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Walla Walla Suite - A Room with no View (Quinn #2)

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Quinn, a newly divorced ex-cop, retains custody of her wild hot flashes, her twisted tongue, her fey sense of humor, and her propensity for trouble. Now trying to get a foothold as a P.I. in a new city, Quinn takes what she thinks will be a safe job with Vincent Ainge, to whom she is oddly attracted. Vincent, who has his own demons, is the only mitigation investigator in t ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found this book in a Little Free Library on Belle Isle in Detroit . An oldie but goodie!
Max Everhart
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix together a mitigation investigator doggedly trying to stamp out the death penalty, an ex-cop fighting off constant hot flashes, a barely legitimate business owner who calls his employees Arnie's Angels, and a beautiful young woman in the prime of her youth? Answer: the basic ingredients to Anne Argula's excellent PI novel, Walla Walla Suite (A Room with No View).

The plot starts off as a simple missing person's case. Eileen, one of Arnie's Angels, goes missing, and A
Lukasz Pruski
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reading Anne Argula's "Walla Walla Suite: A Room With No View" immediately after a novel by J.M. Coetzee felt like chewing a piece of dirty cardboard for dessert after a sumptuous and superbly tasty dinner. To be fair to Mr. Ponicsan (who uses Anne Argula as his pen name), even the very best mystery writers, like Nicholas Freeling, Denise Mina or Karin Fossum, would not stand a chance in comparison with Mr. Coetzee. Thus, in this short review, I am judging Ms. Argula's/Mr. Ponicsan's book on the ...more
Iowa City Public Library
If you’ve just finished T is for Trespass, the latest Kinsey Millhone mystery from Sue Grafton, and wonder what to read while you’re waiting for next one, the answer is Walla Walla Suite by Anne Argula. Our heroine, Quinn, is a gritty, middle-aged ex-cop who’s suffering through raging hot flashes while she tries to start a new career as a P.I. in Seattle.

Quinn, who is now living and working in the historic Pioneer Square area of Seattle, is originally from Shenandoah, PA, which accounts for some
WALLA WALLA SUITE (A ROOM WITH NO VIEW) (Private Invest-Quinn-Seattle-Cont) G+
Argula, Anne – 2nd in series
Ballentine Books, 2007, US Trade Paperback – ISBN: 9780345498427
First Sentence: Picture this.
*** Quinn’s husband has left her, but her hot flashes have not. She has retired from the police force, moved to Seattle and become a private investigator for Vincent, a mitigation lawyer who worked to keep convicted murders off death row. A young secretary, who works in another office, has disappeare
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mys-tepids
Character should never be subservient to plot, much less subservient to an over-blown red herring.

Tax-payer funded mitigation investigators were news to me. Is life in prison really better than the death penalty?

"Readers familiar with Seattle will notice my failure to acknowledge certain changes in the physical and social landscape of that city. The writing of this book took so long that some of the terrain changed before its completion. Out of a perverse commemorative sense, I
Timothy Bazzett
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I knew and admired this author in her "previous life." Argula's hot-flashing - and hard-boiled - PI protagonist, Quinn, intimates early on her belief in reincarnation, which goes back (at least) to her previous adventures in "Homicide My Own." That perfect ear for dead-on real dialogue (from that previous life) is still intact, along with a real feel for the seedy-side-of-Seattle setting, making you feel like that fly on the wall in every scene. Both of Argula's books read like skillfully-wrough ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I found this book years ago and just recently resolved to actually finish it. That didn't exactly happen. Too many things were distracting in this mystery. Da frick? Really? Everytime those words appeared I cringed a little. I think Arugula must have thought it added character, but it was way too interruptive. There were a few other slang phrases that were also irritating. It was a bit hard to follow this mystery becaue so much stuff was allowed to dominate conversations and thoughts by the narr ...more
Mary MacKintosh
So I picked this book because it was recommended on an NPR list of summer reads, and because Walla Walla was in the title. Then it turns out the book plays out mainly around Pioneer Square in Seattle, one of my favorite places to be. Well, until Elliott Bay Books left, it was my favorite place to be, but I still like Larry's (I think that's the name of the place) and the Central, although didn't I hear the Merchant Cafe was chopped up and sold at auction? Good things don't last.

Then the main cha
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I was attracted to this book because it was a gritty hard-boiled mystery set in Seattle. I lived in Washington state for a number of years and had no problem following and enjoying the tour of Seattle and the surrounding areas. I did kind of like Quinn and I thought the mystery aspect was well put together. I had an idea as to whodunit all along, but there were enough things going on that I was surprised when it turned out I was right. While I accepted the hard-boiled approach to the story-telli ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Not horrible, but not awesome, either. I did like that the main character is a woman of a certain age, going through hot flashes and such. Nice to see that she wasn't an air-headed bimbo, either. However, the author's use of what I suppose is an accent? a dialect? became grating. I have no idea what "da frick" is - although I can guess - and I don't care if I never read that phrase again.

Book 2 of the series, and as it turns out, the only my library carries. I don't see myself going to the troub
Oct 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
From Edgar Award nominee Anne Argula, this is one of the funniest detective stories I've read to date. Quinn, a fifty-something, recently divorced, menopausal, ex cop moves to Seattle to persue life as a private detective. Her investigations include both flashes of insight and hot flashes. An enjoyable, fast read... the talent of the writere is well in evidence, and proves not all high quality writing must be done in the musty hallows of "literary" fiction.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A new mystery for me - set in Seattle, which as far as I am concerned was about the only redeeming quality. Recently divorced cop from Spokane moves to Seattle and becomes a PI - friends with a Mitigating Investigator and follow/solve the murder of a young girl who worked in their office building.
Maggie Siegel
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Not as good as her first book, but well worth reading. I hope this series continues.
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Inconsistent book that is worth reading because of the hot flash-cursed protagonist.
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Anne Argula is a pen name used by Darryl Ponicsan for several mysteries set in the Pacific Northwest. He was born in Northeast Pennsylvania and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
The first novel in the series, Homicide My Own (2005) is about a cop who solves his own murder from a previous life. It was nominated for an Edgar Award.
The second in the series is Walla Walla Suite (2007), which fo
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Quinn (4 books)
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  • Krapp's Last Cassette (Quinn, #3)
  • The Other Romanian (Quinn, #4)