Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s reputation as a mystery writer grows with each book, and Mortal Friends (HarperCollins, $25.99) is sure to win her many new fans. Most of the action takes place in Georgetown and on Embassy Row—Politics and Prose is in there, too. Many denizens of the Washington social scene appear in disguise along the way. I recognized Katharine Graham, Vernon and Ann Jordan, and Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn under completely different names, and you’ll have fun trying to spot others in this ultimate inside-the-Beltway mystery, or “killer read,” as People magazine describes it.
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