The Flimflam Affair (A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery #7)
The Flimflam Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series.Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. While the future is unclear, Sabina and John know one thing for certain; they will protect their clients from flimflammers, thieves, and murderers, and do whatever it takes to run these dregs of society into the arms of the law.Sometimes, that requires a subtle touch. Professor A. Vargas, self-styled medium extraordinaire, and his partner Annabelle, use guile and trickery to swindle bereaved men and women eager to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones. John and Sabina must not only unmask these charlatans, but also solve the riddle of an impossible murder in the midst of a s�ance.Other cases involve brute force and personal danger. Such as the theft of a burglarproof safe mysteriously emptied of gold bullion. And John's pursuit of a ruthless gang of counterfeiters, whose leader appears to be a man from John's past in the Secret Service--a man thought long dead.Adding spice to these exploits is Sabina and John's personal relationship, which is rapidly progressing to an exciting new level.The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries: #1 The Bughouse Affair#2 The Spook Lights Affair#3 The Body Snatchers Affair#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair#7 The Flimflam Affair

The Flimflam Affair (A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery #7) Details

TitleThe Flimflam Affair (A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery #7)
Author
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherForge
ISBN-139780765394378
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction

The Flimflam Affair (A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery #7) Review

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    The Flimflam Affair is the fifth book in the "A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery" series and the very first book I've read. I was drawn to the book because I like to read books set in the Wild West and I love historical mystery books. It's not a thick book, but the author managed to squeeze in three different cases. Still, the book never felt rushed and I felt that it cases dealt with and was solved with enough focus on them.As a new reader is the main "problem" that Carpenter and Quincannon are The Flimflam Affair is the fifth book in the "A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery" series and the very first book I've read. I was drawn to the book because I like to read books set in the Wild West and I love historical mystery books. It's not a thick book, but the author managed to squeeze in three different cases. Still, the book never felt rushed and I felt that it cases dealt with and was solved with enough focus on them.As a new reader is the main "problem" that Carpenter and Quincannon are new to me and their new romantic status is absolutely pleasant to read about. However, I do think if you have read the previous books will this new status probably feel a lot more interesting to read about. Perhaps even something that readers have felt they have looked forward to reading about. I did find Carpenter and Quincannon to be pleasant characters, I just didn't really love them. They have an interesting history together that I would like to read more about. I would very much like to read the series from the beginning.I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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  • Virginia Walter
    January 1, 1970
    Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are partners in Professional Detective Services in early twentieth century San Francisco. In this entry, they unmask a fraudulent medium and then prove who killed him during a seance. John also gets involved in an old case involving a counterfeiter and finally proposes to Sabina. It's all a little "meh" somehow. I don't know what's missing, but it was pretty boring.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    The FlimFlam Affair by Bill Pronzini (a Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery) is the seventh in a historical mystery series previously co-written by Marcia Muller. It takes place in San Francisco in the late 19th century where Sabina Carpenter and James Quincannon are partners in a private investigation firm: unusual in several ways. One) There are very few, if any, females in this profession, and Two) Sabina is a widow, and James, an unmarried man. Quite shocking, really. Sabina's current case revo The FlimFlam Affair by Bill Pronzini (a Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery) is the seventh in a historical mystery series previously co-written by Marcia Muller. It takes place in San Francisco in the late 19th century where Sabina Carpenter and James Quincannon are partners in a private investigation firm: unusual in several ways. One) There are very few, if any, females in this profession, and Two) Sabina is a widow, and James, an unmarried man. Quite shocking, really. Sabina's current case revolves around a medium that is duping the grieving out of shocking amounts of money in their attempts to contact their dearly departed. The FlimFlam Affair is an engaging story, deeply rooted in the time. Sabina, and particularly James, are characters, written in depth and interesting. The mysteries are well thought out; the medium story is like many others written as they all turned out to be hoaxes and there are only so many ways to tell the same story. It is always entertaining, though. If this book is an example of the others in the series, it is several mysteries, kind of a recap of their lives and business so it some ways it reads quicker. It is interesting to see the different perspectives of the different personalities and sexes as the investigations happened. The FlimFlam Affair was an engaging tome and one well worth your time. I recommend it. I was given a free ARC of the FlimFlam Affair in exchange for a free and honest review. #netgalley #theflimflamaffair
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  • Linda Smatzny
    January 1, 1970
    In this book, the main characters, Sabrina Carpenter and John Quincannon, have three cases to study. The year is 1897 and the story is set in San Francisco. John and Sabrina own and run a detective agency. The book opens with John investigating the theft of gold from a railway company in mining country. Back in San Francisco, Sabrina is hired to expose a self-styled medium who claims to talk the dead that the clients wish to speak with. The last case involves John and goes back to when he worked In this book, the main characters, Sabrina Carpenter and John Quincannon, have three cases to study. The year is 1897 and the story is set in San Francisco. John and Sabrina own and run a detective agency. The book opens with John investigating the theft of gold from a railway company in mining country. Back in San Francisco, Sabrina is hired to expose a self-styled medium who claims to talk the dead that the clients wish to speak with. The last case involves John and goes back to when he worked for the secret service. The book was a very quick easy read.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Quincannon and Carpenter continue to solve crimes in San Francisco. Quincannon is up in gold mining country solving a theft of gold from a seemingly unbreakable safe. Sabina is investigation a fake medium. John is also involved in solving an old case from his Secret Service days involving counterfeiting. Their relationship is also progressing nicely. This series is a lot of fun. the author captures the time period and it is a nice light read.
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  • Dave Hoff
    January 1, 1970
    A lady and gentleman detective partnership, each with their own cases. For her a charlatan who is acting as a medium to contact departed ones with loved one. He is killed during a séance. For her partner is 2 cases. A railroad safe is taken and gold needs to be found. the 2nd case is finding a counterfeit ring for the Secret Service. Well written, nothing profane. Question, will these 2 detectives find they really love each other. Losing an ear lobe speeds the romance.
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a quick read, not terribly deep. It's mostly to advance the characters I think. I get the feeling that this was the purpose of the book. Still a good story though if you are into the series.
  • Ruth Feathers
    January 1, 1970
    Quick, entertaining read. Continuing adventures of Carpenter and Quincannon involving frauds and counterfeiting.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I"ll be honest, this was not my favorite entry in the series. There was too much going on! Sabina had her own case, John had his own case, and they were both wrapped up pretty quickly. Then John was pulled into an old case that was kind of boring, about counterfitting. Just not my jam. I thought Sabina was relegated to the background too much in this book (which she even comments on in her chapters). I hope the series can get back on track with a central mystery and more of Sabina and John actua I"ll be honest, this was not my favorite entry in the series. There was too much going on! Sabina had her own case, John had his own case, and they were both wrapped up pretty quickly. Then John was pulled into an old case that was kind of boring, about counterfitting. Just not my jam. I thought Sabina was relegated to the background too much in this book (which she even comments on in her chapters). I hope the series can get back on track with a central mystery and more of Sabina and John actually working together more!
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  • PWRL
    January 1, 1970
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