gumshoereview Logo with link to Main Page  
The Spook Lights Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon) by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
Cover Artist: Gordon Crabb
Review by Sherry Lilley
Forge Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765331755
Date: 03 December 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: M. Muller's Website / B. Pronzini's Wikipedia Entry / Show Official Info /

It's 1895, and lovely young Virginia St. Ives, a debutante who seems to have everything life could offer just waiting for her, jumped off a cliff. The problem is, Sabina Carpenter was supposed to be watching her, protecting her, keeping her safe. Instead, Sabina watched her jump off a cliff. But her body was not found. So, what happened to her body? And why would she kill herself? Sabina wants to know, and is determined to find out.

Meantime, her partner, John Quincannon, is working his own case, hunting for a thief who robbed the Wells Fargo office. It's a pet project for him, one that's gotten under his skin and he can't stop hunting.

Yes, the answers to these, and other pertinent questions, are answered. Mostly. Not entirely. There's one big question, at least a big one for me, that isn't answered. And, it was intentionally not answered. So, if you need all your questions answered, this might not be the book for you.

The book is set in a fascinating time period in California's history, and the story is well told. But, it just isn't up to Ms. Muller's usual standard. It's a good book, but if you've picked it up because you are a fan of the Sharon McCone series, you're going to be disappointed.

Return to Index

We're interested in your feedback. Just fill out the form below and we'll add your comments as soon as we can look them over. Due to the number of SPAM containing links, any comments containing links will be filtered out by our system. Please do not include links in your message.

© 2002-2017Gumshoe

advertising index / info
Our advertisers make Gumshoe possible, and your consideration is appreciated.

  © 2002-2017Gumshoe