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Murder in Store (Quint McCauley #1)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Preston Hauser, owner of a famous department store, asks his head of security, Quint McCauley, to investigate some threatening letters he has received. No sooner does Quint take on the job, than Preston is poisoned by one of his own vitamin pills. With Quint looking on. Suspicion falls on Hauser's young wife, Diana, but Quint quickly learns she's not the only one who might ...more
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published 1989 by Tyrus Books
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Lets start with the detective. Middle-aged, a touch cynical, not very successful (he is a detective, right?), not bad with the one-liners, ladies like him and he is kind of a likeable kind of guy. Let me add, not to serious, not particularly ambitious, willing to admit his mistakes, loyal. (If you were a dog or cat you would want this guy to own you.) So what's unusual about him? Well for one thing he is a Department Store detective and this story takes place in modern times.

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I really liked this cozy mystery. It was different from other cozies I have read before. This one starred a male lead and I'm used to the female perspective in a cozy. The mystery was interesting and I liked the way the lead character, Quint handled situations. He was an unambitious man who had a laidback view of the world. I enjoyed seeing him forced into action. I would have liked a little more resolution to the end of the story simply because I want to know where Quint's life will take him ne ...more
This is the first novel (of five) for D.C. Brod's policeman-turned store detective-turned private investigator Quint McCauley. What sets this novel apart from the run of usual detective stories is the graceful quality of the prose, the tender building of character, and the gritty, compelling setting. I admit I'm prone to like Chicago stories, but more often find greater fault in the detail because I'm partial to and knowledgeable of the city. I admired and enjoyed the atmospheric detail in this ...more
Quint McCauley, head of security at a major Chicago store, has to deal with the wife of the owner, who delights in shop-lifting in her own store. When called into Preston Hauser's office, he thinks it's because of Preston's wife, Diana. However, Preston has been receiving threatening notes, and he wants Quint to investigate, on the QT. Shortly thereafter, Preston drops dead, in Quint's presence, from a poisoned vitamin pill. Quint decided to continue the hunt for the note-sender, and hopefully, ...more
A very decent whodunnit, a classic style story which reminded me of the old tv shows like "Matlock", "Murder, she wrote", "Father Downing", etc. A very likeable main character, extra characters were good too. The only reason I'm not giving it more than three stars is that I had a problem with the dialogues. I don't know whether I just had a faulty copy or something, but I got confused who was saying what when sentences said by two different people were standing side by side in the same paragraph ...more
Nancy Rogan
This is another older mystery and it's a winner. The writing flows smoothly with natural dialogue and there were a few twists along the way. I love the protagonist - an ex-cop turned department store security head. He is funny and smart and very likeable. The only thing that's not appealing about the older mysteries I've been reading is that everybody smokes! Quite a contrast to current writers who seldom (but occasionally) have good guys who smoke. I'll be looking at the library for another one ...more
This book had a very odd tone. It seemed like it wanted to have a noir feel to it, but then the author realized they couldn't pull it off. It was written in 1993, but had more of a 20s to 50s feel to the setting and the characters. It certainly wasn't the most horribly written thing I've ever read, but I found it tough to mesh the tone it seemed to want with the tone it achieved.
Beverly Mccarter
it was an ok read not something I would usually read but, I got through it.U get what U pay for FREE. Not a bad read also not a page turner. I just wanted to know WHO DUN NIT? So my curosity wouldn't let me put it down. Eventho I read 3 books before I finish this one and started this one first.
This book kept me guessing and it took me most of the story to figure out "whodunit". I found myself rooting for McCauley more than once. I will be reading more in this series and any others D.C. Brod writes.
I enjoyed this story. It reminded me of the 1930s/40s detective movies. You could almost hear him as he talked over the action in the movie. I will read more of this series.
This was an easy read. Nothing special, but it kept my interest on the elliptical and made my workouts bearable.
quirky and fun- a lot of characters and motives to keep up with, but I'll probably read another in the series.
There are plenty of murder suspects among the staff and owners of a department store.
Very nice mystery and not predictable. I want to read more from this author.
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DC Brod, author of Getting Lucky, has written fiction most of her life, but didn't think she had a novel in her until she graduated from Nothern Illinois University with an MA in journalism. It was then that she decided if she could spend 120 pages discussing postal oppression of the radical press, she could write a novel. She was right.

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