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Magic Hour

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  649 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Movie producer Sy Spencer -- one of the premier summer residents of the Hamptons, Long Island's oh-so-fashionable beach resort for everyone who is anyone -- has hosted his last power clambake, thanks to whoever shot him dead beside his oceanfront pool.

Heading the investigation is Hamptons native Steve Brady. His prime suspect is Sy's ex-wife Bonnie, a strangely appealing a
ebook, 496 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1991)
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Donna Davis
Isaacs is a word-painter. Her writing is vivid and lush, and once in awhile, a slice of wry humor comes around a corner and strikes you hard and fast, and you didn't expect to laugh, yet there you are.

I read everything Isaacs writes. This was one of the first. I am usually unwilling to read about the upper-middle-class and wealthy characters, but because she is so very, very good, I read them anyway.

I don't want to wreck the plot with specifics. One thing I will say: the women are always the her
I can’t believe how long I’ve had this book in my bookshelf, along with the other two Issacs' books I haven’t read yet, but have had for almost 20 years. I think I probably would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it 20 years ago, but it was good enough to keep me reading it. I liked the leading character, Steve Brady, and I liked Bonnie Spencer a lot. Steve is a detective in the Hamptons, where a movie is being made. Bonnie’s ex-husband, Sy, is the producer. When Sy is shot and killed weeks into ...more
Marianne Hauswirth
My go to book! Have read it every summer for at least the last ten years and recommend it to all my friends! Steve Brady, recovering alcoholic homicide detective rediscovers the love of his life who he doesn't even remember. Susan Issac's descriptions of Long Island from what is now 25 years ago is bittersweet.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a lot of types of books, or a variety of subjects. And I picked up this book because it's by an author, Susan Isaacs, who is a most reliable provider of classic page-turners. I've read a lot of her books, and I gave it as a gift to myself during this holiday week. And I enjoyed it thoroughly, and without any guilt...
May 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Steven Brady, alcoholic detective, was not a character I could feel sympathy with. Nor were any of the others. His struggles and lusts were just pauses in the story while he wallowed about. I have little patience after the first few so found skimming the book for where the plot returned the way to finish this book. Edited down it would be better.
This part I liked was to shifting through the evidence and analyzing it with a good balance between intuition and basic procedure. While Brady was doing
Jane Stewart
It was a good story but a too heavy with details. I prefer a different style of writing and genre.

I thought this was romance, but it's really a mystery. Readers who love mysteries will probably enjoy this more than I. There was way too much conversation and too many details to follow. I didn't want my brain to have to work to remember and analyze all the details. I had to take notes while reading to keep track of the different names, etc. I prefer books that don't make me concentrate and work so
May 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read a recommendation for Susan Isaacs' books somewhere online as humorous detective fiction, so I picked this off the library shelves. It was okay. There were parts which I thought could have been cut because they did nothing to advance the plot or develop character, and they weren't interesting enough on their own to be worth the time; she needs me to edit her work! Now reading "After All These Years" and after only 25 pages, I like it lots better!
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder in the Hamptons. Big time movie producer in the midst of a film production. Lots of possible suspects as he did not try to make friends. Local cop assigned to solve the mystery. Similar to the plot of another book I just read (won't reveal which one so as not to give away anything!). This one was better written that the other with more detail to the plot. Fun read on a cold winter's day.
joan winant
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just the best beach book ever in the world...

After all these years, it still holds up as both a wicked satire on the ever more celebrity- focused Hamptons and a celebration of the redemptive power of love . The author creates real people, not just caricatures, and we end up caring for them deeply. Just as they do, we have fun and laugh through tears.
Kathleen Cochran
This sounds like a piece of fluff, possibly a good beach read. Don't dismiss this interesting story that unfolds slowly and develops its characters with the expertise of a seasoned writer. I keep waiting for Susan Isaacs to write another "Magic Hour" quality novel. I know she has it in her. This one is absolutely her best work.
It was a well-written mystery, but none of the characters were terribly appealing. The romance aspect was pretty much killed by how negative the male narrator was toward his love interest - physically, emotionally, verbally- criticism is not terribly romantic.
Dixie Swanson
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At Her Best

How many writers can pull off writing in the first person --- of the opposite sex? Not many. Read it for excellent writing, plot, and most of all, because you root for the hero ... and the heroine.
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a crime novel with a romantic interest. I liked the story line and characters, liked the love interest, didn't care much for the sex scenes and language that was there in places, although it wasn't as bad as most romance novels.
Lynn Pribus
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, but I've always loved Susan Isaacs. And Magic Hour is a wonderful term for the gloaming of sunrise and sunset when photos are always better -- golden light and long shadows.
beach read.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read;a comical suspense that follows the mystery of who killed Sy Spencer, the famous producer -- wife #1? wife #2? or the newest starlett who was sharing his bed?
Jennifer Edwards
My favorite of all of her books.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining book but different than other Isaacs' books in that she writes in the voice of a male homicide detective. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
susan isaacs is a sharp, witty writer. there are TOO MANY cuss words, though : (
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Susan Isaacs' books and this one is fun. A good mystery and a quick read...very fun.
Kim Whitley-Gaynor
I’m surprised so many disliked this book. It is my favorite Susan Isaacs' novel about a ballsy woman and a cop. Lighter reading for sure, but I loved his sense of humor and observances.
It was a long time ago that I read this book. I do remember that I enjoyed it, but no details or characters really stuck with me.
A book that - despite being published in the early 90's - just screams 80's to me. And not in a good way.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun location - so dated - I waited too long to read it!
Joanne Timm
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of Susan Isaacs novels - this one is my favorite. Great read.
This really should be on my To-Read list. It entertained me at a young age, but, I am curious to see how I will take it as an adult.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent vacation reading!
good twist to the story
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Susan Isaacs is a recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award. She serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Creative Coalition, PEN, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Ada ...more
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