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Secret of the White Rose (Simon Ziele Series #3)

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Highly Recommend!

    I've read all three of the Detective Ziele books now and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment. It took me a bit longer than I thought it would to get into and finish the first (Under the Shadow of Gotham), but by the time I was finished I couldn't understand why. All three of her stories are amazing, the details are incredible and unobtrusive. She gives you the history of NYC in a totally enjoyable way. I am really looking forward to reading more by this author. Although, I would really like to see a longer book. Each one averages about 260 pages. I really think her stories could support more pages and detail. Regardless... I do recommend this...

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    a super historical whodunit

    In 1906, New York City residents and much of the country remain riveted to the trial of anarchist Al Drayson. The accused allegedly planted a bomb to kill industrialist Andrew Carnegie, but instead murdered five other people.

    Criminologist Alistair Sinclair wakes up Detective Simon Ziele with a shocker. An unknown assassin sliced the throat of Judge Hugo Jackson, presiding over the Drayson homicide trial. The killer left behind a Bible and a white rose. Sinclair tells Ziele that Jackson was a long time friend, but the cop believes his crony conceals something important from him. While the NYPD commissioner and the brass insist an anarchist murdered the judge, Ziele thinks it is too soon to rule other possible killers even as the murderer strikes several times since giving Jackson a necktie.

    Mindful of the Gaslight mysteries by Victoria Thomson, the third Ziele-Sinclair police procedural (see In the Shadow of Gotham and A Curtain Falls) is a super historical whodunit. The investigation is exciting and fast-paced as the killers keeps striking while the two sleuths struggle to end the murdering spree. Yet with an excellent whodunit, it is the feeling that we armchair readers are in New York at the beginning of the twentieth century that makes the Secret of the White Rose a terrific thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    So glad to find a new author who knows how to weave period detai

    So glad to find a new author who knows how to weave period details (the setting sizzles with atmosphere) and divertingly interesting characters.  Haven't read the first two with the main protagonist, but certainly look forward to doing so, and to future installments!

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    Posted February 22, 2012

    To Sunfall

    If you read this go to the next result, please. *Autumnstar*

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

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    Fabulous Historical Mystery

    Pintoff's characters are both well-rounded and believable. Historical accurateness adds to a well-paced and exciting plot that does not stop until the past page is turned. The other Simon Zeiele tites in the series are Im the Shadow of Gotham (Edgar award winner) and A Curtain Falls. Writing at its best! Lisa

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