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The Perplexed Pumpkin (A Nick Williams Mystery) (Volume 5) Paperback – January 24, 2017
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Which after all this is about this book. Hearst papers are looking for any way to embarrass or discriminate Nick Williams. They try entrapment, they set gossip, they use their influence to try and chip away any semblance of security Nick Williams sets in place. But Nick Williams keeps on going, eyes wide open and supported by and incredible back bench of supporters. Each book in this series is a positive note in an era of incredible negative out put. Each book is a gem. This one is a little thin but perfect within the space he is building in this series!
But saga isn’t the right word, because these books all feel intimate and neighborly. Despite the troubles that Nick and Carter encounter, Nick is nothing less than a gay superhero, and manages to save the day while making life better for LGBT people – long before initials were ever conceived for the fractured community in which I live.
The crux of this juicy little book is a Hallowe’en part that Nick’s office manager Robert wants to co-host with his new boyfriend, Joe. As the party preparations get increasingly complex, Nick begins to worry.
The great joy of this series is Frank Butterfield’s attention to detail, and his strict adherence to optimism. He captures the language and the style of the 1950s, but he gives Nick the ability to conquer any and all obstacles thrown at him by the homophobic world, from the police to the newspapers. He also gives us a beautiful, loving relationship in Nick and Carter, and sets them as the exemplar for the embattled little community they are building in San Francisco.
For a book this small, there sure is a lot going on—incidences that tweak your emotions left and right, while piquing your curiosity the whole way.
Bravo Mr. Butterfield! Bravo!
The appearance of L & M cigarettes in this story was very visceral for me. My dad smoked them all through my childhood, long before we knew about second hand smoke! "L & M King Sized Soft Pack" is what he would order when we went in the store together to buy them. When he was flush, he'd buy a carton, not just a pack. He always got a carton for Christmas and I gave them to him well into my young adulthood until science and my conscience made me stop. L & M s and a bottle of brandy were my Christmas gifts to him for many years. I can still hear the cellophane covering the pack being opened. For what it's worth, I lived in the Castro, around the corner from Nick and Carter, during those years (mid to late 70s) and purchased them in the gayborhood.
As this was a novella I lowered the rating to 4 stars.... I love this series and wanted more.