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Death at Pullman

(Emily Cabot Mysteries #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A model town at war with itself . . . George Pullman created an ideal community for his railroad car workers, complete with every amenity they could want or need. But when hard economic times hit in 1894, lay-offs follow and the workers can no longer pay their rent or buy food at the company store. Starving and desperate, they turn against their once benevolent employer. E ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Allium Press
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Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Emily Cabot gets herself involved in a murder. This time she is trying to help the Pullman Car strikers with food and medical supplies from Hull House. As I've indicated in earlier reviews Frances McNamara places her heroine in a pivotal time in American history. It was a time of great social upheaval. It was time when the working man needed to stand up the the "robber barons" of industry since local, state, and even national government was not helpful.

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Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-researched and interesting story combines a murder mystery with the historical events surrounding the Pullman strike in Chicago in 1894. I didn't like how the heroine, Emily Cabot, was made obtuse in order to give the author reason to explain the issues, and there was a bit too much repetition. But I appreciated that all sides of the conflict were presented through interaction with characters - it put the history on a much more human, personal level. Overall, an engaging way to step into th ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Mysteries and historical fiction are hard. There's so much content and plot dictated by outside forces. That being said, I think McNamara does an excellent job of setting her scenes and giving enough (and accurate) history. But that being said, Emily Cabot herself is frustratingly dense. I know this is done so that the author can explain things to the audience, but it really doesn't have to be this way (see Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart mysteries). Still an engaging mystery that does a great j ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
As someone familiar with historic Pullman, it was fun to read the landmarks and names written here. I found the rest of the book a bit... off, though. It was sometimes hard to understand what was going on, and there were lots of sentences that could have been combined. I couldn't always connect with the main character either. I haven't read the others in the series, but hr personality still ought to be better defined. All and all, "Death in Pullman" definitely could have used some tailoring, but ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Good so far. It is an easy read which is nice some times. I like the story line, but sometimes felt that it just touched the surface and it could have delved deeper into the history or been more of a story that what was there. I did enjoy it and I did like how it ended and was surprised how it ended, did not see that coming, that was nice.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the third of a series taking place in Chicago in the late 1800's during a workers strike at the Pullman railroad car company. It was not much of a detective nor police story as it was history. The characters were colorful and depicted according to the customs of the times but the story was slow moving. ...more
Donna Frasor
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting historical fiction centered around the Pullman strike in 1894. I enjoyed reading about the historical Pullman area of Chicago more than the murder mystery. She did a nice job of weaving historical facts into her novel.
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the history lesson but the heroine was not very believable.
David Eppenstein
Interesting historical fiction taking place during the infamous Pullman strike of the late 19th century. Unfortunately, the really only interesting part of the mystery is the historical setting.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay. Not as good as the first two.
Gail Holman
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Good history, but very slow going and a little too formulated. Ms. McNamara and myself are about the same age and from the Boston area. I expected a little more.
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Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and formerly worked as a librarian at the University of Chicago. When not working or writing she can be found sailing on the Charles River in Boston or beaching on Cape Cod.

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Emily Cabot Mysteries (7 books)
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