Kalorama Shakedown

Kalorama Shakedown

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by Robert Bruce Stewart
     
 

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Boodlers, and pikers, and slyboots... oh my!
It's December 1901, when the paths of three of the era's notable characters cross in the nation's capital: the Wizard of Oz, the Countess von Schnurrenberger und Kesselheim, and Harry Reese, insurance investigator. Harry has come to Washington in order to solve a string of jewelry thefts. But first he must match

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Boodlers, and pikers, and slyboots... oh my!
It's December 1901, when the paths of three of the era's notable characters cross in the nation's capital: the Wizard of Oz, the Countess von Schnurrenberger und Kesselheim, and Harry Reese, insurance investigator. Harry has come to Washington in order to solve a string of jewelry thefts. But first he must match wits with a throng of thirsty newspapermen, a pack of rapacious lobbyists, and a young devotee of the Wizard's. And as is usual, his dear wife Emmie has her own agenda.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938710087
Publisher:
Street Car Mysteries
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Kalorama Shakedown 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 34 reviews.
Amaranthae More than 1 year ago
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.
time_well_spent More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this book. It had mystery and humor. I'll keep my eyes open for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 129 pages, but a good mystery
Love2Read2MySon More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this mystery. Reminded me of the Thin Man series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another fun, fast-paced read in the Harry Reese Mysteries series. Harry and Emmie are at it again and do not disappoint. Definitely a must read, especially if you have been captured by Harry and Emmie's quirky characteristics. Good job Robert Bruce Stewart!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I adore his phrasing and characterizatiin. The mystery in this one felt almost secondary. Harry and Emmie are always enjoyable, though i don't think this is the best in the series. ?...wjj
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Pretty boring. The basic story line is good but the characters are shallow and dialogue is lacking. I was overall glad when it was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The murder mystery came a bit late and was therefore a bit rushed, but the characters were fun and lively. Enjoy the ride!
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LoveAGoodMystery More than 1 year ago
This is a funny historical mystery. I recommend reading the preceding novels and stories for an enhanced appreciation of these engaging characters. It's December of 1901, and the Reeses are in Washington this time, Harry to investigate some jewel heists, and Emmie ... well, Emmie's not saying exactly, but she's got something up her sleeve as usual. Mindful of Emmie's weakness for the horses, and with the help of a flamboyant Countess, Harry makes sure to keep her well away from Mrs. Spinks' "literary salons", where Washington's movers and shakers seem to congregate, and where the victims of the jewel robberies just happen to be regular visitors. The robbery investigation soon leads to the possibility of insurance fraud, some hilarious late-night escapades, and (much to the satisfaction of Emmie) there is a murder or two as well. Those of us who are familiar with the Harry and Emmie Reese mysteries will be thoroughly entertained by this book, and pleased by the reappearance of Emmie's old friend Elizabeth and Detective Sergeant Tibbitts of the NYPD. The rest of you -- well, what are you waiting for? If you like really well-written, ingeniously-plotted mysteries that take you back in time and give you a good laugh doing it, you really can't go wrong with Harry and Emmie Reese. Highly recommended.
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Good read
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dmlyons More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read, not the best I've ever read, but good. I'll be reading more from this author in the future.
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