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Boston Cream (Jonah Geller #3)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Canada's top private eye is back as Jonah Geller resumes his vagabond ways in Boston Cream, the Vintage World of Crime trade paperback original and sequel to the Arthur Ellis-winning novels Buffalo Jump and High Chicago.

David Fine is not the kind of guy to go missing. Or so his father tells PI Jonah Geller. A brilliant young surgeon-in-training, devout, devoted to his pare
ebook, 199 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Vintage Canada (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 10, 2013 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Enjoyed this until it just became all about violence in the later chapters.
Feb 03, 2012 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I can't lie, I was really looking forward to Boston Cream since reading the second Jonah Geller. I'm a sucker for a good mystery series, and I love that Jonah Geller's home base is Toronto and he lives in Riverdale, no less!

The third installment in the series takes Jonah to Boston, where he investigates the disappearance of a young surgeon. He's quickly thrown into the world of organized crime relating to the medical world (I won't give away too much of the plot here). Jonah is also battling a h
Toni Osborne
Mar 19, 2014 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3, in the Jonah Geller Mystery

This is a series that is getting better has it moves along. I admit not having read it in sequel but having done so did not remove any of my enjoyment. Each plot is rooted from real events that made the headlines at one time or another. I am a huge fan of mystery series and the Jonah Geller series is high on my preferred list.

“Boston Cream” takes Jonah to Boston where he investigates the disappearance of David Fine, a young surgeon and a transplant specialist.
Apr 19, 2014 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads

Overall, this book was a disappointment to me. I do like PI books, but I wasn’t impressed with Jonah Gellar’s investigative skills. Mostly it seemed that when the chips were down, he got into some kind of physical brawl or called in his handy dandy (now retired) hit man, Dante Ryan. The book dealt with organ transplants, and the plot was quite interesting until Jonah's partner, Jenn, was abducted. Making it personal took away from the narrative. I was irritated by Shrier focusing on h
Feb 21, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like a fast ride and don't mind a sleepless night, then you'll enjoy this gritty, action-packed PI thriller. Shrier's characters are solid and unique, the dialogue seamless and witty. He pays careful attention to details of location and ethnicity, and structures his plot around the intriguing and controversial subject of illegal organ transplants. An entertaining and thought-provoking read.
Dennis Fischman
Nov 02, 2013 Dennis Fischman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Loved the Boston and Jewish details. Hated the senseless amount of death. On a second reading, I enjoyed the sarcastic dialogue, too, and the relationships between Jonah, Jenn, and Giulio. I will read more of this series. But I still think the number of dead bodies is inordinate.
Aug 11, 2012 Anie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Candian private invetigator in Boston. Lots of violence. More violence than substance. Don't think I'll bother with this author again.
Feb 25, 2012 judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Ho hum. Closed it on page 233 because I simply didn't care anymore.
Mar 02, 2012 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonah is an interesting character, but I don't think I would hire him as a PI. His unsuccessful mission in Boston becomes mostly about gunplay
Luanne Ollivier
Feb 13, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boston Cream is Howard Shrier's third novel featuring PI Jonah Geller, but a first read of this Arthur Ellis award winning Canadian author for me. It definitely won't be the last.

Geller is just back to work, still feeling the effects of a severe concussion, earned on his last case. If Ron Fine wasn't a family friend, he would have turned him down. Ron hasn't heard from his son in almost two weeks and it's unlike David to not be in touch with his family or miss work - he's a highly skilled surgeo
Teena in Toronto
Oct 18, 2014 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
Jonah Geller is a private investigator in Toronto. He gets hired by David Fine's parents, who live in Toronto, to find their son, a surgeon-in-training in Boston. Jonah and his partner, Jenn, head to Boston to see what happened to David.

Disappearing is not characteristic of David, who is studious and serious. In searching his apartment, Jonah discovers books on how to play poker, history on David's computer that he's played on poker sites and $5000 in cash. As Jonah continues to dig, he discove
Gloria Feit
Jun 10, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two novels in this series featuring Jonah Geller, a Jewish PI from Toronto, were award winners. Although I haven’t read them, I can see why after finishing the present volume.

The plot is about an illegal organ transplanting operation in Boston. Jonah is retained by the father of David Fine, an outstanding surgical resident to the top transplant surgeon at Sinai Hospital in Beantown. It seems he hasn’t been heard from, and the father asks Jonah to try to locate him and find out why. Jon
Jonah Geller suffered a head injury in the previous book High Chicago, and is still suffering its' effects. A family friend asks Jonah to find his missing surgeon son in Boston, and Jonah dutifully accepts the case, though he's really in no condition to do so. While in Boston, Jonah's friend and partner Jenn is kidnapped and he has to call in former hitman Dante Ryan to help find David Fine and rescue Jenn. I found the story sagged a bit in the middle, just before Ryan was called in, but perhaps ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Howard Shrier's books just seem to get better and better and Boston Cream is no exception to that rule! Like most series they are better read in order and I think that's really required here to get a proper understanding of Dante Ryan a character that I must admit I really look forward to in these books. And the ending was wild and sounds like another thriller movie! I notice other reviewers remarking on the resemblance of Jonah Geller to Parker's Spenser and I agree except I think I like Jonah ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The PI is a tough as nails guy, lives in Toronto, has a girl partner whom he cares deeply for and is the knight in oh so slightly dented armor coming to rescue those of us who the police can't or won't help.
This book is a crime noir mystery that reminds me a lot of Mr. R Parker's man Spenser. But that's not a bad thing. Since Mr. Parker's untimely death I have missed "being" with Spenser. And now here is Jonah Geller who happens to catch a case that sends he and his partner to Boston USA. The
Amy Paget
Boston Cream is the third novel in a mystery series by Canadian writer, Howard Shrier. All three books including High Chicago and Buffalo Jump feature the antics of secular Jewish private detective, Jonah Geller. As I enjoy mysteries with rich settings, I was attracted by the title, seeking to see if it was similar to the Noir series. Quirky, and sometimes violent, Shrier comes by his crime knowledge via a career as a Montreal crime reporter, so the police procedural elements in Boston Cream rin ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning took me a while to get into, I had to start and stop several times and not for a lack of opportunity to read. Eventually it picked up after all the details were established and the case got going it kept my interest.

I will say I am not happy about Jen's storyline but if it means another appearance by Dante Ryan then it's hard for me not to get excited. I am also very disappointed at the authors use of Jen in this book, she really doesn't get any credit for the type of strong charac
Jan 05, 2013 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canadian
Third in the series, which I have quite enjoyed. The books are more violent than I usually read, but the violence is not without consequences as private investigator Jonah Geller struggles morally with his partly unwilling involvement. In this case, Jonah is asked to find a missing orthodox Jewish medical resident. The explanation also raises moral issues.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Third in a series of gripping noir crime novels set in Toronto, and this time Boston, featuring a likeable and unusual detective with an engaging supporting cast and an unexpected plot reflecting the Jewish background of the detective and his case.
Brian Leclair
Sep 09, 2014 Brian Leclair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another interesting yarn by Shrier and Jonah Geller!
Jul 15, 2013 Amie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series! I can't wait to start Miss Montreal, but once I am done that, I have to wait for him to write a new one. :(
Jill Edmondson
Apr 18, 2012 Jill Edmondson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this!
Jan 28, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual blood and guts, but some interesting variations on background.
Entertaining. This book is the third in a series about a Toronto based Private detective, in this book investigating the disappearance of a Boston doctor.
Ann-marie Michocki
Again, Jonah Geller is an engaging character ! I can't wait to see what is in store next!
Maria Guzman
May 05, 2012 Maria Guzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing I didn't like about this book is the title. It does not do justice to the book.
Kyla Squires
What are you doing!? Call the police!
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Award-winning author Howard Shrier was born and raised in Montreal, where he earned an Honours Degree in Journalism and Creative Writing at Concordia University. Since then he has worked in a wide variety of media, including print, magazine and radio journalism, theatre and television, sketch comedy and improv. He has also been a senior communications advisor to government agencies. He now lives i ...more
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