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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Stanton Hitchcock Narrator: Barbara Rosenbla Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dark secrets lurk beneath the glamour and glitter of New York’s high-society life in this riveting tale of murder, obsession, and revenge. Jo Slater, one of the grandest of New York’s grande dames is knocked off her pedestal when her husband of twenty years dies under strange circumstances and leaves his fortune to a mysterious French countess. When Jo discovers she has been the victim of a plot, she decides to set things straight. And nothing is going to get in her way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This deliciously dark novel sneaks a knowing glimpse at a gilded world…[a] killer read.”


  • “Hitchcock does a smashing job…her writing is clever and funny…An amusing and highly readable X-ray of Manhattan’s smart set.”


  • “Sophisticated entertainment for readers with a taste for luxury and a peeping-Tom urge to spy on high society.”

    New York Observer

  • “Barbara Rosenblat’s performance of Jo’s story is flawless as she becomes the cultured, rich philanthropist; the sycophantic Monique; the smarmy lawyers; and the others of this social set.”


  • “Rosenblat…exquisitely captures the world of the glitterati and the determination of one woman to avenge her betrayal.”


  • “Ruth Rendell meets Dominick Dunne in this deliciously dark and witty novel…For sophisticated readers wanting the perfect beach read, [Social Crimes] offers a bubbly cocktail of psychological suspense and social satire.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] witty, detailed, quirky and funny tale. Rosenblat is a great reader who captures all the special moments with ease and aplomb."


  • “No other narrator could have performed this feat as audaciously as Rosenblat.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/19/2014

    " Not at all what I expected. Great details of social hierarchy, but it didnt turn out at all as I expected. Went down a route that doesnt sit well with the average happy ever after crowd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lydiajett | 2/13/2014

    " I absolutely loved this story about a New York society "woman of a certain age" who is overthrown by a shady upstart - and then seeks revenge. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alison | 2/1/2014

    " A novelist who blogs had this on her bookshelf (she blogged about what was on her shelf)so I checked it out. I could not get into it at all. It was cliched to the max. I don't know what I was thinking; I don't usually like books about rich society people anyway. Back to the library. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by danielle | 1/27/2014

    " This is like a bad update of Edith Wharton, via Candice Bushnell (who wrote a book very similiar to this with clear tropes stolen from Wharton. Not that Wharton owns those things, but when it was done so blatently badly as Bushnell did, it constitutes stealing). "

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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.