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THE BUGHOUSE AFFAIR
by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Historical

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A mystery set just before the start of the 20th century with a male/female detective duo and a possible Sherlock Holmes? Sounds cool, but the truth is the storyline is not much fun and neither detective is very bright. Though the authors try with comments about the women’s movement, the writing is unsuccessful at evoking the era. The shifting point of view between the two protagonists is nice and strengthens the narrative, but the end proves to be more of a push for a sequel than a tying-up of loose ends.

Detectives John Quincannon and Sabrina Carpenter work well together, but keep their romantic feelings hidden from each other for the sake of their PI agency. Carpenter receives an assignment to track down a female thief who is stealing wallets at the local amusement park. Quincannon investigates a rash of break-ins where all the victims have insurance policies from the same company. He loses an opportunity to catch the criminal in the act when a man claiming to be Sherlock Holmes interrupts him. (FORGE, Jan., 272 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Jeff Ayers

Publisher: FORGE

Published: January 2013

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