Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s (A Classic Cozy--with Romance!)
“My new curiosity is burglary.When a few girls get divorced they return to varsity, i presumed. a few do volunteer paintings on the sanatorium, or ... have affairs with irrelevant men."
(That's early within the e-book. in a while, she works the guy in too.)
"Wickedly delicious... What makes (Thompson's) ebook so relatively excellent is how it accomplishes the detective novel's covert venture of city research and social criticism." -San Francisco Examiner
"(Thompson) is aware how one can create that feel of position that's so vital to any novel, yet really to crime fiction; her characters are plausible males and women in a true world..." --P.D. James
First comes divorce, then comes murder…
…or a minimum of candy ideas of homicide. Maggie Longstreet has lots of them after slimy, bold Richard trades her in for a newer version. She’s so depressed she will be able to slightly get away from bed while Larry Hawkins, a possible not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide abruptly. unexpectedly Maggie is going on excessive alert, remembering anything her evil ex stated approximately Larry—something hugely suspicious.
And from there, it really is only a brief segué to a bracing new development:
“When a few girls get divorced they return to college, i assumed. a few do volunteer paintings on the clinic, or sign up for communes and discover ways to beginning calves. a few have affairs with beside the point males. My new curiosity is housebreaking. Maggie Longstreet, former spouse and mom, previous president of the Museum Guild, now beginning a profession as a second-story woman.”
Fortunately, Maggie isn’t on my own in her adventure—a very beautiful, a lot more youthful guy proves much more enjoyable than Richard ever used to be. in reality, the true satisfaction of this witty, sly secret is seeing Maggie come alive back after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has slightly that Mad males consider of girls close to anything giant. And thoroughly unforeseen.
You recognize Maggie’s going to be ok whilst she says: “I’d quite have had a type of lovable little weapons with a mother-of-pearl deal with, yet this (diamond pin) must do. I hid it in my hand. no less than now i used to be armed—or pinned.”
eager to get the whole lot over with, i began out instantly. Bernal Heights was once precisely within the path I’d simply come from. As I drove south on Van Ness street once more, earlier the opera residence and the lavish vehicle dealerships, it happened to me that I’d spent extra time south of industry long ago days than I had within the past years. The site visitors wasn’t undesirable, and in twenty mins or so i used to be parking on Barton highway, around the road from the quantity Susanna had given me.
Approval from Redevelopment and the Board of Supervisors.” Andrew scratched his beard. “Maggie, I’ll wager there’s whatever there. i think it in my intestine. The Golden nation middle is the largest venture Basic’s ever gotten into. in the event that they had Richard in there leaning on humans for them—” “Using his impression to get the Golden kingdom middle via? In go back for what?” Andrew shrugged. “I don’t recognize. I want that rattling folder hadn’t disappeared.” because the evening sooner than, a concept had nibbled on the.
something from me from now on, Richard. You intentionally gave up that privilege.” Richard squared off to stand me. “First you come back to my place of work and make an irrational scene approximately being undefined. Then I listen that you’re operating round with my enemies, those that are looking to wreck me. to place it bluntly, i feel you’re ailing. moreover, seeing that what you’re doing without delay issues me, I deserve an explanation.” So i used to be unwell. inflicting hassle for Richard made me ipso facto unbalanced. “Don’t get self-righteous.
To break out. It appeared that I were sitting for days during this little room with a plate of chilly calamari in entrance of me, hearing motives and accusations. the realm outdoors— Giles, the diners who have been most likely having fun with dinner at Arturo’s, the town of San Francisco, the bay, the hills— looked like an most unlikely myth created by way of somebody whose international used to be bounded through a Champagne bucket and a crimson plush couch. I stood up. “Let’s go,” I stated to Andrew. “Wait a second,” Richard acknowledged. “What are.
was once Inspector Fred Bosworth of the San Francisco Police division. I watched him ring Richard’s bell. while the door opened, he stated, “We’re trying to find Richard Longstreet,” and the 2 males stepped inside of. I leaned opposed to the windowsill, puzzling over what Bosworth sought after with Richard. Bosworth have been engaged on the Corelli case. probably he desired to query Richard approximately Corelli. That needs to be it. but why might Bosworth appear to question Richard approximately Corelli this night? He had had time to determine.