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THE SPOOK LIGHTS AFFAIR
Muller and Pronzini’s latest entry in their mystery series featuring Carpenter and Quincannon excels at evoking the time period of 1895 San Francisco, but somewhat lags otherwise. Social hierarchy plays a key role in both how the characters interpret the clues, and how the other characters treat the two detectives. An appearance by a detective who could be Sherlock Holmes adds to the puzzle.
Sabina Carpenter and her partner at Professional Detective Services, John Quincannon, receive two separate cases. Sabina becomes a babysitter for a social debutante. When she runs out of a party, Carpenter follows her to watch her plunge to her death off a cliff. Why did she want to kill herself? Quincannon is trying to nab the culprit behind a large bank robbery — red herrings and surprises abound. (FORGE, Dec., 256 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Jeff Ayers
Published: December 2013