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Angel's Flight (Angels Mystery Series #2)

Angel's Flight (Angels Mystery Series #2)

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by Alice Duncan
     
 
Mercy Allcutt is thrilled to be going to her job as secretary to P.I. Ernie Templeton�until she opens the door and finds her mother. Known as the Wrath of God, Mrs. Allcutt is the last person Mercy wants to see, barring some murderers she�s met. Add phony spiritualists, a columnist killed during a s�ance, a starlet, and some other odd characters, and Mercy finds

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Mercy Allcutt is thrilled to be going to her job as secretary to P.I. Ernie Templeton�until she opens the door and finds her mother. Known as the Wrath of God, Mrs. Allcutt is the last person Mercy wants to see, barring some murderers she�s met. Add phony spiritualists, a columnist killed during a s�ance, a starlet, and some other odd characters, and Mercy finds herself in deep waters indeed.

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A rebellious upper-class Bostonian and an ex-cop gone private make for a volatile investigative team, especially in 1926. Mercedes Louise Allcutt has fled to her sister's home in Los Angeles to escape her domineering mother and take a job she hopes will provide her with a fund of real-life experiences for her planned future career as a writer. Horrified when her mother turns up on the doorstep, Mercy deals with the problem by racing off to her job as secretary for private investigator Ernie Templeton. When Ernie refuses to help prospective client Francis Easthope, whose mother is being exploited by spiritualists, Mercy, who's had some luck in the past (Lost Among the Angels, 2006, etc.), offers her services. Even though both Ernie and the police sternly warn her against meddling, she takes charge when a famous gossip columnist is murdered at a seance at the Easthope cottage. Equally eager to prove herself and avoid her mother, Mercy keeps sleuthing. But it's in the company of her mother that she attends a second seance at which the murdered woman's son and a movie star both pass out, one of them failing to survive the night. Although her naivete nearly makes her a third murder victim, Mercy closes the case just as the country is mourning the death of Rudolph Valentino. The solution is telegraphed early on, but the plucky heroine and her tough-guy boss work well together in an amusing period piece reminiscent of old Hollywood.

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ISBN-13:
9781594147838
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
07/17/2009
Series:
Angels Mystery Series, #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Angel's Flight (Angels Mystery Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1926 in Los Angeles with her family mostly back in Boston, single woman Mercy Allcutt lives with her married sister Chloe and her brother-in-law Harvey Nash, owner of the successful Nash Studio. Mercy dreams of becoming a mystery author so to obtain knowledge of the genre, she works as all around office assistant to private investigator, Ernie Templeton. Mercy is excited with the renovations of the Figueroa Building where Ernie has his office; as does the law firm of James Quincy Carstairs who has an ugly history with Ernie from when he was a cop. Nash Studio costumier Mr. Francis Easthope hires Ernie to prove to his mother Rosemary that she is paying a fortune to a phony spiritualist couple Mr. and Mrs. d'Agostina. Overwhelmed with too many clients at the moment, Ernie rejects the case, but Mercy offers to help him. Mercy plants Rupert Mullins inside the household as a houseboy so he can keep her informed. Mercy meets Rosemary at a séance hosted by d'Agostina pair. However, after the session is over, one of the attendees, gossip columnist Vivian Hartland, is found dead. Someone in the room obviously killed her. As the scandal explodes over Southern California, Boston Brahman Mrs. Allcutt moves into the home of her brother-in-law having left her spouse on the East Coast. She is horrified that her daughter is working and in the middle of a brouhaha unbecoming of a lady. The second "Angel's" 1920s mystery (see LOST AMONG THE ANGELS) is a fabulous whodunit filled with twists, red herrings, and a horde of viable suspects; of whom none has an obvious motive. Mercy's mom with her upper crust Bostonian lifestyle adds humor as she is disappointed that her younger daughter is God forbid working. With a sense of time and place and loaded with a strong cast especially the heroine, Alice Duncan provides a strong historical investigative tale. Harriet Klausner