The body snatchers affair

Marcia Muller

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Series
A Carpenter and Quincannon mystery
Subjects
Published
New York : Forge 2015.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9780765331762
0765331764
Main Author
Marcia Muller (author)
Other Authors
Bill Pronzini (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Muller and Pronzini, crime fiction's First Couple, return with new cases for San Francisco PIs John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter. Nineteenth-century San Francisco is a growing city with a colorful population. The wife of a missing lawyer asks Quincannon to find her husband, who represents the leader of a Chinese tong. The lawyer is also fond of smoking opium and enjoying the ladies of the evening in Chinatown. Quincannon finds him, but someone takes a shot at them, killing the lawyer and narrowly missing him He then finds himself drawn into a conflict that could lead to a tong war over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee, head of one of the tongs. Meanwhile, the widow of a millionaire asks Sabina to locate her late husband's body, which has disappeared from the family crypt. Sabina also has a new suitor who is quite charming, but her detective instinct tells her that he may be hiding something. Readers will enjoy the historical details as they ponder the cases and wonder about the Carpenter-­Quincannon relationship. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The third Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon historical mystery (The Spook Lights Affair) has the detecting duo in San Francisco's Chinatown searching for a missing husband and a corpse while a tong war brews. There's also an ambiguous Englishman who calls himself Sherlock Holmes lurking in the shadows. [Page 70]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

MWA grand masters Muller and Pronzini's solid third mystery set in 1890s San Francisco (after 2013's The Spook Lights Affair) finds the relationship between PIs Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon at a delicate juncture. Carson Montgomery, a metallurgist, is seriously wooing Sabrina, forcing her to deal with John's unrequited crush on her. Much to Sabina's dismay, a man posing as Sherlock Holmes is investigating Carson. Meanwhile, John goes in search of a missing attorney who works for the Chinese tongs, and almost gets shot during a visit to an opium den in Chinatown. Both investigators end up dealing with cases involving snatched corpses, though these plot lines aren't as strong as the authors' best. Fans of Shirley Tallman's Sarah Woolson books (Murder on Nob Hill, etc.) will enjoy this different perspective on the series' shared setting. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Conducting a dual investigation in the opium dens of Chinatown, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon search for missing millionaires against a backdrop of a brewing tong war. By the award-winning authors of The Bughouse Affair.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Conducting a dual investigation in the opium dens of Chinatown, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon search for missing millionaires against a backdrop of a brewing Tong war.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"The Body Snatchers Affair: The latest in the Carpenter and Quincannon historical mystery series from Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Two missing bodies and two separate investigations take Carpenter and Quincannon from the heights above San Francisco Bay to the depths of Chinatown's opium dens. For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, unsure of the dark secrets her suitor might be concealing, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. With the threat of a tong war hanging over the city (a warperhaps being spurred on by corrupt officials), Carpenter and Quincannon have no time to lose in solving their cases. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one?And why is the enigmatic Englishman who calls himself Sherlock Holmes watching so carefully from the shadows?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The Body Snatchers Affair: The latest in the Carpenter and Quincannon historical mystery series from Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.Two missing bodies and two separate investigations take Carpenter and Quincannon from the heights above San Francisco Bay to the depths of Chinatown's opium dens. For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee.Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, unsure of the dark secrets her suitor might be concealing, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. With the threat of a tong war hanging over the city (a war perhaps being spurred on by corrupt officials), Carpenter and Quincannon have no time to lose in solving their cases. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one?And why is the enigmatic Englishman who calls himself Sherlock Holmes watching so carefully from the shadows?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