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Author: Jane Stanton Hitchcock Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483055558

Publisher Description

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

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

    - Newsday
  • “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.”

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

    - Booklist 
  • “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."

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

    - Audiobook Reviews

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Booklist Top 10 Audiobook Mystery

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Carrie, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Lydiajett, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Alison, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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). "

    - Danielle, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Quick, beach read. Makes you think about the societal pressures around us and the meaning of true friendship. It will probably always be a timeless book because superficial people don't change, they're always chasing the big fish. "

    - Deidre, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " A protagonist slightly less unlikable than her antagonist mars an otherwise light, probably trite, entertainment. "

    - Miss, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not terrible, not great, although it does keep you turning the pages. A good book for the beach or poolside, and it wouldn't hurt if you had a drink in your hand. "

    - Colleen, 1/21/2014
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    " A real fun read. "

    - Rita, 1/12/2014
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    " This book was good until the last few chapters!!!! I was like WHAT!!!???? lol "

    - Olivia, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not exactly mental heavy lifting, but fun. "

    - Tiffany, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slow at the beginning, and in a few other parts, but good overall. Great twists and turn in the plot toward the end. Good beach read, quick and pretty light. "

    - Jen, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Light, campy, fun read. "

    - Megan, 11/27/2013
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    " Classic beach book - read in 48 hours (not at the beach)! "

    - Liz, 10/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " entertaining, great book for the beach "

    - Joann, 10/18/2013
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    " This book was fun, silly and entertaining. "

    - Kori, 10/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This has to be the WORST book I've ever read. "

    - Lori, 9/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " very good book, one of those just when you think you have it all stories but its not so sugar coated. really enjoyed this book and the sequel is good too! "

    - Mandy, 8/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really didn't learn anything from this book but I loved reading reading something fun and almost unbelieveable. Thought I would read only a few pages, but loved it all. "

    - Ellatnaples, 5/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This is strictly a trashy beach read but had some good moments. Still, wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this to anyone! "

    - Annmbray, 1/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this book because of all the twists and turns, which kept me guessing.... "

    - Jean, 2/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Cute, fun FLUFF "

    - Lita, 10/8/2009
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    " Great book for reading on the beach "

    - Angela, 7/24/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I think the pace of the story is a little bit slow. There's not much suspense & most of the part are predictable. I just don't like the idea of her became a murder in the end. "

    - Charmaine, 1/9/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Picked up this book for sheer entertainment, and the reader did an excellent job sorting so many characters and accents quite well. It did drag on a bit while the main character's reputation and life slid downhill, but her comeuppance was all the more gratifying. "

    - Debbie, 1/4/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really fast and good summer read! "

    - Stacey, 12/28/2007
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Wicked ... was not sure if you felt sorry or glad for the main characters troubles, but was cheering in an evil way for the ending. "

    - Dee-Ann, 11/15/2007
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " New York "High Society" and all the back-stabbing and high living that one expects in this setting. A very enjoyable read. "

    - Caroline, 4/15/2007
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good beach/vacation read. "

    - Jennifer, 9/27/2004

About the Author

Jane Stanton Hitchcock is the New York Times bestselling author of Mortal Friends, The Witches’ Hammer, Social Crimes, and Trick of the Eye, as well as several plays. She lives with her husband, syndicated foreign-affairs columnist Jim Hoagland, in New York City and Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.