The spook lights affair

Marcia Muller

Book - 2013

"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 wo...uld 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"--

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Series
Muller, Marcia. Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
New York : Forge 2013.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
251 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765331755
0765331756
Main Author
Marcia Muller (-)
Other Authors
Bill Pronzini (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Mystery Writers of America Grand Masters Muller and Pronzini return to San Francisco in 1865 with new cases for John Concannon and Sabina Carpenter. Sabina is reluctantly serving as a chaperone for spoiled debutante Virginia St. Ives. Sabina is at a ball at the home of Mayor Adolph Sutro, keeping an eye on Virginia, when the young woman suddenly goes out to a Cliffside garden overlooking the ocean and leaps over the edge of a parapet. Her parents are not pleased, but Sabina has doubts about what really happened. Meanwhile, John is trying to find the bandit who stole $35,000 from the local Wells Fargo office. A generous reward awaits the person who can locate the missing funds. John's search takes him to the raunchy Barbary Coast and the more upscale bordellos of the Tenderloin. Along the way, the Sherlock Holmes impersonator seen in The Bughouse Affair (2013) shows up to offer assistance, annoying the detectives but providing an important clue. Historical mystery readers will enjoy this well-researched story from a pair of always reliable genre veterans. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Detectives Carpenter and Quincannon and their mysterious colleague (Holmes, anyone?) pursue two cases: a missing debutante and a Wells Fargo robbery. Sign up for number two (after The Bughouse Affair) in this dynamic duo's historical series set in San Francisco, circa 1895. [Page 75]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

An intriguing mystery and a threat to San Francisco PI Sabina Carpenter's career drive Muller and Pronzini's engaging second late-19th-century historical starring her and partner John Quincannon (after The Bughouse Affair). The wealthy parents of 18-year-old Virginia St. Ives, fearing she'll fall prey to an unsuitable fortune-hunter, have hired Sabina to keep an eye on their daughter. When Virginia gives her the slip at a debutante ball, Sabina tracks the heiress through the fog, only to see her leap from an overlook to certain death hundreds of feet below. Oddly, searches of the area where she was seen to fall fail to turn up a corpse. Virginia's father threatens to sue Sabina for negligence if his daughter is proven to have committed suicide. Quincannon, meanwhile, is hoping to land a lucrative reward by tracking down a bank thief. While the solution to the St. Ives mystery isn't the cleverest MWA grand masters Muller and Pronzini have ever devised, it will leave readers satisfied. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Dec.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 entrâee 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 finalclue 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 fromthe annals of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A would-be Sherlock Holmes assists a dual investigation in 1895 San Francisco that finds Sabina Carpenter struggling to solve the disappearance of a suicide-victim debutante's body and John Quincannon hunting down a murderous gang of bank robbers.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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