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- Print Length: 230 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938710304
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- Publisher: Street Car Mysteries (November 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075RJLLND
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'A Christmas Most Shocking' is the seventh installment featuring the sleuthing skills of Harry and his charmingly conniving wife Emmie. Even so, it is a wonderful place to start, as it contains all the elements that have made this such a winning series. The Washington D. C. of 1906 is vividly and convincingly drawn, Harry and Emmie are surrounded by and involved with some truly astounding characters, the story is masterfully plotted, and Stewart can be relied upon to take some interesting literary risks (mostly successful) while still delivering a solid mystery that will be enjoyed by fans of the genre.
This installment reintroduces the Countess von Schurrenberg and the young Sesbania, first encountered in 'Kalorama Shakedown.'. The murder of the Countess' husband is what necessitates an investigation. Add in illicit involvements, coded messages, a police sergeant who thinks he's Sherlock Holmes, misdirections galore (some of them orchestrated by Emmie), not to mention an aphrodesiac, and you have quite a romp. This one also takes us more deeply into the dynamics of the relationship between Harry and Emmie, always the most compelling element in these stories. In one of those literary risks I alluded to earlier, Sesbania becomes an important point of view character, narrating most of the last half of the novel. Through her perceptions and revelations, actions and motives (including Emmie's) are illuminated in a convincing way. As I mentioned, I think this is mostly successful.
All in all, 'A Christmas Most Shocking' is a wonderfully entertaining addition to a terrific series. Highly recommended!
I love Robert Bruce Stewart's books. They are entertaining and inventive. It is so nice to have a fun read during the holidays.
The change in format kept me on my toes. The first part of the book is told from Harry's point of view and the second part is written from Sesbania, the precocious con-artist's, who is also a guest of the Countess for the holidays.
Harry details his efforts and theories to solve the shocking murder of one of the household members. Sesbania, then fills in some very shocking details that clarify the events in the house and provide the reader with the information to properly interpret the clues and actions of all the those in residence.
It was quick and fun to read as the action keeps things moving at a brisk pace. A perfect way to escape the stress of the season.
In his enjoyable prose, we first get a story told through the perspective and experiences of Harry, the linchpin of the series. Harry figures out part of what's going on; but there are forces at work he could not possibly keep on top of. Next, the book gives an account of those other forces through the voice of their main protagonist, presented in the form of a letter written a few years afterward. This is a somewhat unique way to present a novel, and Stewart pulls it off easily.
All in all, "A Christmas Most Shocking" in yet another fun addition to an already good series of humorous mysteries.