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The Fala Factor (Toby Peters #9)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews

The year is 1942, and Eleanor Roosevelt is convinced that there is an imposter in the White House masquerading as Fala, FDR’s prized Scottie. Positive that a shady veterinarian has absconded with the genuine pooch, Eleanor turns for help to that much-battered and near penniless private eye: Toby Peters.

Never one to refuse a lady in distress, much less the First Lady, the

Unknown Binding, 174 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by St. Martin's Press
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Doreen Dalesandro
May 04, 2012 Doreen Dalesandro rated it liked it
Really 3.5 stars.
Genre: mystery
I listened to this book.

I am owned by two Cairn Terriers and one terrier mix. I couldn't resist this book! It is a fun read. I enjoyed Stuart M. Kaminsky's humor.

Tom Parker does a great job narrating!
Apr 12, 2016 Barbara rated it liked it
It's 1942 and private detective Toby Peters is hired by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to retrieve the President's beloved pooch Fala. Mrs. Roosevelt believes Fala was snatched and a substitute left in his place. It seems a crackpot rival political party is trying to take over the government and may have kidnapped the dog to throw the President off his stride.

This quirky plot is aided by the usual offbeat characters including Toby's amusing elderly landlady who calls him Mr. Peelers and thinks he
Rob Smith
Nov 10, 2011 Rob Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A fun book full of celebrities in unexpected places. The story itself has an unexpected ending, as convoluted as it may be. The writing style is the best of the reading experience. Lots of well developed characters with clear distinct voices. Tough to do when a writer has so many characters (based on real people or not) milling about.

The story does involve Fala, Roosevelt's dog, but the story involves far more than that and more specifically the main character, Toby Peters, continued lot in life
Christian Devries
Dec 10, 2014 Christian Devries rated it really liked it
Solid murder mystery but nothing fancy.
Erica Lundstrom
Apr 27, 2016 Erica Lundstrom rated it really liked it
The dry humour in this one was rather good.
David Seelye
Jul 30, 2016 David Seelye rated it really liked it
Still funny and enrapting.
Jan 24, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best in the series. Normally character driven with a weak plot, this one nailed both. Bonus: a subplot featuring arch conservatives of their time (think Tea Party, only more civil) trying to "get their country back" - a nice bit of relevance from a decades old book to 2016.
Nov 28, 2007 Graceann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Shelves: mystery
A period mystery with Buster Keaton and Eleanor Roosevelt as characters has to be just a little bit intriguing. This is one of a series featuring famous people in various roles, and it was fun to see how Kaminsky put it all together.
Nov 24, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1942 Hollywood & written in Film Noir style. Tody Peters has been hired by Eleanor Roosevelt to find FDR's prize Scotty Fala. Did Buster Keaton really kidnap the president's dog?
Joe O'c
Aug 16, 2009 Joe O'c rated it it was ok
Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; Eleanor Roosevelt pays a call to ask Toby to track down the President's dog, that has been switched with an impostor and dog-napped
Nov 09, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
I liked the characher Toby Peters and all the great interactions he has with famous people of the time. Fun read but not much in suspense.
Mar 27, 2010 Ed rated it it was ok
Toby Peters w/Eleanor Roosevelt
Feb 13, 2008 Bruce rated it really liked it
Excellent light reading.
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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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