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This little book has perfectly melded history and mystery into a great read. Set in New York City in the last decade of the 19th century it has all the elements of the time......Tammany Hall, the financial panic of that decade, Mrs. Astor's 400, and kept women. How can you top that? The author captures to perfection the ambiance of the Gilded Age and then throws in a murder for good measure. The story is well researched and the protagonists are clearly drawn. A very entertaining book for the his ...more
3.5 As has always been the case, Soos' obsession with the period makes for fun and informational reading. I enjoyed the story here, yet the ending felt lazy, and the need to tie resolution of many concurrent issues to a single set of protagonists just plain silly - a simple fact-based epilogue, outside the scope of the character storyline, would much better serve the purpose.
There was a lot of interesting historical details in the book, and several intricate plot lines to follow, but I kept waiting for something exciting and suspenseful to happen, since this is a mystery. It was really boring, and the way it all turned out was somewhat predictable, and all the story's loose ends were pulled together in literally a page and a half.
I enjoyed Troy Soos' characterizations og the late 19th century. Soos has an inate ability to transport the reader to the period with excellent research and writing skills. I believe I could research as well, however Soos has the ability to create the era with clear precise words. Bravo.
Troy Soos is a writer and teacher based in Winter Park, Florida. Soos is best known for his "Mickey Rawlings" series of historical baseball novels (seven books set from 1912 to 1923). He also authored a four-book historical mystery series set in 1890s New York featuring Marshall Webb and Rebecca Davies. Soos has written a nonfiction history of early New England baseball history, "Before the Curse, ...moreMore about Troy Soos...
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