Murder on the Waterfront

Murder on the Waterfront

5.0 1
by Susan Brassfield Cogan
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Lady Margaret's quest to bring a killer to justice leads her out of her art studio to a seedy all-night cafe, a Depression-era tenement, the waterfront, and eventually to the dark underbelly of Chinatown.

Inspector Monahan, the blunt-talking son of Irish immigrants has no love for the English nobility. He takes a dim view of interfering amateur sleuths and doesn't

Overview

Lady Margaret's quest to bring a killer to justice leads her out of her art studio to a seedy all-night cafe, a Depression-era tenement, the waterfront, and eventually to the dark underbelly of Chinatown.

Inspector Monahan, the blunt-talking son of Irish immigrants has no love for the English nobility. He takes a dim view of interfering amateur sleuths and doesn't like being strong-armed, even by a gorgeous dame.

Together they pursue the Mandarin, a shadowy Chinese gangster who may have the answers to blackmail, smuggling, and the whereabouts of a heartless killer.

Cherie Jung reviewing for Over My Dead Body:
"It's been quite some time since I read a book I was willing to skip lunch to continue reading, but I read straight through from page one to the end without stopping. Everything clicks. A good story, fascinating characters, and snappy dialogue."

Editorial Reviews

Cherie Jung

MURDER ON THE WATERFRONT is set in San Francisco, 1935. The author introduces readers to British expatriate and artist Countess of Chesterleigh, or Lady Margaret as her friends call her.

While returning from a late-night jaunt, Lady Margaret witnesses a shooting.

Lady Margaret is not confident that the police will take the case seriously or ever manage to solve it. She is determined to investigate on her own. Reluctantly she agrees to the demands of Inspector Monahan, the police officer assigned to the case, that she keep him informed of her actions as she sets about unraveling the reasons for the shooting.

Monahan is the son of Irish immigrants and is none too pleased with the prospect of a woman, and one of Lady Margaret's standing at that, "assisting" him on an investigation. (I'm not sure which displeases him most, the English nobility or meddling females.) However, the two are forced to work together if they hope to track down a Chinese gangster who may have information they need, including the whearabouts of the killer.

The pairing of these two unlikely partners reminds me a bit of the Inspector Lynely/Sgt. Havers pairing, except in reverse, regarding gender and nobility. And though it's been done many times in other series, the author manages to make this pairing of cop and amateur sleuth seem fresh and innovative.

From the sinister streets of Chinatown to Curly's all-nite cafe on the waterfront the author brings the Depression-era setting of San Francisco alive for the reader. Blackmail, smuggling, Chinese gangsters. What more could you want from a tale of murder on the streets of San Francisco?!?

It's been quite some time since I read a book I was willing to skip lunch to continue reading, but I read straight through from page one to the end without stopping.

Everything clicks. A good story, fascinating characters, and snappy dialogue.

In my mind, reading MURDER ON THE WATERFRONT was reminiscent of the pleasure Jeremy Brett brought to the PBS Mystery! series of the Sherlock Holmes stories for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the plucky Lady Margaret and her friends. Even the minor characters were memorable. Ms. Cogan has created an entire cast of potential series regulars for future Lady Margaret adventures from Henry, her lover, right down to Mary the maid. And no doubt, Inspector Monahan will make a great investigating "partner."

This is one of those rare books that is so enjoyable, when you finish reading the last words on the page, you want to turn back to page one and begin again. No kidding!

I want more Lady Margaret stories please!
for OVER MY DEAD BODY!

Over My Dead Body - Cherie Jung
“It’s been quite some time since I read a book I was willing to skip lunch to continue reading, but I read straight through from page one to the end without stopping. Everything clicks. A good story, fascinating characters, and snappy dialogue.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463558871
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/23/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

I am a full time novelist and occasionally do some graphic design to entertain myself.

I left home at the age of sixteen and hitchhiked to New York where I worked for a while as a welder in the ship yard. When they discovered my papers were phony I decided to try acting and eventually landed a bit part in Cats. I wrote my first novel backstage at the theater waiting to say my one line. That manuscript found honorable work as a hotel drawer liner.

I worked my way to Europe on a tramp steamer and back packed through France, Serbia, Romania and Transylvania, occasionally singing show tunes to pay for pens and paper.

I tried to run with the bulls in Pamplona but a young Spaniard offered me an evening of Chianti and dancing and wouldn't take "no" for an answer. So we sat on a balcony watching young men get trampled. The Chianti was delicious and so was the Spaniard.

When war broke out I became a correspondent and drove an ambulance. I had a torrid affair with one of the Australian NATO peace keepers and eventually left him for an Italian socialist who wanted my help standing for parliament. He lost but he kindly paid my plane ticket to La Paz, Peru.

The novel I wrote in Peru was sadly eaten by a lama one night during a rebel incursion. During my time with the revolutionaries, I learned graphic design so I could make their posters, flyers and t-shirts. I also wrote a novel about my torrid affair with the guerrilla leader. The manuscript was burned during a CIA drone attack.

In New Orleans I became a stenographer for Vampire LeStout. I carried a serious torch for him but he said I wasn't his blood type. I think he had a taste for the Y chromosome if you know what I mean. I asked him to read the manuscript of my next novel and I found it a few days later in the back of the garden with a stake driven through it.

During my year in Tibet, I happened to be surfing the internet one night when I found the absolutely perfect man on Ebay. The bidding was fierce and ended up wiping out my savings but I won and we now reside in a secluded villa in Norman, Oklahoma.

And, after the first sentence, not a single word of the above is true.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Murder on the Waterfront 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rawsound More than 1 year ago
Countess Chesterleigh is fabulous! Murder on the Waterfront was a delight. It's a perfect confection that, like a bon bon, will leave you wanting more.