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The Spook Lights Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery 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.

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