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4.0 out of 5 stars Spinning a Yarn
The second of McBain's Matthew Hope mysteries (the first was "Goldilocks"), following the career of the Florida lawyer. McBain provides a distinctly contemporary take on fairy tales, this time in the form of a faded rock star whose fragile voice had once been turned from pure chaff into purest gold.
Matthew leaves her bed one night, and leaves her to the mercies of...
Published on 26 Feb 2004 by Budge Burgess

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3.0 out of 5 stars The dwarf.
A well developed plot but with a predictable culprit and end.
I also found Matthew Hopes love interest a boor.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Morris Jones


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4.0 out of 5 stars Spinning a Yarn, 26 Feb 2004
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rumpelstiltskin (Paperback)
The second of McBain's Matthew Hope mysteries (the first was "Goldilocks"), following the career of the Florida lawyer. McBain provides a distinctly contemporary take on fairy tales, this time in the form of a faded rock star whose fragile voice had once been turned from pure chaff into purest gold.
Matthew leaves her bed one night, and leaves her to the mercies of a murderer who brutally silences her then kidnaps her child. Is this an opportunistic kidnapping? Or is there a more sinister element tied to a trust fund set up for the singer?
McBain again explores the angst of divorce and separation from one's children, with telling passages on the trials and tribulations of the single male parent trying to cope with the demands of a teenage daughter (I speak as the father of girls myself).
The Matthew Hope mysteries are well-crafted, beautifully written whodunnits: they are also exploratons of male sexuality and relationships; and the pace is regulated by moments of wry humour, philosophical insights ... and a discourse on the colour of pubic hair.
A fine page-turner of a book - elegant, satisfying, a good example of the craftsman at work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars McBain spins a fresh yarn, 22 Oct 2004
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rumpelstiltskin (Hardcover)
The second of McBain's Matthew Hope mysteries (the first was "Goldilocks"), following the career of the Florida lawyer. McBain provides a distinctly contemporary take on fairy tales, this time in the form of a faded rock star whose fragile voice had once been turned from pure chaff into purest gold.
Matthew leaves her bed one night, and leaves her to the mercies of a murderer who brutally silences her then kidnaps her child. Is this an opportunistic kidnapping? Or is there a more sinister element tied to a trust fund set up for the singer?
McBain again explores the angst of divorce and separation from one's children, with telling passages on the trials and tribulations of the single male parent trying to cope with the demands of a teenage daughter (I speak as the father of girls myself).
The Matthew Hope mysteries are well-crafted, beautifully written whodunnits: they are also exploratons of male sexuality and relationships; and the pace is regulated by moments of wry humour, philosophical insights ... and a discourse on the colour of pubic hair.
A fine page-turner of a book - elegant, satisfying, a good example of the craftsman at work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 13 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars The dwarf., 31 May 2014
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A well developed plot but with a predictable culprit and end.
I also found Matthew Hopes love interest a boor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 17 Mar 2014
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Good enough read but I'm not a fan of Matthew Hope series. I bought these because of Ed McBain's precinct series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, 12 Jan 2014
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Easy to get through but not that sophisticated when it comes to the writing. Good if you`'re not after too much to think about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 12 Jan 2014
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Ist Ed McBain Ive ever read but wont be the last. Excellent storyline. Would reccommend anyone intersted in crime stories to read this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars RUMPLESTILTSKIN, 28 Dec 2013
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Really good with twists and turns. Looking out for clues that would link to original story.

Would recommend to any one who likes crime thrillers, Hitchcock, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, 26 Dec 2013
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I have read nearly all Ed McBain books over the years and have the books all in a little bookcase so when I got the chance to put it on my kindle I bought the books
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4.0 out of 5 stars this series not up to standard of 87th precinct, 11 Dec 2013
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Hope is a lawyer and is therefore not like a policeman. I heard mcbain say at a reading that he found it harder to find cases for a lawyer. It is still a good read as it seemed not to be possible for mcbain to write badly
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