April 03, 1978 12:00 PM

by Susan Isaacs

“I had no trouble at all understanding Mary Alice’s need for a passionate sexual encounter. After all, what more is demanded from any of us besides a clean kitchen floor, two or three or four reasonably amiable children and a steak and salad at 7 o’clock.” Thus laments Judith Singer, 34, Isaacs’ heroine. So after 10 years of marriage and two kids, Judith turns into a swinging version of Nancy Drew. But while solving a murder and overcoming her suburban blahs, she complicates her life by romancing the local police lieutenant. This funny, fast first novel casts a jaundiced eye on the plight of the housewife who is liberated, with no place to go. (Times Books, $8.95)

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