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A Fatal Glass of Beer (Toby Peters #20)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
What an amazing--and not famous enough by half--mystery writer Stuart M. Kaminsky is! By last count, he has been doing excellent work in three very different series: his sad and pungent books about Russian detective Porfiry Petrovich (Blood and Rubles, etc.); his gritty, poignant stories about aging Chicago cop Abe Lieberman (starting with Lieberman's Day); and his richly- ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Mysterious Press
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Mary Newcomb
Some time ago I learned the tale about W.C. Fields and his bank accounts, mostly under pseudonyms, across the country. This mystery is a great story about his efforts to redeem the money. Once again Toby Peters saves the day and learns all, the advances in his personal life aren't too shabby either.

Nov 20, 2013 Ronn rated it really liked it
I had actually thought that this was the last book in the Toby Peters series; I was surprised to learn here that there are still four more. I will probably seek them out, but not with any sense of urgency, as the character seemed to be becoming played out in the books right before this one.

Still, I was quite pleasantly pleased at how much I enjoyed this book, more than any since You Bet Your Life. WC Fields made for excellent client material. Kaminsky's taking Peters and Fields back to Philadelp
Jun 06, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
A fun romp through the 40s and the American midwest. I chose it for the WC Fields character and was very glad I did this as an audiobook. The reader did an impeccable job of getting the voice of Fields without going over the top.
A fun caper, sharp wit, and plenty of surprises.
Oct 29, 2011 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. What a kooky premise! W.C.Fields takes Toby Peters on a chase around the country to try to outfox a thief. Great historical references and a different side of a well-known star of his time.
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Very Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; Toby travels cross country with W C Fields to track down a thief who is raiding bank accounts of Fields in various banks.
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Good writing, a little strange. It will be awhile until I read another of this series.
Jan 25, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it
This is the perfect audiobook read. It gives the reader a chance to do endless variations on his WC Fields impression.
Jan 30, 2013 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Perhaps my favorite Tony Peters novel. Hilarious.
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Toby Peters w/ W.C. Fields A bit crazy as you might expect with Fields as a character in the plot.
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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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