Always a Cold Deck

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In July 1900, hapless insurance investigator Harry Reese travels to Buffalo to look into a suspicious fire. But when Harry uncovers a smuggling ring, the case morphs into something more sinister, and he’s faced with a new set of questions. What’s become of the notorious ringleader? And was the missing Charles Elwell killed for the insurance money? Or is he alive and sharing in the proceeds? To find the answers, Harry travels to Canada and back in the company of a political boss’s conniving stooge and a curious young woman who seems to be conducting an investigation of her own. It’s a byzantine odyssey, during which Harry can never be sure of anyone’s loyalties, least of all those who’ve hired him.


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keywords: mystery, humorous mystery, cozy mystery, funny mystery, historical mystery, Harry Reese Mystery, 1900, Washington, DC,  P.G. Wodehouse, parody, Edmund Crispin, Nick and Nora, Wodehouse mystery

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Finding himself misplaced in the 21st century, Robert Bruce Stewart has opted to retire to what he hopes will be a more congenial era for a person of his sensibilities by means of fiction writing. Meanwhile, his temporal self lives with his wife and cat in a small-town hermitage in western Massachusetts where he spends his idle hours tending to the needs of tadpoles and keeping his ill-mannered bamboo grove in check.

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Street Car Mysteries
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May 28, 2012
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Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Satire
Humor / General
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