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Posted June 20, 2014
Posted October 6, 2013
Written with more than a discreet nod at Hammett and a dash of P.G. Wodehouse this novel, the third in a series, is a great and engrossing little read. It is a mystery, with more than a little satire and three murders thrown in for good measure. Also, like its two predecessors it is completely able to stand firmly on its own merits.
Our main protagonist is the man the series is named after, and with his wife, he adds body and humour to this absorbing novel. He is dry, precise and engaging and is the perfect foil to his wife who wilful, secretive and independent, worryingly so for the era in which the novel is set. The Author does an outstanding job of making his main character not only the perfect gentleman for his time, but one who is well aware of the ‘flaws’ others may like to point out his wife possesses, and he deals with them all in a gracious manner. He is very likeable and this makes the reader want to know more about him and his world as the novel progresses. His wife is also well written, to such a degree that she could almost be billed up there with her Husband, and the novel could be said to have duel main protagonists. I thoroughly enjoyed this strong Lady, and actually felt myself warming more to her than I did her Husband; maybe it is because I could visualize myself in her role if I were transplanted back to that time period.
The book is written in the first person narrative, with Mr. Reese being our narrator and, in this manner the story is told through his experiences, emotions and reactions to everything and everyone he meets, including some very humourous asides about his wife and her friends. However, rather than being a dry read as is sometimes the case with novels written in this manner, it just makes the storyline seem more realistic and interesting. I did wonder from the title of the book if the Author was giving a small nod to the Kalorama Guest House in Woodley Park D.C, as a lot of the action and events in the book do take place in Washington D.C. it is apparent that extensive research was done to ensure the descriptive portions of the book concerning the nation’s capital, were correct for the time and a great deal of care was taken to ensure no buildings appeared where there were none. Through a deft use of words and writing style, the Author transports the reader back to a time when there were still vast expanses of greenery to be see around Washington, and society was governed by strict rules and layers; he also fleshes out the storyline with wonderfully witty dialogue, a slew of literary references and some very engaging and entertaining relationships, a couple of whom I hope will make further appearances.
I would strongly recommend this novel and others in the series to lovers of the mystery genre and those who like a side order of humour and satire with their murders.
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Posted October 6, 2013
I got this book as a gift in exchange for a review and I really enjoyed it. I loved all the colorful characters and it had me laughing out loud numerous times. Having a variety of suspects it had me guessing until the end and I especially liked how the reader is transported back in time to a different way of life, and solving a crime can take many unexpected and comical turns. I can't wait to read the next installment of the series. I highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys historical fiction with a big helping of humor and suspense.
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Posted September 12, 2014
Posted August 2, 2014
Cannot understand why the two are together! Their dialog was often confusing, making references that were not explained. She is calculating + secretive - don't really want to read anything else about her. This one was enough for me.
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Posted August 1, 2014
This was an entertaining read. The dialogue between Mr. and Mrs. Reese and the fact that the 2 of them work separately and together to solve various pieces of the puzzle reminded me very much of the classic thin man series. Plus they also enjoy their drinks. :)
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Posted July 27, 2014
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Posted February 6, 2015
I am planning to purchase the entire series of the street car mysteries. they are funny period pieces; several times, I laughed out loud. gave them to my mother to read and she concurred. these mysteries are set around the turn of the century (the 20th century, that is), and harry & emmie have a number of adventures within their adventures. being an insurance investigator gives harry opportunities for mysteries from simple theft to murder. emmie doesn't need a venue to find her mysteries--they either find her or she makes her own. on a personal level, they are newlyweds, wed after only a brief courtship. do be aware, however, that this is the third in the series--if you prefer to read the series in order (like I do, start with book one. happy reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2015
Set at the turn of the twentieth century, an insurance investigator unravels a jewel theft only to discover murder. Subtle sarcasm highlights the tale and the perspective of the storyteller. Delightful, refreshing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2015
The story is set in an often-neglected time period, which makes it more interesting to begin with. The fast-paced narration and jaunty characters draw you right in, with plenty of surprises to keep your attention. A delightful blend of humor, suspense, and wit. Very well-written. I didn't want to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2015
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Posted January 9, 2015
I can't remember when I've ever read a more boring publication ... there must have been, but I just don't remember it.
Robert Bruce Steward should be given some credit for putting his name on this effort ... my question is "Why?"
Granted, I only read half of the book ... I will read the other half and if it gets better (which I doubt), I'll write another review.
Until then, this book is better than any sleeping pill I've ever taken ... with no after effects.
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Posted August 28, 2014
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Posted July 29, 2014
While the mystery in this book is intriguing, I found the narrator, Harry Reese, and his wife, Emmie, extremely irritating characters. There is some mild humor, but the nonstop hints about secrets kept from each other, without any clues to the reader, became very tiresome. And their extremely flippant attitude towards each other was not at all endearing and sometimes just annoying. I don't understand why they were even married. The whole book seemed to lack substance, from the shallowly portrayed characters to Harry's terse narrative to the lack of real clues until toward the end. If you like sparse historical mysteries, you might enjoy the style, but I can't recommend it.
Posted July 16, 2014
Posted February 14, 2014