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A Death at the Rose Paperworks (Libby Seale Mystery #2)
by M.J. Zellnik
M. J. Zellnik takes us back to 1890s Portland, Oregon, when horse-drawn carriages crowded the busy streets. The booming city offers refuge to Libby Seale who has fled New York and an abusive husband. As a seamstress for the prominent Rose family, she's one of the first to learn that her boss Hiram Rose has been killed -- mangled to death by machinery at his own paper mill ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 8th 2006 by Midnight Ink
(first published October 1st 2006)
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After enjoying the first "Libby Seale mystery" on a trip to Portland, I figured I'd pick up this sequel to see what happened to the seamstress heroine. The book is set in 1894, a few months after the events of Murder at the Portland Variety, and Libby has managed to find steady work at the home of a local paper magnate. Hiram Rose is the owner of one of the city's two paper mills, and when someone dies in his factory, Libby reunites with newspaperman Peter Eberle to investigate. Their relationsh ...more
Our book club chose to read books set in Oregon, and I decided to try this one out. I've already read quite a bit of Kate Wilhelm and Alafair Burke, and wanted to try an historical mystery. Quite a few people had read or were planning to read Sharan Newman's The Shanghai Tunnel, so I went with Zellnik. Oops. It wasn't bad, just predictable and a bit dull. Pretty much a cozy trying to be like Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series without success. I will give Zellnik great credit for weaving her resear ...more
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