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

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

  • Karl
    January 1, 1970
    “Flimflam” is not commonly used these days. "Flimflam" first entered English as a noun meaning "deceptive nonsense" in the second half of the 16th century. A sense meaning "deception" or "fraud" soon developed. The verb use didn't show up until well into the next century. In addition to general deceiving or tricking. The verb "flimflam" is often used specifically to refer to swindling someone out of money. The ultimate origin of "flimflam" is uncertain, but the word is probably of Scandinavian o “Flimflam” is not commonly used these days. "Flimflam" first entered English as a noun meaning "deceptive nonsense" in the second half of the 16th century. A sense meaning "deception" or "fraud" soon developed. The verb use didn't show up until well into the next century. In addition to general deceiving or tricking. The verb "flimflam" is often used specifically to refer to swindling someone out of money. The ultimate origin of "flimflam" is uncertain, but the word is probably of Scandinavian origin and may be related to the Old Norse flim, meaning "mockery."Don’t be miss led, or flimflammed, as there are certainly more Carpenter and Quincannon books than we are generally led to believe. As far as I recall it all began with a Bill Pronzini book published in 1985 titled “Quincannon” published by Walker Books. This was followed in 1986 by a book titled “Beyond the Grave”. Pronzini co-wrote this novel with his wife, Marcia Muller. Set in the 1890s and the 1980s, with Marcia's modern-day detective/sleuth solving a mystery with the help of his 1890 case notes. In 1998 we got “Carpenter and Quincannon” from Crippen & Landru, followed in 2003 by “Burgade's Crossing” from Five Star publishers. Next is 2005’s “Quincannon's Game” also from Five Star. 2013 brought “The Bughouse Affair” the first in the ‘New’ rebooted series of books about the duo of detectives. In the series, former Secret Service agent John Quincannon and his partner, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter, run their own agency, Carpener & Quincannon, offering "Professional Detective Services in 1890s San Francisco. “Quincannon” was originally written by Pronzini alone, he was a drunken Secret Service agent on the trail of koniagers (counterfeiters). That's when he first makes the acquaintance of Sabina, a female Pinkerton's op and his unrequited love interest. She changed his life and he even gave up the evil ‘drink’.’Since 1986, Quincannon and Carpenter have appeared sporadically in a string of short stories, most notably in Louis L'Amour Western Magazine and Ellery Queen. In this book John Quincannon (after 2018’s “The Bags of Tricks Affair”), is tasked with solving an impossible crime. John heads out to a mining town to discover how a burglarproof safe containing $10,000 in gold dust and bullion was breached. Sabina is hired to solve a crooked ‘mediums’ attempt to extort money and ‘favors’ from unsuspecting women. Finally, Quincannon must resolve a case of counterfeiters in San Francisco.
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  • 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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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Not certain how many of these Carpenter and Quincannon books I have read, usually written by Pronzini and his wife but this time without her input. Early San Francisco private investigators team up to share cases and more.This one finds Quincannon up north handily solving a gold theft the railway can't figure out. They thought their new safe was impossible to crack.While he is out of town Carpenter takes on crooked psychic types. When her partner returns he joins up for the great seance exposure Not certain how many of these Carpenter and Quincannon books I have read, usually written by Pronzini and his wife but this time without her input. Early San Francisco private investigators team up to share cases and more.This one finds Quincannon up north handily solving a gold theft the railway can't figure out. They thought their new safe was impossible to crack.While he is out of town Carpenter takes on crooked psychic types. When her partner returns he joins up for the great seance exposure that ends in a death.Meanwhile the government asks Quincannon to find who is back in the business of making their own hundred dollar bills as a favor to his old boss at the treasury. He loses one ear lobe in that finale.These are simple, easy reads with some fun historic detail from early San Francisco.
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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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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5I've been reading Bill Pronzini books for about as long as I can remember. His may not be a well-known name, but I know when I pick up a Pronzini book that I will get strong characters and a solid story. It has been a year or more since I last read a Pronzini book, but when I saw this up as an ARC, I immediately requested it.Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon run a detective agency in San Francisco near the turn of the This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5I've been reading Bill Pronzini books for about as long as I can remember. His may not be a well-known name, but I know when I pick up a Pronzini book that I will get strong characters and a solid story. It has been a year or more since I last read a Pronzini book, but when I saw this up as an ARC, I immediately requested it.Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon run a detective agency in San Francisco near the turn of the century (1897). Quincannon is investigating gold theft from a railroad company when the book opens, and Sabina is enlisted to investigate a medium who is fleecing the recently bereaved men and women of San Francisco. And a case of counterfeiting brings John back to his days when he worked for the Secret Service and a man he thought was dead haunts him again.The mysteries here are well thought-out and developed allowing the reader to experience them along with our detectives. The throwback to Quincannon's earlier days is a nice addition - especially for someone like myself who really only remembers a couple of the earliest books.I enjoyed the relationship banter between Sabina and John - as I mentioned at the start, strong characters are a hallmark of a Pronzini story after all. This definitely made me want to read more of the 'Carpenter & Quincannon' mysteries.And while I truly felt this was an enjoyable read, I can understand where the appeal may be limited. I happen to really like western fiction (the first Quincannon book was an early favorite of mine) and historical fiction, and when combined with a good mystery, this is right up my alley. But I know too many people who won't read books that are 'westerns' because of preconceived notions of what that means. Let's hope that a good mystery will draw them in.Looking for a good book? The Flimflam Affair by Bill Pronzini is a turn-of-the-century mystery with strong characters.I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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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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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed the local -- San Francisco, and the time -- 1890s, very much. The story and and the hero action less so. Not much of a mystery but more of a detective-heroes type novel with a little romance thrown in. The two main characters (man and woman detectives and partners) finally get "it" together.
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  • Ted Hinkle
    January 1, 1970
    Bill Pronzini provides an easy reading fast moving novel in the Flimflam Affair. Professional detectives, Carpenter and Quincannon solve three mysteries set in San Francisco at the turn of the century. Some interesting early 1900 history woven into the suspenseful plots. A very entertaining, enjoyable read.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I was disappointed in this book; I'm not really sure why. I guess it didn't seem to hold many surprises for me. Just seemed a bit flat. I probably will not be checking out more of the series. Too bad; I really wanted to like it more.
  • 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.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Another interesting and fun read staring Carpenter and Quincannon. In this one Quincannon's ego almost gets him killed.
  • Cyn Mcdonald
    January 1, 1970
    This one was a good story but a little too easy to predict.
  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    Set in 1897 San Francisco John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter are involved in several mysteries.Pronzini gives the couple a HEA
  • Irene Marston
    January 1, 1970
    very good mystery enjoyed it
  • Ruth Feathers
    January 1, 1970
    Quick, entertaining read. Continuing adventures of Carpenter and Quincannon involving frauds and counterfeiting.
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