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Beyond the Grave (Elena Oliverez #3)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  11 reviews

The bestselling author of The McCone Files teams up with the creator of the "Nameless Detective" for a collaborative mystery that bridges the San Franciscos of 1894 and 1986. Muller and Pronzini masterfully parallel the investigations of turn-of-the-century detective Quincannon and Chicana amateur sleuth Elena Oliverez.

Paperback, 235 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1986)
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Ed
#2 in the John Quincannon series - #3 in the Elena Oliverez series. An intriguing blend of Bill Pronzini's late 19th century private detective and Marcia Muller's contemporary museum director. Some treasured artifacts were lost during Califirnia's Bear Flag Rebellion in 1846. In 1894, Quincannon is hired by the descendant of the original owner to track them down after one is found in a pawn shop. In 1986, Oliverez discovers part of Quincannon's report in an antique chest she has purchased for he ...more
Robert Beveridge
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, Beyond the Grave (Carroll and Graf, 1986)

Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini team up for a novel that takes place in two times focusing on the same mystery. Elena Oliverez, in the present day, accidentally stumbles upon a piece of the report of one Detective Quincannon, hired to find the stolen treasures of a Mexican ranchero in the 1890s. As Oliverez gets absorbed in Quincannon's story, she finds herself looking to solve the mystery Quincannon wasn't able to uncover
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Cecilia Rodriguez
The plot switches between 1986 and 1894 using John Quincannon's notes that are hidden inside a marriage casket.

Elena is far more intresting than John and is more belivable.
LJ
BEYOND THE GRAVE - Okay
Muller, Marica and Bill Pronzini - 2nd in series

The bestselling author of The McCone Files teams up with the creator of the "Nameless Detective" for a collaborative mystery that bridges the San Franciscos of 1894 and 1986. Muller and Pronzini masterfully parallel the investigations of turn-of-the-century detective Quincannon and Chicana amateur sleuth Elena Oliverez.

I love the work of both authors individually, but this just not work for me.
joyce
Jun 02, 2013 joyce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: CA historical mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy reading books that take place in California, that are historical mysteries, but not always ones that skip back & forth in time. However, the "Mulzinis" carry this off with style. Nicely captures the period of time when California was leaving the Mexican rule and heading toward John Fremont & the United States.
Kim
One of the few books I've reread because it's my favorite category in general: Mystery,
and it involves 'time travel'.
Definitely in my 'top ten'
Kirsty Darbyshire

I read this several years back and I'm just having a bit of a reread for a mailing list discussion of the book.

Michele
Aug 26, 2007 Michele rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: corrine
Shelves: suspensemystery
she writes this one with her husband also, but it was much better than The Lighthouse - the flashback idea helped a lot
Donna Marie
excellent, I loved the background history about the California Mission era and history of Santa Barbara.
Roberta
She's better on her own.
Helen
must look for more Quincannon
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A native of the Detroit area, Marcia Muller grew up in a house full of books and self-published three copies of her first novel at age twelve, a tale about her dog complete with primitive illustrations. The "reviews" were generally positive.

In the early 1970s, having moved to California, Muller found herself unemployable and began experimenting with mystery novels.

In the ensuing thirty-some years,
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