The Spook Lights Affair In San Francisco young debutantes don t commit suicide at festive parties particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter But Virginia St Ives evidently did leaping from a foggy parapet in a

  • Title: The Spook Lights Affair
  • Author: Marcia Muller Bill Pronzini
  • ISBN: 9780765331755
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don t commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter But Virginia St Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional DetIn 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don t commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter But Virginia St Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.Sabina hadn t wanted to take the assignment, but her partner John Quincannon insisted it would serve as entr e to the city s ultra rich and powerful That means money, and Quincannon loves the almighty dollar Which is why he is hunting the bandit who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of 35,000.Working their separate cases while Sabina holds John off with one light hand , the detectives give readers a tour of The City the way it was From the infamous Barbary Coast to the expensive Tenderloin gaming houses and brothels frequented by wealthy men, Quincannon follows a danger laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of the Wells, Fargo robbery Meanwhile, Sabina works her wiles on friends and relatives of the vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place But it s an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases the shrewd crackbrain who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes.Fans of Marcia s Muller s bestselling Sharon McCone novels and Bill Pronzini s Nameless Detective series will applaud The Spook Lights Affair and future exploits from the annals of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.

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    1. Marcia Muller Bill Pronzini says:

      A native of the Detroit area, Marcia Muller grew up in a house full of books and self published three copies of her first novel at age twelve, a tale about her dog complete with primitive illustrations The reviews were generally positive.In the early 1970s, having moved to California, Muller found herself unemployable and began experimenting with mystery novels.In the ensuing thirty some years, Muller has authored over 35 novels three of them in collaboration with husband Bill Pronzini seven short story collections, and numerous nonfiction articles Together she and Pronzini have edited a dozen anthologies and a nonfiction book on the mystery genre Muller received the Shamus Award, The Eye Lifetime achievement award in 1993 In 2005 Muller was named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America, the organization s highest award Pronzini was named Grand Master in 2008, making them the only living couple to share the award the other being Margaret Millar and Ross Macdonald The Mulzinis, as friends call them, live in Sonoma County, California, in yet another house full of books.



    2 thoughts on “The Spook Lights Affair

    1. Oh, this just isn't going to work for me. I'm sure the story is good. Sadly, the audio narration left a lot to be desired. Meredith Mitchell in particular was reading as if she were reading a phone book. A little voice and expression would have been welcome. If I come back to this one, it will be in print format.

    2. Plot-centric historical mystery, with very little character development. The mysteries weren't that interesting, and I was able to figure most of it out early in the story. Lots of info dumps ("telling") about the mysteries, instead of simply showing it to the reader. I won't be reading more of this series.

    3. Carpenter & Quincannon Detective Agency is still in its youth so when a high profile client asks Sabina to babysit their spirited young daughter she grudgingly accepts. The young woman in question is Virginia St. Ives. On a foggy night, while attending a ball, and under the watchful eye of Sabrina, she commits suicide and the body vanishes. This turn of events creates scandal and serious problems for the C & Q Detective Agency. Sabina is determined to figure out what happen and clear her [...]

    4. Enjoyable story taking place in historic San Francisco. I liked how both cases ended up combining to make the bigger picture.The detectives have good chemistry together and both work well together. However, this one leaves the reader on a bit of a cliffhanger regarding one of the detective's personal life. Can't wait to see where this goes.

    5. The Spook Lights Affair is a light mystery revolving around the apparent suicide of a wealthy debutante one foggy night during a party in San Francisco, 1895. Detective Sabina Carpenter was hired to look after the girl and the tragedy is seen as a failure on her part. But Sabina senses that not all is as it seemed, and she pursues her own investigation in order to salvage her agency's reputation.Meanwhile, her partner, John Quincannon, is working on a bank robbery case: $35,000 stolen and not a [...]

    6. I have to admit that the whole reason that I grabbed this book from my library was that I saw that Bill Pronzini was listed as a co-author. I love his writing so I was dying to see the influence of it in this book. It had very little of the tension that I love his books for.This book had more of a "cozy-lite" feel to it which simply bored me. Although parts of the story grabbed me, the majority did not. While I wouldn't continue on with this series,I did feel that it was written well enough to p [...]

    7. Set in San Francisco in 1895, the Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services finds itself involved in two separate cases that in the end become one and the same. While the storyline may prove simple and predictable, the descriptive passages of California living at the turn of the century makes this an enjoyable read.

    8. #2 Quincannon/Carpenter mysteryThis is a good story, not too complicated plotwise, but enjoyable. I doubt I'll read more of this series, due to my long TBR.I picked this up at the library because I liked the cover and title.

    9. I did this one as an audio book, just as I did the Bug House Affair, the first book in the Carpenter/Quincannon series. I liked this one much better than the first book as the annoying Sherlock Holmes had only a very minor role. These stories are simplistic and fun little mysteries, great for enjoying while soaking in the tub or while driving to work (remember, I did this audiobook so it was safe). There's nothing terribly complex about the writing, but I do find the description of 19th century [...]

    10. Following in the footsteps of The Bug House Affair; Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon tie together two apparently unrelated mysteries in the greater San Francisco environs of the turn of the last century. Although the cases are fictional, much of the story involves real people and places, so that it reads like an alternate history with a criminal element. The "bug-house Holmes" makes another appearance, adding to the fun. Personally, I'm looking forward to the next one from Muller and Pronzin [...]

    11. [library audiolbook]By depicting the apparent thoughts of 19th century San Francisco, the narrative became tiresome and I turned off and deleted. Also, the depiction of the female lead as a former Pinkerton op was a turn off.

    12. I quite liked it. The alternating chapters between Carpenter and Quincannon ultimately came together to a satisfying conclusion. It's very interesting to read about pre-earthquake San Francisco

    13. This is the first book I have read in Muller and Pronzini's Carpenter and Quincannon series and I thoroughly enjoyed it not just for the story but for the historical facts included in the novel about the San Francisco and surrounding area. The story is set in 1895, Stanford was just starting up as a college, the Tenderloin area in San Francisco had debauchery parlors for the more well to do, while the Barbary Coast was considered the place where violent and hardened criminals hung out to gamble, [...]

    14. In 1895, female detectives were not common in San Francisco. That's one of the things that made the detective agency of Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon so notable. The other was the success that they had solving the troubling cases that come to them. That successful reputation is put on the line when they take on cases that leave their expertise in doubt. Sabina has been hired as to watch over the debutante of the season, Virginia St. Clair, during her coming out parties. She should make a [...]

    15. Slight spoilers ahead. I'm so disappointed in this story. It started out so good and interesting but became too far fetched. John and Sabina own a private investigation business and like in the previous book in this series each was working on a separate case that turned out to be connected. Why couldn't they have worked cases that are unrelated in book two? My interest waned when the 'ghostly sightings' came along but that, thankfully, turned out to be something other than what we were lead to b [...]

    16. I didn't do a full review for this one on my blog because I didn't feel that that many people would be interested in it. This was an enjoyable mystery read. I really did like the fake or not Sherlock Holmes character, he was kind of fun. The main characters were okay and the mystery was okay as well. I thought it was a cool idea to have two mysteries intertwine to become one. I just felt that there wasn't the fun of being left enough clues for the reader to try and solve the mystery themselves. [...]

    17. It is 1895, and the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services has two new cases to solve. Sabina Carpenter is working to discover why a beautiful, rich young debutante, Virginia St. Ives, would commit suicide at a party, leaping from a foggy parapet to her death on the rocks below. But then her body disappears, and Sabina is held responsible for her death. John Quincannon is hunting for the thief who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of $35,000, in order to earn the reward o [...]

    18. 3.5 Stars. I enjoyed this more than the first book in the series. It didn't use all the period slang that I found distracting and was definitely more character driven rather than all setting and description. I like the characters of Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon and their dance of a possible romantic entailment. There were dual plots as in the debut that intersect at the end. Sabina's case involves Virginia St. Ives a young rich society girl. Her traveling parents hire Sabina to chaperone [...]

    19. Sabina Carpenter has been hired to keep an eye on a young debutante who her parents suspect is carrying on a dalliance with an unsuitable young man. While at a party, the girl appears to commit suicide and Sabina must work on clearing her name and restoring her reputation.Meanwhile, John Quincannon is attempting to find burglars who robbed Wells, Fargo so he can collect a $3000 reward. Towards the end, the two detectives find that their cases intersect.Unfortunately, that does not mean that they [...]

    20. I didn't know it when I ordered this book from my library, but this is the second in a new series by husband-and-wife team Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Marcia Muller is the author of the present-day PI series featuring Sharon McCone, and Bill Pronzini created the Nameless Detective series. Both are excellent mystery writers. This book features a detective agency run by a woman who is a former Pinkerton detective (a Pinkerton Rose, as the women were called) and a male former Secret Service Ag [...]

    21. This is the second book I've read in this series. The Spook Lights Affair is a nice little mystery. For a seasoned mystery reader, the plot might seem a bit predictable and the inter-twining of the two crimes somewhat contrived, but the well-researched picture of late 19th century San Francisco is worth it. The lead characters, widowed Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon, both previously of the Pinkerton Agency are companionable business partners and as the series progresses I hope to see more [...]

    22. It takes a solid grasp of a historical setting to impress me, and these authors do exactly that and more. Add to that a perplexing suicide/murder/or?, a hunt for missing Wells Fargo money, and assorted other mysteries that may or may not be related, and you have an interesting tour of 1895 San Francisco and environs. This is so nicely put-together that I wasn't even aware that I was reading the second in a series until I checked the cover/title about a third of the way in. The authors weave in 1 [...]

    23. I have enjoyed almost everything this husband/wife pair have written from "Edwin of the Iron Shoes" and "The Snatch" to their present collaboration. This period series set in the early days of San Francisco is the perfect vehicle to allow both voices to shine. It is always fun to compare present locations like the Outer Sunset to their predecessors such as Carville-by-the-Sea.Sabrina Carpenter and John Quincannon work well together as partners and the sexual tension is mild and does not distract [...]

    24. It should have been titled the SPOOF Lights Affair! I think both authors wrote with tongue-in-cheek! As a former long time SF resident I loved the historical references and also the archaic vocabulary!! Have to admit I'd never heard of Carville by the Sea or the Potato Patch Foghorn (even though I have hiked out to Point Bonita!). Google enlightened me to both!! Have read all of both Bill and Marcia - but somehow I missed this one so I really enjoyed returning to the Bay Area for an afternoon! A [...]

    25. It had its moments but I figured out the mystery basically as soon as it happened. The plot twists were so very obvious to me that it held no entertainment value. Also, the author wrote in Sherlock Holmes' character and he was referred to with disdain as a dingbat by the male protagonist as well as other negative remarks. Yeah, did not win me over with that little element. Sorry, do not enjoy the besmirchment of one of my all time favorite fictional characters. lol, yes I am that petty!

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