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A Connecticut Yankee in Criminal Court (Mark Twain Mysteries #2)

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Here is the exciting new historical adventure featuring Mark Twain, Detective, by the author of Death on the Mississippi. Peter J. Heck gives new life to the legend of Mark Twain as he sends the grizzled-but-goodhearted scribe and his secretary on adventures worthy of Twain's fiction.
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Berkley Hardcover
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Mark
It's difficult for me to define what I look for in a book. And what I want in a piece of fiction is different, of course, from what I want in the nonfiction I read. But there are a few preferences I have, and there are also things an author can use that will get my attention every damn time. I like mysteries. A lot. And within that genre, I have a definite weakness for historical mysteries. As a free plug, let me just say that the Berkley Prime Crime imprint has some very good historical mysteri ...more
Jan C
This is a light series featuring Samuel Clemens and his secretary/companion Wentworth Cabot. Clemends is on a speaking tour. I think the first book he was lecturing going down the Mississippi River. In this one they have landed in New Orleans and meet with local writer George Washington Cable. He presents them with a mystery. A local politician was recently murdered and a young black man, the man's cook, has been charged with the murder. He had recently had a falling out with his employer so he ...more
Patty
This is second in the series, and builds upon the premise established in Death on the Mississippi with young Mr. Cabot acting as the eyes and muscle to Sam Clemens/Mark Twain's brain. It's not quite Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe, but the characters are fun and work well together. I am not a huge fan of taking a historical figure and turning them into an amateur detective, but this series does a nice job blending into the known facts of Twain's life, and the N'Orleans setting was amusing, too.
Natalie Williams
If you're a lover of Mark Twain and mysteries, then you've hit the veritable jackpot of the best of both worlds, pilgrim! Heck takes pains to reproduce the style of Twain's manner, the historical references of the time, and even introduces others, like Kipling, to the mix! I've enjoyed this series immensely, though I don't think I've but two left to read of five.

Heck's a Sci Fi writer as well, so I plan to check that out too!
Jen
Mark Twain has the makings of a fine solver of mysteries. The book started out promising with its characterizations of Twain, his traveling secretary, and 1890's New Orleans, but then it stalled and became kind of dull. It did perk up somewhat towards the end, but that desert of boring in the middle almost made me give it up and read something else. Maybe the first book in the series was better.
Rey Dekker
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Peter Jewell Heck (born Chestertown, Maryland) is an American science fiction and mystery author. His books include the "Mark Twain Mysteries"—historical whodunits featuring the famous author as a detective—and the "Phule's Company" series, in collaboration with Robert Asprin, best described as "F-Troop in space".

Heck has also been an editor at Ace Books (where he edited Lynn S. Hightower and Robe
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Other Books in the Series

Mark Twain Mysteries (6 books)
  • Death on the Mississippi (Mark Twain Mysteries, #1)
  • The Prince and the Prosecutor (Mark Twain Mysteries, #3)
  • The Guilty Abroad (Mark Twain Mysteries, #4)
  • The Mysterious Strangler (Mark Twain Mysteries, #5)
  • Tom's Lawyer (Mark Twain Mysteries, #6)
Death on the Mississippi (Mark Twain Mysteries, #1) The Prince and the Prosecutor (Mark Twain Mysteries, #3) The Mysterious Strangler (Mark Twain Mysteries, #5) The Guilty Abroad (Mark Twain Mysteries, #4) Tom's Lawyer (Mark Twain Mysteries, #6)

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