The Edge of Ruin: An Emily Weiss Mystery
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The Edge of Ruin: An Emily Weiss Mystery (Emily Daggett Weiss #1)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  13 reviews
During the very early days of silent movies, a murder during filming threatens the lives of two independent film producers in this thrilling historical mystery


One day in 1909, Emily Weiss’s handsome and successful new husband, Adam, returns to their well-appointed Philadelphia home to tell her he’s sold everything they own, and they are going to New York to become independ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Tara Chevrestt
This was all right.. It's a decent mystery though I wasn't on the edge of my seat. It's the early 1900s and Emily's husband suddenly declares he is no longer going to SHOW movies in the theater, he's going to make them instead. He sells everything they own and all of Emily's jewelry and furs (but nothing of his own) and they move to New York to make four movies in about two weeks.

Now this was the interesting stuff. I enjoyed the movie making, the casting, the details of how movies were made bac...more
Phair
A light little historical mystery set in the very early days of the movie biz in New Jersey as a brand new movie company (composed of a husband and his understanding wife, an ex-stage actress) tries to make a go of it by completing four- count 'em- four films in two weeks while outwitting agents sent by Edison's company to enforce his patents and squash competition. It's all very melodramatic as befits the style of movies at the time. Lots of broad gestures and little subtlety. Still, it was pl...more
Cheryl
The year was 1909.

Emily Weiss was sitting at home, when her husband, Adam walked in and made a big announcement. One that would change their lives forever. He tells Emily that they are moving to New York. He plans to make a movie.

Emily and Adam decide to make a Western titled Revenge in the Saddle. It features an eccentric cast of characters from Indians, who have no acting experience to Vera Zinovia, a famous diva, Fast-handed Bob, who can’t keep his hands off the bottle, Erno Berg, the sexy...more
Alden
While certainly a fun read, full of colorful characters, it was by no means a mind blowing book. Still worth a read though! It offers an interesting look into the origins of the movie industry, and the dangers of being an independent film maker with Edison's Trust Detectives prowling about. And the mystery certainly kept me guessing. So, if you're looking for a quick, fun read, I'd recommend this one.
Lauren
It’s 1909, Thomas Edison is doing everything in his power to shut down independent filmmakers, and Emily Weiss’ husband has decided to sell everything and become an independent filmmaker. They are on schedule to complete four films in two weeks when one of Edison’s detectives is murdered on the set. Emily’s husband is arrested, and it’s up to her to save the day. This is a quirky murder mystery in the vein of an old Hollywood film, and I loved it. Admittedly, if I think too hard about this book,...more
Kathy Moberg
Two stars means it was OK, and that about sums this one up. It's cute. It's fluffy. It moves right along in an amusingly manic way, and the heroine is very, very spunky. But nonetheless, the mystery is just OK. I was really in the mood for a novel set in the early days of movie making, too, having just seen two Mary Pickford silent films. Oh well. At least it was a very quick read!
April Rickard
I really enjoyed this one! I love the time period and was completely entertained by the story. Moving on to the author's next book!
Julie
Interesting info about early movie making, but not great writing. Nice and short.
Norma Bush
A cute, short mystery set in the early days of east coast film industry.
Bonnie
It was okay, but I'll not search for another from this author.
Heather Domin
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Keith
Wanted to read it for the subject matter of early silent picture production, but the writing was rather amateurish.
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