The Spook Lights Affair

The Spook Lights Affair

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In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don't commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter. But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light. The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even more serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.

Sabina hadn't wanted to take the assignment, but her partner John Quincannon insisted it would serve as entrée to the city's ultra rich and powerful. That means money, and Quincannon loves the almighty dollar. Which is why he is hunting the bandit who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of $35,000.

Working their separate cases (while Sabina holds John off with one light hand), the detectives give readers a tour of The City the way it was. From the infamous Barbary Coast to the expensive Tenderloin gaming houses and brothels frequented by wealthy men, Quincannon follows a danger-laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of the Wells, Fargo robbery. Meanwhile, Sabina works her wiles on friends and relatives of the vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place. But it's an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases--the shrewd "crackbrain" who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes.

Fans of Marcia's Muller's bestselling Sharon McCone novels and Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective series will applaud The Spook Lights Affair and future exploits from the annals of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.

The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries:
#1 The Bughouse Affair
#2 The Spook Lights Affair
#3 The Body Snatchers Affair
#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair
#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair
#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765331755
Characteristics: 251 p. --
Additional Contributors: Pronzini, Bill


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Nov 28, 2016

(The second book in the Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery series)

Nov 13, 2016

I am not terrifically fond of period stories but I am very fond of Pronzini & Muller individually. This is the 1st of the Carpenter & Quincannon stories I've read - I might possibly try another, but I felt that the solution was telegraphed in the 1st chapter and I didn't care for Quincannon - but was I supposed to like him? Anyway, this was not up to the standards I've come to expect from Pronzini or Muller.

Apr 16, 2014

Easy reading cozy. Not quite as good as the Sharon McCone series but definitely worth a read.

Jan 12, 2014

This is the 2nd book in an excellent new cozy mystery series. If you enjoy period pieces (this one's set in San Francisco 1895), you will love this sseries! I'm looking forward for book #3 to be released.

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