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by Steve Hockensmith

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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This newest Holmes on the Range mystery has historical detail, a grand and hilarious setting, a shaggy cast of characters — all of whom are not quite what they seem — and a hilarious narrator. Otto “Big Red” Amlingmeyer is self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating at the same time and his colorful commentary will make you laugh out loud.

The Amlingmeyer brothers, Gustav “Old Red” and Otto “Big Red,” head to the 1893 Chicago Exposition to compete for the title of world’s greatest sleuth. William Pinkerton himself is to preside over the contest, but the big draw for both brothers is Diana Corvus, she of many names and disguises. But once the detectives are assembled, a murder occurs and all hell breaks loose. Who pushed Armstrong Curtis into a giant vat of cheese? What is Diana’s relationship to her employer, Col. Crowe? What are Pinkerton’s motives? All these questions are answered, after a fashion, by the end of this rollicking tale. (MINOTAUR, Jan., 336 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Liz French

Publisher: MINOTAUR

Published: January 2011

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