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Vanishing in the Haight (1) (A Colleen Hayes Mystery) Hardcover – August 20, 2019
"An American Duchess" by Caroline Fyffe
A woman’s heart dares to defy the rules of Victorian society in USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe’s novel of romance, royalty, and a little revenge. | Learn more
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608093417
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608093410
- Product Dimensions : 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Publisher : Oceanview Publishing; None edition (August 20, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, I very much enjoyed Tomlinson’s writing, which I found to be crisp and concise - always a good thing!
Next, there was quite a nice cold-case puzzle, with clues to find and leads to follow up, which kept my procedural side engaged. And, it was sort of fun to remember what things were like back when you had to have a dime for the pay phone, background information had to be looked for in a library or archive, xerox copiers weren’t a given, and leg-work literally meant leg-work. Also, since I lived near San Francisco in the late 60s/late 70s, I really enjoyed the period descriptions of the city, many of which felt quite familiar.
I also thought Tomlinson did a nice job of the noir-ish elements in this story. In general, I’m not that thrilled by angsty noir protagonists struggling against cover-ups by powerful people above. But, although Colleen Hayes fits a lot of the profile of a classic noir protagonist, she’s enough different (female, pretty calm, a survivor of a long prison term after killing her abusive ex, trying to re-establish a relationship with the daughter that the ex had abused) that I felt a connection with her. And so I found myself hoping not only that she would find the killer, but that things would work out for her personally.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series soon. Please note that for me, 4 stars out of 5 is a really good ranking, and means I really do recommend the book. I just try to fight “star-flation” a little bit, so I reserve 5 stars for a very few absolute favorite books that I am going to read and re-read again and again - probably no more than one in thirty or forty books that I read gets 5-stars from me. But if I could have given this a 4 1/2, I would have! And finally, my thanks to Edelweiss and Ocean View Publishing for the advance review copy, which was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
I think the author gets all the details well - right down to prices and radio stations. Colleen chases down clues, asks questions, and follows her gut -- all those details and more are the hallmarks of a good detective novel. It gets wrapped up in the end, and I am looking forward to reading more in the series.