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The Spook Lights Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Marcia Muller , Bill Pronzini

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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful, and engaging with lively characters. A thoroughly entertaining mystery. 8 Dec 2013
By kimbacaffeinate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Quincannon and Sabrina are strong, opinionated and brilliant at their work. She previously worked as a Pinkerton operative until her husband was killed in the line of duty. He is ex-Secret service and quite infatuated with Sabrina. She chooses to ignore his advances all of which I find delightful. The two are in a lot of ways total opposites. He is stingy and doesn’t believe in tipping, and she leaves food on her stoop for a homeless woman. They make an incredible team; yin and yang. There is a light romance developing between them, and while little advancement is made you can see hints of it unfolding. This subtle thread intrigues me without distracting from the mysteries and in my opinion is quite cleverly done. The man who refers to himself as Sherlock Holmes appears again. He is quite a mystery, and I am curious to learn more. Villains, suspects and clients, were colorful and added to the suspense.

Spook Lights Affair offered an excellent addition to the Carpenter & Quincannon Mystery series, solidifying it as a one I will continue. The authors furthered our connection to these characters and again offered up mysterious cases. The adventure kept me entertained as I traveled the streets of San Francisco. We mingling with the upper and lower classes, and it offered us an opportunity to see each of them at work. The tale has enough details regarding 1895 San Francisco to bring the scenery to life, yet allows the cases to be at the forefront making time and place irrelevant. There were clever twists surrounding all three cases and the weaving of them was brilliantly done. While admittedly this Holmes and Christie enthusiast pieced things together, the search for clues and the plot was highly entertaining. I am looking forward to my next adventure with this dynamic duo.

Fans of light detective mysteries and engaging characters will find the Spook Light Affair to be an engaging read. Marcia Miller and Bill Pronzini are an impressive team, and I encourage you to check out the Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery series. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for unbiased review, complete review published at caffeinated book reviewer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini wrote a great story 21 Dec 2013
By Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
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I was sucked in from the first page. I loved the historical San Francisco setting and the two main characters easily engaged my interest. This tightly written mystery kept my interest right to the hook they set on the last page. I want more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big disapppointment 20 Jan 2014
By Smoky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Both authors have written excellent mystery series and been much honored. One of the two plotlines in this one started off well, with the apparent suicide of a debutante in 1895 San Francisco, but then the action slowed down. The other, about a Wells Fargo robbery, never caught my interest. In addition, I was struck by a couple of lapses in English usage. More than once the verb "infer" was used when it should have been "imply." A common error these days, but not expected from such competent writers. In an apparent anachronism, the debutante was referred to as "Ms. St. Ives" by another character, but "Ms" didn't become common usage until about the 1970s. I doubt whether I will return to this series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good book or story to me. 10 Jan 2014
By Douglas Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I read one of Bill Pronzini's book before but thought since Marcia Muller was involved it would be a good book. NOT. More than likely won't want to order another one if it involves Pronzini. Nothing against him just the writings.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read 26 Dec 2013
By Louise108 - Published on Amazon.com
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This mystery series is set in late nineteenth century San Francisco and has some interest because of that. I thought the story was a little predictable but I read it all.
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