By Daneet Steffens
November 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

A nimbly plotted murder mystery that unravels in a cavernous London apartment block, The Neighbors opens with a suspicious death and doesn’t stop until a lot more mayhem ensues. Like a surreal game of Clue, the novel is chockful of colorful characters: There’s Eleni Papadopoulos, gorgeous Greek girl for hire; Miles Burdett, a high-flying financier; travel journalist Gregory Hansen, who’s got more looks and charm than integrity; the terribly British Barclay-Davenports, who’ll use any excuse for a party; and, inevitably, a whole gaggle of gossipy old biddies. Sure, the mystery here is clever and elaborate, but half the fun is getting to know all those nosy neighbors. B+

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