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Cinderella (Matthew Hope #6)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews

Private detective Otto Samalson sees the tail—a black Toronado he can’t shake. One dark window rolls down, exposing the barrel of a gun, and the detective is dead.

Otto had already known his days were numbered and said as much to his friend, attorney Matthew Hope. Having hired Otto to watch a cheating husband for a client, Matthew is now left with only Otto’s tape recorder,

253 pages
Published by Droemer Knaur (first published January 1st 1986)
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Cathy DuPont
Nov 10, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, Cinderella, another aptly named Matthew Hope series.

During the reading of this book, I've been occupied with other personal matters therefore don't feel like I devoted my entire attention to the book.

It was good as usual but my mind kept wandering and that certainly wasn't the book's fault.

For the sake of fairness then, I'm giving the book four stars when in my foggy mind it's a three. Benefit of the doubt, you know.

Not sure if it all wrapped up...all the loose ends that is, however that
Jan 08, 2015 Henrik rated it liked it
Slow start but quite good the last third of the book. It was funny reading this again after, what?, 20 years?

Read the Danish translation.
Dec 28, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's not quite a 4 star but very close. The book started out kind of slow and was somewhat confusing, but it really got better toward the end of the first third and I ended up liking it a lot.
Number six in the fairy tale mysteries by Ed McBain carries three plot lines that tie together in the end. Interwoven in all is Matthew Hope who is rapidly becoming a criminal lawyer rather than dealing with civil matters. A private investigator and friend of Matthew has been hired to assist with one of Hope's cases and is murdered while working on this case. The death of Otto Samalson is now a very personal matter and Attorney Hope starts investigating on his own.
Aug 08, 2010 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy read. Not terribly compelling, but I picked it up while on vacation and it was perfect for reading on the plane.

I found the chronology of events rather confusing. Even after re-reading several pages, I could never figure out a certain sequence of events but I didn't really care in the long run. The ending was rather weak, but again, this isn't Sherlock Holmes.
If this had been my first McBain novel, I don't know if I would have read the second one. Luckily, it was not my first so I will try again. There was nothing wrong with this one, it just didn't flow as smoothly or hold my interest like Three Blind Mice did. But I have faith in McBain and will move on to The Last Best Hope.
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 20, 2015 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Matthew Hope is in the sack with his ex when he is notified that Otto Samalson has been murdered on Highway 41. Hope investigates as Otto had told him that he, Otto, feared that someone was out to get him. This is a complex novel.
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"Ed McBain" is one of the pen names of American author and screenwriter Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926 – 2005), who legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.

He also used the pen names John Abbott, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, Dean Hu
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