Always a Cold Deck (Harry Reese Mysteries, #1)

Always a Cold Deck (Harry Reese Mysteries, #1)

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by Robert Bruce Stewart
     
 

Part mystery, part parody, Always a Cold Deck is the first Harry Reese Mystery. Harry is an insurance investigator who never takes life too seriously. Which, given his current pecuniary crisis, is all for the best. In July 1900, he is sent to Buffalo to look into a fire that's destroyed a grain elevator. But when Harry uncovers a smuggling operation, the case…  See more details below

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Part mystery, part parody, Always a Cold Deck is the first Harry Reese Mystery. Harry is an insurance investigator who never takes life too seriously. Which, given his current pecuniary crisis, is all for the best. In July 1900, he is sent to Buffalo to look into a fire that's destroyed a grain elevator. But when Harry uncovers a smuggling operation, the case morphs into something more serious. Trains and steamships feature prominently as he crosses into Canada and back, accompanied by a political boss's stooge and a curious young woman who seems to be conducting an investigation of her own. It's a byzantine odyssey, during which Harry can never be sure of anyone's loyalties, least of all those who've hired him.

This new paperback edition includes the short story, Humbug on the Hudson.

For more information on the series, please visit: HarryReeseMysteries.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938710100
Publisher:
Street Car Mysteries
Publication date:
11/18/2013
Series:
Harry Reese Mysteries Series, #1
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Always a Cold Deck 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was set primarily in 1800s America, yet reads like an English novel. The hero is an insurance fraud investigator, down on his luck. The murder mystery is quite entertaining as it takes the reader on a convoluted path. The hero meets a woman, who helps him with the cases he is working on, mostly because he can not rid himself of her company. There are several interesting sub plots, a bit of mayham, a dab of romance and satisfying resolutions to all. I do not usually like books written in this style, but I enjoyed this 485 page read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in the 1900's but with most events the late 1800's it keeps wondering who done it. This is the first book in Harry Ress mysteries if you like Sherlock Holmes or mystery or book told in the first person you will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Droll humor, interesting characters, convoluted plot & believable historical setting--perfect for a winter's evening by the fire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very believable main character. After just reading the first couple of pages I was liking him, he was so completely human. Some might not like all the detailed discriptions, but I do. I don't think the author was overly wordy. My attention was caught and held from the very beginning of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this fun book! I was hooked immediately, and unlike previous reviewers, never found a dull or lagging moment. It was actually a very high-spirited and rollicking story line, easy to follow yet also with some complexity. The characters are extremely entertaining, if not endearing. The time period of the late 1800s seems to be perfectly portrayed as well. Harry is a freelance insurance investigator,  basically flat broke, and takes this job hoping for a meager payday. He is a very stand-up guy, ready to see this through to the end, even if he doesn't make a penny. He is skilled at finding opportunities to not only benefit him a little financially with his daily needs, but also at finding the right people to help him in his investigation.  I am in no way a literary critic, but I do know what I like, and I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good mystery kept u guessing who the killer was
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of dialouge and characters, not a lot of action. You really have to pay attention to keep it all straight. Reminded me of some of the old English mystery writers. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would read more from this author.
LoveAGoodMystery More than 1 year ago
Always A Cold Deck is the first of a lighthearted and humorous historical mystery series set in the early part of the last century. Harry Reese is a young insurance investigator who is sent to Buffalo in the summer of 1900 to look into a grain elevator fire. This fairly routine case is suddenly transformed into a mystery involving smuggling, fraud, missing persons and more than one dead body. It's an intricate mystery, and several people try to mislead him for reasons of their own, but Harry finds some help in the person of Emmie McGinnis, who's rather bored with her office job. She jumps at the chance to assist Harry in this exciting adventure, since she secretly has a desire to become an author, starting out with dime novels (the more salacious, the better!). Also, her uncle is one of the principals in the case -- is he dead? Missing? On the run? No one really knows for sure. With Emmie beside him, taking notes all the way, Harry travels from Buffalo to Toronto to Rochester in his efforts to unravel this complicated web. And before the mystery is solved, Harry and Emmie are engaged, but it's not until everyone comes together to celebrate the happy event that the whole truth is finally revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing style is first-rate. It has great period details that really bring this era to life, including a vaudeville show, an eye-opening museum, and police investigative techniques that would leave today's CSI aficionado gasping in horror. Harry usually manages to find the humour in life, even if the rent is overdue, and he and Emmie make a great team. I can't wait to see what they get mixed up in next!
time_well_spent More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I departed from my usual practice and read the third in the series first. I am sure this book deserves a a 5 star rating, but reading it after the third in the series, I would have rated it a 4 star. Robert Bruce Stewart writes a delightful series of uncomplicated books featuring either Harry Reese or his wife, Emmie, or both. They live in the simpler times of street cars and parasols. They also live in perilous times of insurance fraud and murder. In this book, we see Harry investigating a possible insurance fraud that turns out to be part of a much larger scheme. He meets Emmie and you will have to read the rest of the book to find out what happens. I am enjoying these books so much that I have purchased all of Robert Bruce Stewart's Streetcar Mysteries series. Five Stars!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Harry Reese mysteries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complex mystery with a fair amount of wit.
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Light hearted historic mystery+Great detail combined with lively engaging characters from a bygpne time
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked...at pointsit did get my interest. Disliked...boring parts, some that put me to sleep it just dragged on. Confusing, couldn't tell where all these characters were coming from, including with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with Sept 2012. I only finised this book (190 pages ) to see how it ended. Very hard to understand, things that had nothing to do w/ the story drug on & on, even the names in this book were too much alike. Whitey & Whitner, why not be more creative, wii not read more this this writer. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I confess I didn't read all of it. I quit about 100 pages in it as it was putting me to sleep to often.