Rumpelstiltskin (Matthew Hope, #2)by Published 01 Jan 1994
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|Publisher||Hodder And Stoughton|
...Bloom shook his head. The sad brown eyes looked even sadder. He sighed and then said, "You know anybody who might’ve wanted that little girl badly enough?"
"What?" I said.
"The little girl."
"I don’t understand."
"Badly enough to have killed the mother for it."
"The little girl's gone, Mr. Hope. Whoever killed Victoria Miller took the little girl with him."
What begins as an ordinary one-night-stand for attorney Matthew Hope turns into a deadly mystery when the woman, a 60's rock star trying for a comeback, is brutally murdered, and her daughter turns up missing.
"Rumpelstiltskin (Matthew Hope, #2)" Reviews
Carried by the lead character hope
From the back cover of the book: She's a rock star of the Sixties, hungry for a comeback. He's a divorced lawyer working to put his own life back together. Their one-night stand is brief but torrid. When the next day, she is found brutally murdered and her six-year-old daughter is missing, Matthew Hope inherits love's toughest labor-hunting down the culprit who may not stop at kidnapping and murder.
This is a book on tape.
This is a mystery novel written for adults. I listened to this book on tape. It is an interesting version of Rumpelstiltskin. It is about a singer named Victoria who is murdered. She was a famous recording star in the 60s and now she is trying to make it big again in the 80s when she is beaten to death. In the same night her daughter is kidnapped. A lawyer named Matthew Hope (the narrator) was with her the night she was murdered and he follows the case as many different suspects come out of the woodwork. Victoria’s father, ex-husband, band mates, agent, and the club owner where she performed are all questioned. Many people had ideas of what happened, but there were no true leads until later in the story when Victoria’s daughter was found dead. Through the process of his detective work Matthew Hope grows closer to his own daughter, meets and begins a relationship with another lawyer, and manages to uncover details from Victoria’s murder that find the killer. It turns out to be her former agent, who was also her lover at one point, and the father of her child.
This book is recorded on a total of 8 tapes. Throughout the first 4 tapes I was very confused about why this book was called Rumpelstiltskin at all. It wasn’t until the 7th tape that they tell the story of Rumpelstiltskin, and the 8th tape that the true details come out. Victoria’s agent had made her into a star. He turned the “straw” of her band, called Wheat, into 3 gold records. After the first record Victoria repaid him by being his lover. After the second gold record, she became pregnant with his child, but then had a miscarriage. After the third gold record, Victoria married someone else. She had an affair with her agent and became pregnant with his child again. When the agent called the house 6 years later and found out that she was going to start singing again he wanted to “collect” the child that was his. At the end of the book a detective and Matthew Hope refer to the agent as a dwarf, like the traditional Rumpelstiltskin.
I feel like this book was interesting and entertaining. There were a few parts of the book that were not relevant to the plot, but I feel like that was the author’s style. I was interested to read this book because I was curious to find out how a children’s fairy tale could become a large mystery novel. I enjoyed listening to the story; however I would have liked it better if it was read by a different person. The reader of the story was a little monotone and I found myself thinking about other things a few times while listening to the story. I would probably recommend this book to someone who enjoyed mysteries, figuring out puzzles, or thinking about and solving familiar problems in new stories.