Friday, April 23, 2010

A CURTAIN FALLS by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur)

The second novel in a series featuring Detective Simon Ziele, Captain Mulvaney and criminologist Alistair Sinclair takes place in New York City during March 1906. A serial killer is targeting chorus girls, dressing them as leading ladies, and posing the bodies on Broadway stages. The author uses early criminal science (not yet fully accepted by the police and courts) and New York politics to create a sense of suspense, and urgency to find the killer before he strikes again. I enjoyed the story as well as the descriptions of 1906 NY. It did make me appreciate how far crime detection has advanced in the past 100 years and how difficult it must have been without the tools we have today. The author does a wonderful job of weaving in the clues and misdirection and bringing it all together at the end.

--Review by Helen Jones
FTC Full Disclosure - book provided by the publisher

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