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Detroit Shuffle (Will Anderson #4)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume get caught up in the political turmoil over women's suffrage in Detroit Shuffle, the fourth book in D. E. Johnson's critically acclaimed 1910s Detroit series

Will Anderson inadvertently breaks up a key suffrage rally when he thwarts a gunman set on killing his lover, Elizabeth Hume. No one else saw the man, and Elizabeth believes he hallucin
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published September 1st 2013)
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Anne Harm
Mar 11, 2014 Anne Harm rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It'd been awhile since I read a mystery, but this was the selection for the WDET book club (NPR station in Detroit) -- so I began in earnest. (In fact I'd voted for it, based on the on-air author interview and reading a little about it.) I got into the story pretty quickly and looked forward to visiting, during my next reading session. I still ask myself what I may have missed, and want to go over it again, because the layers of meaning and significance are clearly appa ...more
Liz Crowe
Nov 12, 2014 Liz Crowe rated it it was amazing

Back to Basics for Will & Elizabeth, October 16, 2014
By Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe "Beer WenchA2" (Ann Arbor MI)

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This most recent book in Mr. Johnson's "Detroit Mysteries" series gets back to what I loved about his original book (The Detroit Electric Scheme). It's a story of one man's struggle to cope with how the world around him is changing, many times so rapidly he has a hard time keepin
Michelle McGill-Vargas
Nov 18, 2013 Michelle McGill-Vargas rated it it was amazing
If this was the last of D.E. Johnson's Will Anderson series, it was a fitting end. I have enjoyed this character's evolution through the series and was glad he was able to redeem himself through Elizabeth, and eventually his old friend, Wesley McRae. There were lots of plot twists and an abundance of humor in this latest installment of these Detroit mysteries. Everything that was set up in the previous books resurface in this one. While people and incidents from the earlier books are mentioned, ...more
Ironical Dins
Oct 16, 2013 Ironical Dins rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway posted by the author.

There were a few things that first intrigued me about this book. First, I'm from the same area, and there are a lot of great possibilities for historical fiction about this area. Second, it was historical fiction, which I love. Finally, the summary of the book indicated it would focus on women's suffrage, which I thought would be interesting to read about since I've never really heard about this topic in the context of Detr
Colleen Estep
Sep 28, 2013 Colleen Estep rated it it was amazing
"Detroit Shuffle" is a great look at 1912 Detroit. The beautiful
Elizabeth Hume is fighting for equal rights for women, and this does not endear her to the powers that be that run the city. Someone want to kill Elizabeth and stop the movement from gaining women the right to vote.
All Will Anderson wants to do is keep the woman he has loved since their school days safe. The bad thing is that neither Elizabeth or the police believe their is a threat. In fact, everyone believes that Will is imagin
Mar 14, 2014 Annette rated it liked it
I don't usually choose crime stories; this was the initial choice of Detroit public-radio's book club. So while I didn't love it overall, I did enjoy all the period references to Detroit in the early 20th Century, from clothing to transportation to lifestyle. A couple of the secondary characters are a hoot, and the look at the suffrage movement is interesting.
Sarah Alawami
Mar 05, 2015 Sarah Alawami rated it it was amazing
Once again the author does a good job in the history department. I love the plot and wonder if the series will continue. Will reminds me of some people I know, myself included who are strong headed and want to see something done and done right. I'm surprised at how the book ended though.
Mar 19, 2014 Neillsusan1 rated it liked it
I discovered this book through the Detroit NPR station book club. It's my first read by the author. Took me awhile to get into it, but the story proved engaging, and the historical Detroit references were fun. I may check out other works by this author.
Amy Stergar
I really enjoyed this one. Good, rich history of Detroit, especially being a Michigander myself. The mystery and plot were great and lots of humor in the story as well. Wish I had known this wasn't the "first book" in the series beforehand! Oh well! Good mystery anyways.
Detroit Shuffle by D.E. Johnson. D.E. Johnson is quite an author. His book, the fourth in the series, is set in the early 1900's Detroit. Alot of places are familiar to me having lived in a suburb of Detroit for a number of years. His twists and turns and events as he tries to find a killer before they kill his intended who is active in suffragette movement. It's action filled and has some humor, too. Some of the characters are not really very well blown, and for me, the romance is a bit "too to ...more
Paul Robinson
Oct 20, 2013 Paul Robinson rated it it was amazing
The best in the Will Anderson series yet! Changes to the protagonist show a clearly developing arc - Will is no longer just the son of an early Detroit electric car manufacturer on the wrong side of the tracks, he's found his footing and navigates the back alleys and shady dealings of early Detroit with a lot more confidence.

Also, besides a crackerjack suffragette/Big Liquor/city hall main plot, there's development of all the characters in this book, and more than a smattering of unexpected humo
May 06, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing
The newest book in the "Detroit" series. I have enjoyed them all. Detroit was interesting during the 1910-1920. (and corrupt)
Rob Sligh
Sep 08, 2013 Rob Sligh rated it really liked it
Detroit Shuffle is D.E. Johnson’s fourth in a series set in early 20th century Detroit. It's a riveting adventure with plot twists and turns that makes us feel like we are right there in the Motor City during the lead-up to the infamous 1912 election to decide women's suffrage in Michigan. His protagonist, amateur sleuth Will Anderson is the wayward son of the Detroit Electric car company owner. As he sets out to protect his long-time girlfriend and suffragette Elizabeth Hume, Will runs headlong ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, detroit
This is not one of Johnston's best books. The plot is too convoluted. The good cop is questionable in this book. Will and Elizabeth are finally back together, but Will thinks that Elizabeth is in danger. Even though she has body guards to protect her as she tries to get the amendment for women's vote. The backers of the women's vote including Jane Adams come to Detroit to try to get the amendment to pass. The best parts of Johnson's books are always to view into old Detroit.
Laura Lee
Sep 25, 2013 Laura Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Someone hire Will Anderson! He makes a great detective, even tho he seems stuck behind a desk, doing jobs he's just not cut out to do. Detroit in 1910s. Fun atmosphere, detailed writing. Will, telling his own story, seems mixed up in all things bad. Luckily, he has a classy rich girlfriend, who sometimes keeps him out of trouble. Fast paced, good mystery and I enjoyed it very much. Will read other books in the series.
Dec 01, 2013 TJ rated it really liked it
I highly recommend taking the time to read this set of books. Johnson's character building and historical research really shine throughout the entire series. I usually struggle more in connecting to male characters, but Will Anderson pulled me in from the very beginning. If you're a fan of mystery, historical fiction, or Michigan fiction this entire series is a must read.

I received my copy from a goodreads giveaway.
Aug 16, 2015 Gayle rated it liked it
Read the book as part of WDET's listener book club. It started out slow & I had trouble getting in to it but I ended up really enjoying the book. It was fun to read a book set in my backyard & check out historical photos & articles from the time period and drive by some of the settings today.
Jun 23, 2014 J.R. rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! The setting was incredible. The story intriguing and the characters as three dimensional as they come. Thank you D.E. Johnson for another great read. Looking forward to your next book!!!
Dave Moyer
Dec 01, 2013 Dave Moyer rated it liked it
Mostly typical crime novel. The hero tries to stave off the execution of a women's rights activist. The motive is thought to center more on prohibition than anything else until complications lead to a surprise ending.
Sep 14, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it
Best of the series. Not a fast read.
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D.E. (Dan) Johnson is the author of the Detroit-based Will Anderson historical mystery series, which includes The Detroit Electric Scheme (2010), Motor City Shakedown (2011), Detroit Breakdown (2012), and Detroit Shuffle (2013).

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