Books like these often make me want to travel back in time to see what life was like. Wild Wild West is the way of this novel, and I love it! Garnick & Paschal is a detective agency in Chicago that takes on some unusual cases, but they do their best to find all facts and are fair, although the other unusual thing about them, is that one is a female and Irish at that and one is an ex-Confederate POW. Often mistaken as Garnick’s secretary, Paschal a.k.a. Mrs. Quinn Sinclair and Garnick quickly find themselves tangled in a mess of cases that are all too mingled to seem a coincidence.
Garnick and Sinclair use their strengths to fluff out witnesses and to search for more names in the case of a fire where father and daughter perished, and quickly obtain information for another case they just took on of a man accused of murder. Soon the two also find themselves in the midst of gunfire and wonder if someone wants to stop them before they hardly have gotten started.
Finding themselves in seedy areas of the post war Chicago, they use Sinclair to their advantage being a woman, to insert herself into situations to obtain information and often Garnick has to swoop in to get them out of sticky situations, but in the end they find the answers they need, albeit it’s not an easy maze of pointing fingers, witnesses, he said she said, and shady characters that don’t want themselves found out.
I loved that this novel took off without a hitch, and you were in a whirlwind of the two cases and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Thank you to the author for the free novel, I will be reading more of these as I am curious to see where Garnick and Sinclair go from here. I also love reading about woman in roles that were seen as a mans world only, and how they often used it to their advantage. Thank you also to HFVBT for the invite!
Devil by the Tail: A Garnick & Paschal Mystery
by Jeanne Matthews
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
D X Varos, Ltd
Genre: Historical Mystery
What’s a 20-something Union war widow to do in 1867? Start up her own detective agency with a former Reb P.O.W. of course!
Quinn Sinclair, who uses the name Mrs. Paschal professionally, and her wryly observant partner Garnick get two cases on the same day – one to help a man prove he didn’t kill his wife, another to help a lawyer find reasonable doubt that his client killed her ex-lover’s new bride. As the detectives dig deeper, they unearth facts that tie the cases together in disturbing ways.
This tantalizing tale of 19th Century Chicago comes complete with corrupt politicians, yellow-press reporters, gambling parlors, and colorful bawdyhouse madams. At every turn in the investigation, Quinn discovers more suspects and more secret motives for murder.
Not least among her worries, someone seems intent on murdering her!
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About the Author
Jeanne Matthews graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. An avid traveler and crime fiction reader, she is the author of the Dinah Pelerin international mystery series. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband, who is a law professor, and a Norwich terrier named Jack Reacher.
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