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A Fatal Glass of Beer Hardcover – 1 May 1997

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892966300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892966301
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,132,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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kaminsky's 'Toby Peters' series constitute my favourite series of private eye novels, standing up there with the best of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. This mystery involves W.C. Fields but if you want to know more please buy the book and read it asap. I suspect you'll get hooked on this series of Hollywood Golden age mysteries too. I've moved on to 'Mildred Pierced' involving Joan Crawford (as you might expect.) One day very soon I'll exhaust the series and won't that be a tragedy..........
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As a fan of the series, this came as a welcome addition and as usual kaminsky keeps his characters and decriptions of the period so close that you could believe you were in the world of Sam Spade / Philip Marlowe. Our hero Toby Peters deals (or so it appears in the series) mainly with well known celebs of the era - everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Bette Davis to Bela Lugosi (my personal favourite).

The characterisation of Fields in this book is down pat, you can almost hear him waxing lyrical about the injustice done to him - spoiler - someone has ripped off a number of bank accounts and he and peters are trying to get the money back.

This subsequently inspired me to download the short film of the same name (Public Domain) which I wasn't even aware of previously, but found it so funny (in a dry manner) that I ended up persuading my son to order the 17 movie box set as a birthday gift for myself. Just because they are old movies (circa 1930's & 40') and Black and White doesn't mean that they cannot outshine many of the current crop of "comedy" films.

If you enjoy well written / hard boiled heroes then the Toby peters series is for you...
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Another cracking yarn in Kaminsky's 'Toby Peters' series about a rather battered 1940s detective solving crimes for Hollywood film stars. In this one his client is W. C. Fields. If you want to read a conventional police procedural or a novel in which the solution to the mystery is the main interest, this is not the book for you. But if you think it would be fun to travel around America drinking, shooting and being shot at in the company of W. C. Fields, you are in for a treat. All in all, a lightweight but very entertaining book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Affectionate tribute to the great Fields... 9 Mar. 2003
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is only the second "Toby Peters" novel I've read. I started last month with the one that actually follows this effort...the Cary Grant thriller "To Catch a Spy." That's good but this is better. W.C. Fields comes off as irascible as those who know him from his great film comedies would expect, but he holds his liquor well and exhibits bravery and a good heart to boot. Toby and his buddies Gunther and Jeremy and his girlfriend Anita are present, along with nutty and incompetent dentist Shelly and the lovely secretary Violet. Toby and W.C. and Gunther go on a cross-country journey to save Fields' famous small-town savings accounts from a thief. Comedy and tragedy and danger are well-balanced here, against a backdrop of 1943 WWII headlines and name-dropping from Hollywood's Golden Era. I recommend this highly to those who like quick-reading mixtures of fun and suspense. I'll be cleansing my small town's library shelves of its stock of the "Toby" series, then looking to buy the missing ones. Kaminsky has a winner in this character and his adventures. I have also read two of his "Abe Leiberman" police procedurals, but the Peters' books are more impressive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Witty 23 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is perfect for all W.C. lovers. The absurd detective plot and a journy across the country from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in an old Cadillac are the backdrop for W.C. Fields' amusing one-liners of wit and wisdom. And the old, alcohol soaked comedian fires them in abundance. I couldn't help myself but laugh out loud. Good entertainment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was really a fatally flawed story. 8 Nov. 2012
By Alec Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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Not up to Toby's standards. The character of WC Fields was boring after the first chapter. The story dragged on forever with nothing really happening. Otherwise it was great.
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe my favorite in a wonderful series 15 July 2015
By velaphi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
How can you not love Toby? Not to mention Gunther, Mrs. Plaut, Jeremy, Juanita, Phil -- and even Shelly.

There's a wonderfully generous and vivid imagination at work here, along with a mastery of the craft of writing mystery novels. There's also a meticulous attention to research that brings the details of the homefront during the Big One alive, and the great fun of meeting the great stars off screen.

What's not to like?

This one gets special marks for catapulting our heroes out of LA and into the clutches of the irascible, erudite, philosophical, stubborn, hilarious, flamboyant and surprising genius who was W.C. Fields.

Again, what's not to like?

The fact that Kaminsky could finish this and then write another Rostnikov or Lieberman novel amazes me. His versatility is such that you'd think each series was written by a different writer.

If I were Fields, I'd doff my straw boater to you, Mr. Kaminsky.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnest book I ever read 13 Dec. 2012
By Deborah L. Dennemann - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great mystery with twists and turns and HILARIOUS with W.C. Fields along for the ride and adventure to solve who's withdrawing W.C.'s money out of all his bank accounts !!

When the culprit was revealed it was a "who woulda thought"? moment.
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