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- Print Length: 282 pages
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- Publisher: Street Car Mysteries (February 2, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5JZN5X
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Whoever reads this review is most probably unfamiliar with the Reeses as the series is sadly relatively unknown. Without the knowledge of their characters the events of the book make exactly zero sense.
The best way to describe Emmie Reese would be to say she resembles Lucy Ricardo - a lot. As everybody even briefly familiar with the classic sitcom knows Lucy always wanted to be in the show. She would do anything to achieve her dream, no matter how crazy or outlandish. Emmie had a different dream: she always wanted to participate in a murder investigation. Her schemes aiming at this purpose make those of Lucy look tame and boring. Sufficient to say at one point she considered creating a dead body (by the most obvious and direct method) because she could not find any murder to investigate.
Harry Reese was an insurance fraud investigator. Poor guy resembles Ricky Ricardo in the sense that he had to equally suffer because of his wife's actions. Unlike Ricky though he did not fight and just went with the flow. In the beginning he did try to resist, but not for long. As a result his actions sometimes rivals those of Emmie in craziness. Takes together these two distort reality (Harry's own expression) and force logic to make hasty retreat in panic.
Now I can try to describe the plot without the fear that in would sound like I used mind-altering drags writing this. Despite what I said about Emmie she completely lost interest in murders spending all her time writing fiction hoping for a big break as a writer. Having one's work published is the biggest obstacle for a new writer wannabe, so she devoted all her energies to get a publisher interested in her work.
It so happened that none other than Henry James (by the way Harry described his books as the best cure for insomnia and having read The Turn of the Screw I completely agree) decided to visit her hometown and give a speech. Such an opportunity was too good to pass, so Emmie announced she wanted to visit her mother. Harry knew right away that something was cooking, but he was broke at the moment and in debt to a gambler who had a <s>gorilla</s> goon in his employ to collect money. First visit from a nice friendly <s>gorilla</s> goon convinced Harry visiting his mother-in-law might not be such a bad idea.
So far so good? It turns out Emmie's mother needed help with her nephews and a niece - I will not waste time describing their problems, but they had them by truckloads. Harry also lucked out (this is what he thought) and found a dead body. He hoped this would be enough to bring Emmie around to investigate, but nothing - and I do mean: nothing - is ever simple with Reeses. Sufficient to say it turned out the body possessed a great deal of mobility.
So we have Harry working on rekindling Emmie interests in crime investigation, him helping her get an invitation to a dinner attended by Henry James, him helping her rival to prevent her from attending the dinner (remember: reality distortion), and him trying to rein in her relatives. This is just Harry's problems. Do not let me started on Emmie's.
All of these already bizarre threads interconnect creating something completely out of this world. As you can guess the book (and the whole series) is strongly character-driven. They are highly humorous with the humor reminding me of P.G. Wodehouse. I laughed probably just two times reading, but chuckled practically non-stop at the absurdity of situations and the fact that they looked practically normal from the right angle.
If you became interested in the series my personal recommendation would be to start with Kalorama Shakedown, however this book can work as a standalone.
I had thought after reading other books in the series that few things could make Emmie-world any odder than it already was. I had not, however, factored in the addition of family members. They say no one can help which family they're born into, though in Emmie's case I think Harry wouldn't mind giving it a try. When her family and her literary ambitions come together, nothing short of a corpse could bring Emmie back down to Earth. Or at least as close to it as she is able to get.
Author Robert Bruce Stewart has found a way to keep the Reese franchise new and interesting, combining just the right amounts of plot, backstory and historical references. He has a knack for setting scenes by putting his characters into them and letting them play out, which keeps the reader engaged without being unnecessarily distracted by description. And with Harry as narrator, it is easy to keep all the players - and between the characters being themselves and posing as others, there are a lot of them - as straight as possible.
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