With Mallets Aforethought: A Winston Wyc Mystery

With Mallets Aforethought: A Winston Wyc Mystery

by Brian Johnston
     
 

Architectural historian Winston Wyc reluctantly ventures once again from the safe haven of New York City to the wild hinterlands of upstate New York. This time he has been hired by Sackett Corbally, an alarmed scion of the wealthy Corbally family. It seems that the stubborn Clement Corbally, Sr. - an enthusiastic amateur historian - wants to create his own private… See more details below

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Architectural historian Winston Wyc reluctantly ventures once again from the safe haven of New York City to the wild hinterlands of upstate New York. This time he has been hired by Sackett Corbally, an alarmed scion of the wealthy Corbally family. It seems that the stubborn Clement Corbally, Sr. - an enthusiastic amateur historian - wants to create his own private Sturbridge Village-style restoration on the extensive family estate. Winston is fully aware that Sackett Corbally hopes that he will dissuade his father from such a complicated - and extremely costly - project. But such is the delicate work of an architectural historian who is often involved - on one side or the other - in a historical preservation debate. Besides, as Kiko, his irrepressible assistant, reminds him, even historians must attend to the present-day business of paying bills. Clement, Sr., of course, has no intention of letting his contentious family ruin his fun. When Winston visits Longmeadow, the impressive family home, he finds himself unexpectedly charmed by the curmudgeonly patriarch as well as impressed by Clement's detailed plans for a restored mid-eighteenth-century village. He even briefly contemplates the joys of rural life - despite his unfortunate past experiences. But history, as Winston of all people should know, has a way of repeating itself - and very soon he finds himself involved in another hair-raising escapade in the wilds of the Hudson Valley.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Elderly millionaire Clement Corbally is buying dismantled buildings and storing them at Longmeadow, his upstate New York property, where he plans to construct a small historic village similar to Sturbridge. His partner, TV star Miles Northingham, has a grandiose scheme for turning the project into a hot TV series. The eccentric Corbally sons have ideas of their own. Gay, avant-garde artist and croquet enthusiast Clement Jr. wants to tack on an amusement park, while fake Episcopal priest Sackett, hoping to scuttle the whole shebang, hires architectural historian Winston Wyc (seen before in The Gift Horse Murders) to provide his expert opinion. Murder upstages restoration, however, and Wyc's reasoning powers prove more vital than his professional expertise. Even more interesting than homicide are his discourses on early American architecture. Johnston, a former actor and cabinetmaker, constructs a solid solution, but the dull road getting there is marked by nebulous characters and stilted dialogue.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elderly millionaire Clement Corbally is buying dismantled buildings and storing them at Longmeadow, his upstate New York property, where he plans to construct a small historic village similar to Sturbridge. His partner, TV star Miles Northingham, has a grandiose scheme for turning the project into a hot TV series. The eccentric Corbally sons have ideas of their own. Gay, avant-garde artist and croquet enthusiast Clement Jr. wants to tack on an amusement park, while fake Episcopal priest Sackett, hoping to scuttle the whole shebang, hires architectural historian Winston Wyc (seen before in The Gift Horse Murders) to provide his expert opinion. Murder upstages restoration, however, and Wyc's reasoning powers prove more vital than his professional expertise. Even more interesting than homicide are his discourses on early American architecture. Johnston, a former actor and cabinetmaker, constructs a solid solution, but the dull road getting there is marked by nebulous characters and stilted dialogue. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883402440
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.06(d)

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