Casebooks Dissembled: Omnibus I

Street Car Mysteries
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In July of 1900, a down-on-his-luck Harry Reese is sent to Buffalo to investigate a suspicious fire. There he meets a very strange young woman and-hoping to use her dowry to pay his past-due rent-marries her. Thus begins a comic saga which will come to encompass a multiplicity of mystifying murders, a veritable horde of eccentric suspects, and a truly astounding number of canals. 

At long last, the first three novels and four short stories (including all three Emmie Reese Mysteries) are available in one economically priced volume. The books are presented in chronological order, so the reader might better experience the evolution of Harry's relationship with his curious wife Emmie, and his gradual absorption into the off-kilter world he terms Emmie-land. This eBook comprises:

* Always a Cold Deck

* Humbug on the Hudson

* The Birth of M.E. Meegs

* Crossings

* Hidden Booty

* Kalorama Shakedown

* Psi no more…

Plus, a list of characters and a glossary of period language.

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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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Published on
Jun 22, 2015
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Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Satire
Humor / General
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 This, the second Harry Reese Mystery omnibus, includes the fourth, fifth, and sixth novels in the series, books which feature a pair of zoologically minded Shakespearean scholars, a pretender to the Celtic Revival, the pseudonymous writer of some very heady English poetry, and two of America’s greatest authors of the era—or, at least, their stand-ins.

 A Charm of Powerful Trouble, set in the autumn of 1902, begins with a killing in a faux Chinatown and ends in a séance. Before it’s over, Harry will meet cricket ranchers, vaudeville artistes, white slavers, morality crusaders, circus roustabouts, and wayward Utopians, and frequently become sidetracked by the need to rescue his loved ones from jail, or the clutches of a ruthless tong.


In Fair Play’s a Jewel, Harry learns his secretive wife Emmie is planning a trip to Portland, Maine. There, not surprisingly, he happens upon a corpse. In the course of  solving this case, our heroes will have acquired a knowledge of 17th-century cant, cockney rhyming slang, and the mating habits of the American eel; confronted a snooping Pinkerton of fictional origin; come to terms with a publishing pirate; and waded through a veritable ocean of false identities.

 Posing in Paradise takes place in 1905, when the great Henry James visits Emmie’s hometown to deliver a lecture to the local literati. He is feted in grand style—and so is the Englishman impersonating him. In the meantime, a vacationing Harry has stumbled upon a body marinating in an abandoned canal bed. Then the body vanishes. Twice. These two plots, each sufficiently ludicrous in its own right, coalesce to produce a truly remarkable story, one that dares to answer the age-old question: is it possible for a man to drown in his blancmange?

 Also included are a list of characters and a glossary of period language.

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Keywords:  Humorous comedic parody funny comedy  Humor satire farcical saga cozy mystery historical historic 1900 turn-of-the-century love marriage family life relationship  Nora Shakespeare bawdy Wodehouse  Brooklyn  New York P.G. Upstate railroad travel  fire murder Nick and insurance fraud PG 

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