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The Pleasant Grove Murders (Joe Bain #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published November 1968 by Robert Hale Limited (first published 1967)
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TJ
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pleasant Grove Murders is a 184 page mystery novel that was written in 1965 and first published in 1967 by John Holbrook Vance. This is the real name of the famous and remarkably talented writer, Jack Vance. The setting is in a fictitious setting "a few hours drive south east of San Francisco," named Pleasant Grove in San Rodrigo County. There is an emphasis on creating the atmosphere of a small, rural town with odd or unusual characters who know everything about each other. And, of course, ...more
Jaro
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in Desperate Days.
Metaphorosis
This is the second of Jack Vance's mysteries about Sheriff Joe Bain cases in rural California south of San Fancisco. The previous book, The Fox Valley Murders, was technically interesting and well written, but not outstanding. Vance plotted and outlined a third book, but never wrote it.

This book differs from Fox Valley in that the mystery itself is less complex, but the characters are more interesting. Overall, they are more fully fleshed out than in the first book. But we also see the emergence
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Shannon Appelcline
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think this was a later book than my previous Vancian mystery read, The House on Lily Street. It was published in 1967 and I suspect it was written not too long before. Unlike the previous books' intensely interesting look at a real setting (Oakland), this one is set in a made-up place, San Rodrigo County. I think it's intended to lie between San Benito County and Monterey County (which in reality directly adjoin), which is to say somewhere between Salinas and Hollister, not far southeast of Sa ...more
Hans van der Veeke
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another murder mystery solved by Joe Bain. I really like the setting and atmosphere. A bit too spun out to my taste but very enjoyable to read anyway.
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Joe Bain (4 books)
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