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Poor, Poor Ophelia (Al Krug and Casey Kellogg #1)

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It’s the turbulent 1970s, a time of social upheaval. The generation gap has never seemed so wide and perilous, especially for veteran Santa Monica homicide detective Al Krug and his new partner, university-educated ex-surfer Casey Kellog, the youngest detective on the force. A woman’s cor
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Published February 2nd 2015 by Brash Books; 1 edition (first published 1972)
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Sep 14, 2016 Col rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w, 2015


It's the turbulent 1970s, a time of social upheaval. The generation gap has never seemed so wide and perilous, especially for veteran Santa Monica homicide detective Al Krug and his new partner, university-educated ex-surfer Casey Kellog, the youngest detective on the force. A woman's corpse is found floating in the bay with a law firm's business card, sealed in plastic, strung around her neck
Mar 13, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was used as the basis for the pilot episode of the 1970's tv cop show The Streets of San Francisco. I had made the mistake of watching the very episode on a couple of weeks to acquiring the book, so while the mystery was removed from story for me, I was able to see clearly the subtle clues as they were presented.

The biggest difference between book and show is the setting, moved from Santa Monica to San Francisco. While the biggest difference in characters, aside from their change of n
Sarah Sammis
May 11, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
Sometimes acquiring a book to read is as much an odyssey as the act of reading. KOFY, my favorite local TV station prides itself on showing retro television. My current favorite of their retro series is The Streets of San Francisco which ran from 1972-7. I can remember watching it with my grandparents. I thought the detectives' car was funny because they had to stick the siren on their roof when they needed it.

In rewatching the show I kept noticing a "based on the novel by Carolyn Weston" in the

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Despite many reviews posted here, I didn't enjoyed so much this book.

In my humble opinion, the narrative is quite confused and the plot does not flow as expected for a crime fiction.

In summary, this book is not so appealing as it seems.
Philip Bailey
Mar 05, 2015 Philip Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-crafted who done it taking readers up and down the slippery slope of veteran know it all detective and his junior partner. In true old cop style the focus quickly lands on one suspect and with true old cop tunnel vision there are no other candidates to investigate just tail ‘em and nail ‘em. End of story. Enter young partner and his “what if” theories. An excellent story told in a refreshing style, no super heroes leaping tall buildings, no descriptive sexual scenes and even minimal ...more
Nanette Tredoux
Jun 16, 2016 Nanette Tredoux rated it really liked it
I never saw the TV-series that was based on this book, so it was all new to me. New, even though amusingly retro, being set in the 1970s. A classic murder-detective story, written with an assured and competent hand. The characters are vivid and consistent, the storyline tense, and there is just enough detail to bring the era back to life. As escapist fiction, it is very effective. I shall be reading more by this author.
Frances I. Guempel
Nov 03, 2016 Frances I. Guempel rated it really liked it
Murder Mystery

The two detectives are the opposite s of each other. Story plays well between the two. Enjoyed the way they solved the mystery and the characters they met on the way. Will definitely buy next book in series!
Mar 10, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Carolyn Weston wrote just six novels that I’m aware of, including three 1970s police procedural-thrillers starring the detective odd couple Al Krug and Casey Kellogg. As the cover points out, this novel inspired the ABC-TV procedural The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977). The TV show starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, though it renamed the protagonists and traded Santa Monica for the Bay area. Weston’s writing has fallen into obscurity since, and her passing in 2001 seemed to herald an ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice period piece
When the body of a young woman is found floating in the bay off Santa Monica, it’s all in the day’s work for veteran detective Al Krug. For his young new partner Casey Kellogg, though, it’s an opportunity to show Al and the other old-timers that a “college boy cop” has what it takes to be a good detective. The only clue to the woman’s identity is a local attorney’s business card in a waterproof case around her neck. Attorney David Farr identifies the woman as someone he had da
Nancy Silk
Jun 05, 2015 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing
"A Stunning Novel Which Gave Birth to 'Streets of San Francisco' TV Series"

This novel was written excellently by Author Carolyn Weston back in the '70s. It was the story which brought success to TV Series, "Streets of San Francisco" staring Karl Maldan and Michael Douglas. It was one of my favorite shows back in the days. Society back then changed because of the widening generation gap, bringing groups of druggies, homeless, and misguided youth. It's a rough time for Santa Monica homicide detec
Dec 21, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Drowned Girl and the Attorney Suspect

Detective Sargent Krug and his young partner, Casey Kellogg, of the Santa Monica Police Department, are assigned the case of a young girl found in the bay, but it's not a simple drowning. The autopsy reveals that she was severely beaten before being dumped in the bay and there are needle marks on her arms. Suspicion falls on a young attorney, David Farr. He had befriended the girl and spent a weekend with her.

Krug likes Farr for the killer and sets out to
Feb 22, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
"Poor, Poor Ophelia" was originally published in 1972 and is the first of a series of three books by Carolyn Weston. Although set in Santa Monica, California, these books were the basis of the classic television series, "The Streets of San Francisco."

Some of the language and situations in the book are dated, but the plot about the death of a young woman is still relevant today. The main characters are the veteran, somewhat cynical, homicide detective Al Krug and his new partner, college-educate
Frederic Fovet
Oct 16, 2013 Frederic Fovet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivated by the story (and history) behind this book: the 1972 novel that inspired the famous TV series The Streets of San Francisco... and yet so little known!
Fascinated also by the author`s bio:
'Carolyn Weston grew up in Hollywood during the Depression. Hollywood Boulevard was the scene of her truancies; movie houses her refuge; the public library another. She spent the Second World War working in an aircraft plant and afterwards gypsied around the country, working at anything and everything
Nov 26, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it
The thriller that was the basis for the pilot of the TV series The Streets of San Francisco.

Detective Sgt Al Krug and his partner, young Casey Kellogg. With the Santa Monica police, catch a case of a young girl, about twenty, found dead, her body savagely beaten revealed by autopsy. One of a pair of twins, her brother is missing and a lawyer named David J. Farr is tied in some way.

Krug likes him for the murder as he keeps stonewalling the two cops, revealing a bit more with each interview. He'd
Feb 04, 2016 Chazzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was drawn to the book by the author's bio blurb. Glad I was.

I enjoyed this book and have looked and found there are other titles by her. I hope to get them and read them.

The team of Old-style cop Krug and new-style cop Kellog work well together solving this bizaar murder. Going back to the Santa Monica and Venice of the 70s is a trip. With all the twists and turns that suddenly appear, the reader does need to pay attention.

There is tension, distractions and clues that have to be sussed out alo
Dec 19, 2014 Marjorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given To Me For An Honest Review

Poor, Poor Ophelia by Carolyn Weston is the book that was the pilot of the hit TV series, Streets of San Francisco. It is about two detectives, Sgt. Al Krug and Casey Kellog who get the case of a young girl found dead, her brother is missing and it is believed that a lawyer is some way involved. Krug and Kellegg plug along checking information and evidence. Slowly a picture begins to emerge. Who killed the girl? Will they find the missing brother? Was the lawyer i
Jay Williams
Dec 29, 2014 Jay Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This detective novel has it all: the jaded old veteran and the educated young rookie, detailed descriptions of the LA area that are like pictures, interesting and weird characters, and a plot full of twists and turns. It doesn't take long to get caught up in the story, but you keep getting more and more engrossed until you can't set the book down. In the end, all the pieces tie together to provide a satisfying but thought-provoking solution. The descriptions were spot-on, and brought me back to ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Carlin added it
Shelves: on-kindle
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a classic detective story on which the TV show Streets of San Francisco was based in the early '70s. It reminded me of the old Ed McBain detective procedural's except the characters in this one were more fully developed, especially the rookie cop Casey Kellogg. Casey, a rookie, was partnered with Krug, the older, hard-boiled detective that only sees cases in black and white. Casey has a more intuitive style, reaches conclusions much faster but also has to piece ...more
Black Butterfly
Oct 29, 2015 Black Butterfly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ADULT
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Kate S
Nov 22, 2015 Kate S rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, nook, brighid
I got this as a free ebook.

It may not actually deserve 2 stars; it wasn't a bad book. This was a comfortable 1970s mystery. There was a crime, a couple of police officers, some suspects, a few red herrings, some subtle clues and a big bow tying up the whole thing. I didn't think there was anything particularly special about this mystery nor did I feel a strong connection to any of the characters.
Jun 27, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al Krug is a really annoying character who likes nothing more than dissing any suggestions his partner Casey Kellogg comes up with - their relationship isn't great but Casey persists and gets to the bottom of the murders. Of course Al takes the credit in the end .... I enjoyed this tale and getting to know the characters. On to the next one!
Oct 26, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
There was a lot I really loved about this book, but I think my favorite thing was the well-crafted and believable characters. Or maybe it was the authenticity of the setting. At any rate, kudos to Brash books for publishing this long out of print series. (And can't wait to see the continuation of it from Robin Burcell.)
Candice Ellis
Nov 12, 2015 Candice Ellis rated it really liked it
Interesting story

The book is well-written and a easy read. The story development had a lot of twists and turns. The author did a great job of explaining what the characters are thinking which made it an easy read.
Apr 24, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I liked the place/history of policing in California in the 1970s and enjoyed how it enhanced the story. It was a pretty good plot and it held together until the ending. I didn't enjoy how it wrapped up; it was a bit too "pat". I would read another by this author.
Ricky Kimsey
Oct 30, 2015 Ricky Kimsey rated it it was amazing
Basis For A TV Classic

Back in the 70s one of my favorite shows was The Streets of San Francisco that starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. This novel is the basis for that TV classic.
This book is the basis for the TV show "The Streets of San Francisco". If you are familiar with the series (I've been watching them lately on dvd), you'll recognize the book as the plot of one of the TV episodes. That's why I didn't finish it - too familiar!
Dee Cash
Oct 23, 2015 Dee Cash rated it liked it
Not Enough Detail

I guess the book is worth reading but I feel it left out a lot of detail. Not a single character was looked at in depth. I feel I didn't get to know anyone in the entire book even though I have finished it.
Harry Lane
Nov 02, 2015 Harry Lane rated it liked it
Mismatched police partners can't agree on whether a person of interest is a witness or a participant in murder. The tension between them - old schools vs. new breed - drives the story almost as much as the police work. Nice crash bang ending.
Oct 30, 2015 Dmanuck rated it liked it
Slow to get into.

Last 100 pages good ....felt bad for way other detectives treated Casey, who was just trying to do his job and the right thing
Howard Katzoff
Oct 12, 2015 Howard Katzoff rated it it was amazing
Great book

A very absorbing story about two policemen and a psychopath. There are twists and turns that keep the story flowing. Very interesting.
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