This blog isn't just for teens anymore!
I've been neglecting adult books, and I miss them.
If I read an adult book that may appeal to older teens as well as adults, I'm reviewing it!
Why put genres in a box? Teens read adult books, adults read teen books.
Therefore, I have a new feature!
By Marcia Muller and Bill Prozini
Forge Books, 2013
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
In this first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations.
Sabina’s case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady “dip” who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents, following a trail that leads him from the infamous Barbary Coast to an oyster pirate’s lair to a Tenderloin parlor house known as the Fiddle Dee Dee.
The two cases eventually connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and assorted other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted, and exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes.
This one was... different. Sherlock Holmes was a real person in the world. It was cool, but somewhat confusing at first. I ended up really liking that aspect. This book would be good for teens, aside from a ridiculous scene in a brothel. Also - Who knew that sleuthing involved so much legwork? They were always walking somewhere. The best part of the book was at the end, when all of the detectives revealed what they knew. It reminded me of what The Mentalist used to be like. It made me miss the old days of that show. Also, the characters were interesting, especially Sabina. If this is becomes a series, they would need Sherlock Holmes in every book. It will also be very interesting to see how Quincannon and Sabina's dynamic develops and changes.