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The Bughouse Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery (edition 2013)

by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

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Title:The Bughouse Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery
Authors:Marcia Muller
Other authors:Bill Pronzini
Info:Forge Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:(fiction) mystery, 1890s, San Francisco

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The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller



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The first in a historical mystery series set in 1890s San Francisco. Featuring the former Pinkerton operative Sabrina Carpenter and her partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 1, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book. Ive read sone of Pronzini and Muller's individual books and didnt care for them that much but when they write together it really works. I hope they continue this series! ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
This delightful historical fiction pairs up two congenial characters as partners in a detective agency. While Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon appear to working on solving separate cases, eventually the investigations become intertwined. Adding to the intrigue is the chance meeting with another famous detective from across the pond - Sherlock Holmes. Quincannon believes the fellow to be an impostor, for surely everyone knows that Holmes is dead. In the audio version, the alternating chapters of Sabina and John are read by two narrators, adding to its charm. This entertaining mystery is a promising beginning to a new series. ( )
  Maydacat | Jul 25, 2015 |
It is rather a hodgepodge of cliches, though I did like wandering through Victorian San Francisco. Quincannon is a dud, he is reminiscent of the block of Irish Peat that Molly Malone suffers with in Rhys Bowen's otherwise fun series. Picture S Holmes as the most exciting character, they must have really become bored with their current protagonists to have written this book.
I am currently reading , actually, rereading, the early McCone books because they predated LibraryThing; and enjoying them. They have evolved nicely into an excellent crime fighting, mystery solving partnership. I finished Bughouse and hope subsequent books benefit from a similar epiphany. ( )
  jamespurcell | Mar 14, 2015 |
John Quincannon, formerly of the U.S. Secret Service, and Sabina Carpenter, a former Pinkerton operative, together run a private detective agency in Victorian San Francisco. Each of the business partners has taken the lead in the investigation for one of the agency's two current clients. Quincannon is looking into a series of thefts for an insurance agency, while Carpenter is hunting for a pickpocket working San Francisco's leisure spots. The detectives discover a possible connection between the cases, and they receive assistance (or rather, interference) from an unlikely source.

The first person perspective alternates by chapter between Carpenter and Quincannon. I listened to the audio version with a male and a female narrator. This doesn't work particularly well since Carpenter and Quincannon have a lot of conversations with each other. Each narrator ends up doing voice characterizations for both detectives. I was bothered by some historical inaccuracies. One of the characters buys a cone of ice cream a decade before their introduction at the Saint Louis World's Fair, and the same character visited the Chutes more than a year before they opened. The addition of Sherlock Holmes (supposed dead after his confrontation with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls) is superfluous. His presence gives me the impression that the authors weren't sure the Carpenter/Quincannon duo could carry the story on their own. There's nothing about the plot or the characters that would tempt me to continue reading this series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jan 28, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765331748, Hardcover)

In The Bughouse Affair, this first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John
Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations.

Sabina’s case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady “dip” who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places.  Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents, following a trail that leads him from the infamous Barbary Coast to an oyster pirate’s lair to a Tenderloin parlor house known as the Fiddle Dee Dee.

The two cases eventually connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and assorted other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted, and exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes.

Fans of Marcia’s Muller’s bestselling Sharon McCone novels and Bill Pronzini’s Nameless Detective series will applaud this and future exploits from the annals of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:07 -0400)

1890s San Francisco. Former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, tackle two seemingly unrelated cases that are complicated by two murders and the interference of Sherlock Holmes.

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