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Wagstaff And Meatballs (Professor Wagstaff Mysteries) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 3, 2017
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Berkin's (Cut to Wagstaff, 2012) second Wagstaff adventure pits his protagonist against the Rhode Island mob.
High-spirited, high-stakes mayhem fills every page; there are nonstop scrapes and chases, wise-guy jokes, and references to everything from The Gong Show to Star Trek, The Godfather, and even the 1990 film The Freshman. Berkin's story is preposterous and his leading man improbable--but the novel's endearing goofiness makes this a winning combination. Film buffs will love spotting the various movie references (and Wagstaff's disquisition on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window), while action fans will find plenty here to raise their heart rates. Readers shouldn't read this book while hungry, though, as Wagstaff's most intense nostalgia is for Rhode Island cuisine--all described in detail that will leave readers drooling.
Wacky, worldly Wagstaff is a winner.
- Kirkus Reviews
A detective/mystery/comedy that would make two of its inspirations (Groucho and Providence's own SJ Perelman) proud. - MotifRI
About the Author
Jim Berkin, the alter-ego of Professor Wagstaff, originally hails from Rhode Island and now lives in Southern California. In between far too many years of drinking, gambling & cat petting, he’s taught film & television, along with more history and pop culture courses than there’s room to list here. This is the second novel in the Professor Wagstaff mystery series. Ongoing updates from the Berkin/Wagstaff perspective can be followed at www.jimberkin.com And stop following him or he’ll have you arrested.
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The narrator, a private detective, travels to Providence to for a college homecoming and gets tangled up in the start of a mob war. The iconic food of Rhode Island is an appealing plot device, and descriptions of many of Rhode Island's places make this book well suited as a fictional travel guide. If you have spent any time in Rhode Island, the author's dry and witty humor will make you nostalgic. If you have not yet been to Rhode Island, this book will give you some great ideas for your first trip.