A new sleuth, Tandy Angel, is introduced in “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” (Little Brown, $19.99) by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro.
Tandy, 16, lives with her wealthy, sophisticated parents, her twin brother, Harry, and younger brother, Hugo, in New York's posh Dakota Apartments, where unruly tenants can be evicted. The family has retired for the night when a loud pounding awakens Tandy. She admits two police officers who find her parents murdered in their bedroom just above Tandy's room.
The children are immediately tabbed as suspects since no one else was in the locked apartment. When the oldest brother Matthew, a professional football player, arrives, he is added to the list. Tandy decides the only way to deflect police from her family is to solve the crime herself.
She, too, suspects her brothers as well as her mother's assistant. Tandy even fears she might have committed the crime and just doesn't remember. All of them could have had good reasons to murder the parents.
The children had been given special pills from their father's pharmaceutical company as long as they could remember. Tandy's were to improve her intellect. Matthew's bolstered his football prowess.
Harry's enhanced his musical and artistic talents, and Hugo, at age 10, had the appearance and strength of a body builder. All resented having to take the pills and were suspicious of their parents' motives. Tandy's investigation also turns up some disturbing surprises about her parents' lives.
Tandy proves to be a pretty good detective, and may be back in future mysteries. She is too pushy, mouthy and headstrong to be a real likable child. But, then, she's not your grandma's Nancy Drew.
— Kay Dyer