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A Curtain Falls (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Stefanie Pintoff

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Title:A Curtain Falls
Authors:Stefanie Pintoff
Info:Minotaur Books (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, American, historical fiction, crime, historical crime, New York, MCPL, read 2012

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A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff (2010)

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This was a good second book in this series, which is set in 1906, and features a police officer in New York City. ( )
  jhoaglin | Apr 24, 2014 |
There is nothing more frustrating to me as a reader than an interesting idea mangled by an inept writer. I hated so much of this, and yet that kernel of interest kept me going...to a finale worthy of a terrible soap opera. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
The careers of New York City detective Simon Ziele and his former partner, Captain Declan Mulvaney, went in remarkably different directions after the tragic death of Ziele’s fiancée in the 1904 General Slocum ferry disaster. While earmarked for bigger things, Ziele moved north of the city to escape the violence, and Mulvaney dug in deeper, heading up the precinct in the most crime-ridden part of New York.
Yet with all of the resources at Mulvaney’s disposal, a puzzling crime compels him to ask his former partner for help. A chorus girl has been found dead on a Broadway stage dressed as the lead. There is no sign of violence. The coroner would call it a suicide, but then she’d be the second actress to die that way in only days.
Following on the heels of Pintoff’s Edgar Award–winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative tale that follows Ziele as he scours the streets in search of a true fiend.


A difficult one, excellent sense of time and place but …I just don’t like the characters in this series, I didn’t care about any of them. I read Gotham a while back and was forgettable to the point that I didn’t even recognise the characters when they appeared in A Curtain Falls.

I thought the story was weak and tedious, the twists and turns increasingly preposterous, characters boring. I don’t think I will be reading The Secret of the White Rose and please don’t compare to Caleb Carr.
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  jan.fleming | May 2, 2013 |
Sequel to her Edgar winner . I liked this one much more than the first. Same characters, same setting. Moved along at a faster pace than the first book. New York theater in the early 1900s is very interesting to read about. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Meh. The story here was not nearly as interesting as In the Shadow of Gotham. Hopefully the third book is better. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
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The careers of New York City detective Simon Ziele and his former partner Captain Declan Mulvaney went in remarkably different directions after the tragic death of Ziele’s fiancée in the 1904 General Slocum ferry disaster. Although both men were earmarked for much bigger things, Ziele moved to Dobson, a small town north of the city, to escape the violence, and Mulvaney buried himself even deeper, agreeing to head up the precinct in the most crime-ridden area in the city.

Yet with all of the detectives and resources at Mulvaney’s disposal, a particularly puzzling crime compels him to look for someone he can trust absolutely.  When a chorus girl is found dead on a Broadway stage dressed in the leading lady’s costume, there are no signs of violence, no cuts, no bruises—no marks at all. If pressed, the coroner would call it a suicide, but then that would make her the second girl to turn up dead in such a manner in the last few weeks.  And the news of a possible serial killer would be potentially disastrous to the burgeoning theater world, not to mention the citizens of New York.

Following on the heels of Stefanie Pintoff’s acclaimed and award-winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative tale that follows Ziele and his partners as they scour the dark streets of early-twentieth-century New York in search of a true fiend.

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Pursuing separate careers after a tragic ferry disaster New York, Detective Simon Ziele and Captain Declan Mulvaney are brought together again by a case involving the murders of three Broadway actresses.

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