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Spoon A Prescott Carmichael Jaunt (Short Story #1) [Kindle Edition]

Howard McEwen
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Book Description

*** Please note: All of the Prescott Carmichael Jaunts are now available in the episodic novel Jake’s 8. ***

Just fired and sitting in a bar, Jake Gibb gets a phone call. It’s a job offer from the mysterious investment advisor Prescott Carmichael. Jake soon learns providing ‘client service’ involves more than answering the phone or filling out forms. When a historic spoon goes missing, it’s up to Jake Gibb and Mr. Carmichael to figure out the ‘who’ but also to learn the unnerving ‘why’.


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  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q0IGFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Mysterious Mr. Prescott Carmichael. January 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first in a projected ten-story series featuring Prescott Carmichael, a financial wizard who will provide any service at all for his clients. Our Hero Jacob Gibb goes to work for Mr. Carmichael and soon finds that, besides drawing a nice salary, he has long periods of inactivity followed by bizarre work requests. In this story, the request involves a mystery at an exclusive Cincinnati gentlemen's club. McEwen writes a good tale, full of intrigue and local color. There are fascinating characters galore, including a cameo appearance by Cincinnati's queen of mixology, Molly Wellman. The ending is a big surprise. A promising start to the series. I'm not usually a fan of shorter fiction, but this one had me wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Takes me to another time and place April 22, 2012
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Reading this was a great way to spend my Sunday morning. McEwen kept the suspense going to the end, and the whole story is evocative of another era. And I would never have guessed what happened to the spoon. Looking forward to reading more of these. And let's see if we can develop the Molly character a bit more... :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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POSITIVES:
A the start of the story, I began to worry that this short story would be centered around the world of financial investing. Let's face it - it's not the most interesting subject matter. But, the story takes an interesting turn when the hero "Jacob Gibb" is hired by the mysterious Prescott Carmichael. From there the story takes on a Edgar Allan Poe "The Purloined Letter" slant. With Jacob Gibb being The Purloined Letter's unnamed narrator and Prescott Carmichael being the amateur detective C. Auguste Dupin. And though Howard McEwen (the author) doesn't seem to build the tension and mystery as well as Poe (let's face it... who could?), McEwen does a good job of revealing Carmichael's gifts little by little so there is plenty left over for the future short stories in the series. The dialog is short and to the point. Very similar to the voice over narratives you find in old film noir crime movies. The only short story I could compare the dialog to would be "The Killers" by Hemingway. Very sparse and minimal. In the end, it was a quick read and quite entertaining.

NEGATIVES:
McEwen comes up a little short when it comes to writing women. And while I can appreciate that Jacob Gibb may see women as objects or one dimensional characters, it sometimes comes off as though McEwen might as well. Molly (the bartender) is the only character in this particular story that had the possibility of being more than just a woman that keeps shoving drinks in Jacob's face. But, she is reduced to a faceless supplier of booze. I hope we get to see more dimensions of her as the series continues.

I personally LOVE short stories. They are what really turned me on to writing. And McEwen does a solid job in the format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great short story May 26, 2014
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the writing is clever and entertaining. i strongly recommend this to mystery lovers everywhere - particularly those who like ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to Be Confused With the Tick's Battle Cry March 25, 2013
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This had the feel of a "drawing room" mystery in a way. Maybe Gibb and Carmichael will turn out to be modernized Holmeses or Poirots. Given Jake Gibb's penchant for a stiff drink (or 3) at the pub, though, it seems he leans more toward the Spade/Marlowe/Hammer camp.

Spoon's villain and his motives will strike most readers as bizarre, because you just don't see anything like them in film or fiction. Bravo, sez I. But they also seem bizarre because they are presented in such pithy fashion. This is a fast, engaging read...but that description contains my only complaint about this short story: It's TOO fast. TOO short. (There were some typos, punctuation mistakes, etc., but not enough to complain about, especially relative to other ebooks.)

I would have enjoyed some more lengthy development. Even so, I enjoyed it so much that I've already bought the next Prescott Carmichael Jaunt, Love on the Rocks .

Henry (Hank) Brown is the Two Fisted Blogger.
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Howard McEwen is a husband, father, financial advisor, writer, beekeeper and bartender living in Bellevue, Kentucky.

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