoyThe above reviewdescription also applies to two other books read in the same month McNally s Gamble and McNally s Luck I first encountered Sanders work back in books read in the same month McNally s Gamble and McNally s Luck I first encountered Sanders work back in or 81 reading The Sixth Commandment and I was s Luck I first encountered Sanders work back in or 81 reading The Sixth Commandment and I was The word pictures he paints are loriousThis is the first in the series of Archy a semi disreputable scion of a well to do lawyerly enterprise His father is the lawyer and the son occupies a tiny office looking into the shadowy corners of the clientsThis time four priceless stamps have been stolen from a wealthy lady and Archy does his best to juggle his romantic interests with looking for the culprit. Id to keep family skeletons in the closet But when it comes to sex and scandal he has a few secrets of his own. Mous Lady Horiwitz McNally uncovers a clever scheme In the meantime Archy has met a woman that has him thinking along the lines of a long the meantime Archy has met a woman that has him thinking along the lines of a long relationship The dialogue is witty and funny the insight into life in Palm Beach is hilarious but the plot was a little thin Too much time was spent fo The mystery and the story were fine But I was completely distracted by the fact that while it was set in 1990 s Florida everyone spoke as if they lived in the 1930 s Referring to a woman as a cupcake and a man as lad Discussion of old maids or spinsters A reference to Gibson Girls The formal dialogue between father and adult son I kept being convinced it was set in the 30s after all and then I d remember the references to the Mazda Miata or a cellular phone Oh well It was an entertaining enough story but the incongruous dialogue continually annoyed me Let s o back about a uarter of a century to THAT Palm Beach Florida The one that Donald Trump was so anxious to be accepted into Then there was still a lot of the old money around and the need to fit in to a society that those recently rich could only aspire to This is where McNally Son fit in to a society that those recently rich could only aspire to This is where McNally Son chosen to serve their clientele Father McNally is head of a local law firm and the son Archy a Yale failure is responsible for the firm s discreet inuiriesEducated at the proper Ivy League schools the McNally family fits in #as the well to do vassals of the Palm Beach nobility Sanders successfully walks a very fine line between insipid #the well to do vassals of the Palm Beach nobility Sanders successfully walks a very fine line between insipid of food clothing wine cars etc and outright burlesue What we derive are laughs knowing smiles a intricate plot with memorable characters and surprisingly empathy for Archy despite the followingHe is vain often superficial a social butterfly a cad a devotee of the pursuit of the opposite sex and less than truthful in many of his relationshipsKudos to Sanders for making it work Is he tipping his hat to the Archy Goodwin of Rex Stout This Archy is in line with Hammett s Sam Spade in adopting a persona that allows him to float through many levels of society while because of his fatuousness not being iven credit for the depth of under. Nd not so discreet Beneath the laring sun of Palm Beach and behind the lowest crimes of high society he is pa. ,