The bags of tricks affair

Bill Pronzini

Book - 2018

With two con games being run by two deadly villains, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are forced to split up, but when Sabina's life is in danger, John realizes just how much she means to him.

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Series
Muller, Marcia. Carpenter and Quincannon mystery ; 6.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : Forge [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Sequel to: The dangerous ladies affair / by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.
Physical Description
254 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765394354
0765394359
Main Author
Bill Pronzini (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Some time back, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Pronzini dreamed up former Secret Service agent John Quincannon, who appeared in two novels and a string of short stories Pronzini wrote, sometimes with Grand Master wife Marcia Muller, who's responsible for former Pinkerton detective Sabina Carpenter. Founders of Professional Detective Services in 1890s San Francisco, Carpenter and Quincannon emerged in 2013 in a refreshed series written by the couple. Here, with Pronzini writing solo, Carpenter witnesses a murder, and Quincannon must protect her from family members of the culprit. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

MWA Grand Master Pronzini's lighthearted sixth mystery set in late-19th-century San Francisco (after 2017's The Dangerous Ladies Affair) finds private investigators Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon working undercover at McFinn's Gold Nugget Saloon and Gaming Parlor in Grass Valley, Calif. Their mission is to unmask a card sharp known as Lady One-Eye. That task turns deadly when the woman's husband is murdered and Carpenter is the only reliable witness. One-Eye's brother tells Carpenter that if she testifies at the trial, she will suffer the consequences. The intrepid detectives return to San Francisco, where they are caught up in individual cases involving pluviculture ("a fancy word for rainmaking") and a locked-room conundrum. They also witness a kidnapping and bold escape. Along with all the derring-do, readers are treated to entertaining snippets of history, including tidbits about the Olympic Games, train travel, and wild west con men. This fast-moving novel offers plenty of fun. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Mar.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

With two con games being run by two deadly villains, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are forced to split up, but when Sabina's life is in danger, John realizes just how much she means to him.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, is frequently called on to recover money-- and dignity that has been lost to conmen. When one case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent, and the threat leaves John Quincannon deeply concerned for Sabina's safety. But the crime-solving duo must split up to tackle two separate con games, run by two villains with deadly bags of tricks at hand. When Sabina's life isin danger, John must grapple with the terrifying realization of exactly how much she means to him.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When a woman who is the only witness to a murder is violently targeted by the culprit's family, Carpenter and Quincannon are forced to split up to outmaneuver two tricky con men and protect the woman's life, a situation that is complicated by Quincannon's growing feelings for her.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The Bags of Tricks Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series.A conman always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what’s left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives.When one such case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent. The threat leaves John Quincannon deeply concerned for Sabina’s safety, but there’s no rest for the wicked and so the crime-solving duo must split up to tackle two separate con games, run by two villains with deadly bags of tricks at hand.And when Sabina’s life is put in danger, John must rush to save her while grappling with the terrifying realization of exactly how much she means to him.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