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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Stanton Hitchcock Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyc Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting murder mystery.” 


  • “Dazzling…unmasks most of Washington, which may never be the same.” 

    Bob Woodward

  • “Hitchcock manages to stew a convincing homicide plot, peppered with enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing, and guessing again, to the novel’s neat finish.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen Devlin | 2/12/2014

    " fun, easy holiday read where everyone gets thier just dessertsm- a fantasy basically :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/6/2014

    " It took awhile to get to the action. When it arrived there it became predictable for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cherie | 1/26/2014

    " Murder Mystery takes place in DC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. it was a fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Jane Stanton Hitchcock has written several novels, including Trick of the Eye, Social Crimes (People magazine’s Beach Book of the Week), and One Dangerous Lady. She lives in New York and Washington, DC.