A Curtain Falls (Simon Ziele Series #2)

A Curtain Falls (Simon Ziele Series #2)

by Stefanie Pintoff
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A Curtain Falls (Simon Ziele Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
EdNY More than 1 year ago
Stefanie Pintoff, the 2010 winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author for her book In the Shadow of Gotham, takes a new approach to crime. Her two books take place in New York City in the early 1900s, a time when forensic science is beginning to be used to solve crimes. In both of her books, Simon Ziele, a detective formerly in Manhattan and now residing in upstate Dobson, NY is called upon to solve a murder. He is assisted by noted criminologist Alistair Sinclair and his niece Isabella. Sinclair, a renowned professor at Columbia University, spends his time studying criminal behavior and tries to understand the criminal mind in order to understand the crime. In In the Shadow of Gotham, Sarah Wingate is brutally murdered in her own bedroom. After just one day of investigation, Simon is contacted by Alistair, who offers a startling claim about one of his patients, Michael Fromley-that the facts of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to Fromley's deranged mutterings. But what would have led Fromley, with his history of violent behavior and brutal fantasies, to seek out Sarah, a notable mathematics student and a proper young lady who has little in common with his previous targets? Is Fromley really a murderer, or is someone mimicking him? A Curtain Falls finds Ziele investigating the murders of Broadway starlets. Each actress is dressed in a leading actress' costume, posed in a glamorous position on stage and murdered without leaving any marks on her body. A note is left beside each body. Where will this serial killer strike next? Stefanie Pintoff is a mystery writer to watch. I couldn't put either book down. Her writing is descriptive. Her characters generate emotion, whether it is the likable Ziele or the elusive criminal. Her plot is intriguing and unlike many mysteries, the conclusion makes sense. It is interesting to note how fingerprints and psychological profiling are treated at the time...with skepticism. If you are looking for a new name in mysteries, Stefanie Pintoff is the name you are looking for. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's first book; this second is even better! Pintoff's debut won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and she continues her high standards in this follow up. Memorable characters, great suspense, and a rich historical setting make for a terrific read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1904, New York City residents are stunned by the tragic sinking of General Slocum. Like so many locals, NYPD partners detectives Simon Ziele and Declan Mulvaney are impacted by the calamity. Simon's fiancée died with the sinking; he quit the force and left the city moving to Dobson up the Hudson. Declan stayed with NYPD until now in 1906 he is a captain. Needing someone he trusts, Mulvaney asks Ziele, who just watched in disgust a jury set free a spouse killer, to investigate the murder of a Broadway chorus girl; the second such homicide made to look like a suicide near the Garrick Theater on West Thirty-Fifth in the last few weeks. Ziele believes a serial killer is loose. The cops arrest a suspect, but Ziele thinks the wrong man has been brought in. He and criminologist Alistair Sinclair investigate the murders. The latest Ziele historical police procedural (see In the Shadow of Gotham) is an excellent period piece with a strong whodunit. Readers will enjoy the cankerous camaraderie between Ziele and Sinclair who respect each other professionally but also distrust one another personally especially with the former guilt-laden attracted to the latter's widow daughter-in-law. With insight into the beginnings of the Great White Way becoming the American Theater District inside a strong cop case, Stefanie Pintoff provides sub-genre fans with another superb early twentieth century mystery. Harriet Klausner
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firesidereader2 More than 1 year ago
I am delighted to have found this author!  Too long without finding a fresh voice, replete with interesting characters and authoritative historical details tied together with an intriguing plot.  Definitely recommended!
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I enjoyed the first book, "In The Shadow Of Gotham" but this book was even better!!! I didn't think that could be possible because the 1st book was so good but this book was great as well & I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. So glad I discovered Stefanie Pintoff!
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