- Tapa blanda: 286 páginas
- Editor: Poisoned Pen Press; Edición: Large type / large print edition (1 de marzo de 2011)
- Colección: Mark Winslow Mystery
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1590588576
- ISBN-13: 978-1590588574
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
A Pinchbeck Bride (Mark Winslow Mystery) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – Texto grande, 1 mar 2011
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Praise for the Mark Winslow mysteries... "Beautifully vivid writing." -Tess Gerritsen "An intricately plotted mystery." -Neil Plakcy A young woman found strangled in Mingo House, a brownstone museum in Boston's Back Bay, was dressed in Victorian finery as if for high tea. Soon she becomes the focus of publicity and speculation that reaches back to the Mingoes' roots in England and to the builders of the mansion. Mark Winslow and the other trustees of Mingo House-pursuing their own agendas- disagree as to whether the museum is sustainable. As the deaths and threats multiply, one question resounds: which will survive this summer of deluge-Mingo House or its terrified staff? Stephen Anable was born in Boston and graduated from Stanford and Harvard universities. A Pinchbeck Bride is second in his mystery series featuring comedian Mark Winslow. www.stephenanable.com
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Stephen H. Anable was born in Boston and graduated from Stanford and Harvard universities.His short fiction and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies.At various time during his life, he has been a standup comic, a journalist, an actor, a social worker, a scriptwriter, and the communications coordinator at a cemetery.He has two sons and lives in Massachusetts."
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The common points between the books are a setting in eastern New England, an unusual property from the nineteenth century that is getting a twentieth century exploitation, and a history-buff, gay, stand-up performer / publicist as the narrator.
Unlike many other gay-detective series, these two books do not focus on the intimate or sexual relationships of the detective. Indeed only a mother-daughter pair and a boyfriend carry over materially from the first book to the second. In “A Pinchbeck Bride” the new characters are quite vivid; the others are comfortable friends, given their privacy. The narrator likes (partly invented) history and is aware of art. While these treatments cause both books to be balanced unusually, the result is natural, given the character telling the tale.
“The Fisher Boy” provides details on Mark Winslow’s background but is not necessary to read first, as there is little linkage to the stories.
Other reviewers have given descriptions of the plot of “A Pinchbeck Bride”. I like the stories for some sharp observations made, for prodding my understanding of earlier America, and for Mark Winslow’s curiosity, persistence, adaptability, and missteps.
The language is arch and often funny, the observations on the kind of historic preservation here presented as the basis for bringing a vast group of characters together, are pointed. The writing is fine, but the story wanders too much for my taste and the excursions into seedy raunchy film making were unnecessary, in my view. This is the kind of mystery fiction that caters to fairly narrow tastes, and does it pretty well.
I really enjoyed this book immensely. I don't think that the characters were as well rounded as I normally like, but then again it may be that this isn't the first of the series and they assume that you read The Fisher Boy.
However, I really liked the way that the mystery and drama unfurled throughout the book. So much that I actually read this book in one sitting.
I think I will go back and read the first book. Just to see if I get a better perspective on the characters.
In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
Mark Winslow's in over his head. Not only does he have to work on his standup routine but he also has to worry about being a trustee at a local museum dedicated to the Victorian era. Mingo House is well known for it's collection of curios... as well as for it's unsavory past of seances, stolen royal goods, & blood money. When Mark discovers a murdered young woman (in Victorian clothing no less) in the museum, he just can't help but investigate the murder. Is this the work of a calculated murderer or is Mingo House really cursed?
Readers will thrill at this latest entry in the Mark Winslow series, especially since there's so much here to like. Not only does Anable create a series with a gay lead, but he also manages to keep from making him the one note stereotype that can be seen in many mainstream mystery series. Mark is gay, proud of it, & isn't going to conform to anyone else's ideals. It's incredibly refreshing, to be honest.
Many will also like the rich atmosphere that Anable weaves for the audience as he also delivers a page turning mystery that will keep you guessing until the last few pages. (I know I didn't predict the ending until the very last part of the book!) You'll find yourself not only reading for those few more minutes longer, but you'll also enjoy the great interactions between the characters. Another great thing for potential readers is that while this is the second book in the series, it is incredibly easy to pick up & follow along with. (Which is how most series books should be.) No worries about not being able to keep up with previously mentioned story lines.
The only flaws of this book are that the book is a little dry to start off with & that the ending is a little rushed. Some might find that while the ending is very plausible, that they just wanted a little bit more to the story to expand & flesh out the conclusion a little. This doesn't mar the overall enjoyment of it all, though.
This is one book that is worth the read & I heartily recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries & page turners.
(ARC provided by Netgalley)