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Poor Butterfly (Toby Peters #15)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A killer terrorizes the San Francisco opera, and Toby Peters may be his next victim
The year 1942 is a bad time to stage "Madama Butterfly." Although Puccini's masterpiece is a perennial favorite of the San Francisco opera crowd, its sympathetic depiction of a Japanese girl causes tension in the dark months following Pearl Harbor. Newspaper editorialists rage against the pr
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Published May 1st 1991 by Mysterious Press (first published 1990)
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It's always fun to watch Toby Peters interact with the great and famous, and usually end up as poor as he was to start with. This caper has him leaving his familiar Los Angeles haunts to travel to San Francisco at Leopold Stokowski's request. The conductor is helping bring opera back to a long-abandoned building, and the production of Madame Butterfly has hit some snags--including murder threats and pickets. After all, Pearl Harbor was only a few months ago. The police think the whole thing is a ...more
Dana Tierney
OK, there is nothing too deep here. But the period detail is amazing and you can't helpbut have some sympathy for Toby Peters; nobody ever believes his account of himself, even though it is generally quite true.

In this one, the Phantom of the Opera takes exception to plans to stage Madame Butterfly in WW2 San Francisco.
Very enjoyable, lighthearted yet interesting mystery. The writing reminds me of Rex Stout, and Toby Peters is akin to Archie, Nero Wolfe's main assistant. All in all, Kaminsky weaves a fun read!
This series is one of my favorite books I listen to while working in the garden. Poor Butterfly didn't disappoint. Toby and his friends uncover the secrets behind the opera killings with their classic organized confusion. It is just plain fun.
Joe O'c
Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; mystery around the opening of an opera as Toby tries to help conductor Leopold Stowkowski out of a jam
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2007.

Stuart M. Kaminsky is author of 50 published novels, 5 biographies, 4 textbooks and 35 short stories. He also has screenwriting credits on four produced films including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, ENEMY TERRITORY, A WOMAN IN THE WIND and HIDDEN FEARS. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has been nomi
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