Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

From Teddy Bears to Grisly Murder

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

From Teddy Bears to Grisly Murder

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"GLADLY THE CROSS-EYED BEAR"

A mystery by Ed McBain (3 hours, abridged, Durkin Hayes Audio, $16.99)

As far as Florida lawyer Matt Hope is concerned, his representation of independent toy designer Lainie Commins against her former employer, Toyland Toyland, is pretty straight-forward. Commins has created a cross-eyed Teddy bear called Gladly, and Toyland Toyland seems to have imitated her copyrighted product. Nothing is certain is such cases, but Hope has reason to believe that he has a strong case. His attractive client, who has an affliction similar to Gladly's, seems to have taken all the precautionary steps to legally protect her product, and the Toyland Toyland version, called Gladys, is remarkably similar. In fact, it is just another product for toy manufacturer Brett Toland, and Hope believes the case will be settled amicably. Then, the day after the hearing, Toland is found on his yacht with two bullets in his face, and Commins is spotted speeding away from the scene of the murder. As far as the police are concerned, they have an open-and-shut case. Enough to fit Lainie Commins for prison togs. Hope is no criminal lawyer, but he believes his client is innocent and has a kind of bulldog determination that makes him seek out and shake a fact until it's straight. So with the help of a veteran private detective, he works to get to the core of the matter. What he discovers isn't always in Commins' best interests, especially one piece of evidence that involves a pornographic video. Anthony Heald is especially effective in this production in that there is never a hint of sarcasm in his voice as Hope confronts Commins with facts that she had withheld from him. Nor is there hysteria by Commins when her past is dangled in front of her. As a result, this production is a fast three hours. Durkin Hayes Audios may be found in bookstores or ordered by calling (800) 962-5200. "DRUMS OF AUTUMN" A historical novel by Diana Gabaldon (6 hours, abridged, BDD Audio, $24.95) This is the fourth in the series about a former World War II combat nurse, Claire Randall, being transported back to 18th-century Scotland, where she had to learn to survive in a semi-barbaric culture. The series began with "Outlander" and continued with "Dragonfly in Amber" and "Voyager." It helps if you have read each of the other 900-page books, but it isn't necessary. It doesn't take long to figure out that this is time travel without being science fiction and a love story without being a romantic potboiler. In "Outlander," it is 1945 and Claire is on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband, Frank, when she touches a notched stone in one of those ancient stone circles that are scattered throughout the British Isles. …

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