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that two New s finest private investigators in 1946 are Lillian Pentecost a late middle aged woman fighting against the encroaching enfeeblement of multiple sclerosis and her investigator young Willowjean Parker aka Will Will is a young woman who ran away from home at 15 joined the circus and was eventually taken on by Pentecost as her proteg Pentecost is hired to investigate the murder of Abigail Collins the widow of industrialist Al Collins who committed suicide the previous year The murder takes place in the Collins mansion during a Halloween party Mrs Collins has set up a fortune teller in the study to work the party and late in the evening she is found there bludgeoned with the crystal ball in the locked studyThe size of the party gives Pentecost and Will a lot of suspects to examine But in addition to the usual minutiae of following movements and alibis they focus on motives and backgrounds And boy there sure is a lot to look at including family and business secrets Will s job is complicated by her attraction to Mrs Collins s wild child of a daughter RebeccaThis is a sort of period hardboiled private detective story with a twist or two One twist is that the PIs are women another that Will is gay Both Pentecost and Will are appealing characters which helps paper over some of the weaknesses of the book including the sketchy period details a sprinkling of anachronisms and too many mysteries crammed into one caseNot a standout but worth reading What a fun mystery read into 1940s NYC I love the strong female leads and the well paced story Definitely a great read I am not an avid mystery reader but the Girl in the Dragon Tattoo sort of turned me on to them and I will admit I ve been seeking them out and Fortune Favors the Dead is a hat tip Sherlock and Watson but that s where the comparison stops This book held nothing back it started with an unconventional main lead and it just ept going Will Parker a girl who ran away to join the circus took to the life like a fish to water She wrung everything bit of nowledge out of the circus and that s what helped her land the job of a lifetime with an eually unconventional private detective Will is the narrator but this is of her story than her trying to capture Lillian Pentecost s story and I liked that bit Often times in the buddy detective stories its all about the uncanny crime solving ability of the detective and the narrator is just the sidekick along to witness the brilliance of the detective This was a welcome departure of that standard trope Will Parker was straight forward and easy going No purple prose or over wrought descriptions However the story could have been anchored a little in the setting and the time We don t get a lot of novels in the 1940s that aren t war stories or survivor diaries It just seemed like surface descriptions of the setting and not from someone lived and breathed the 1940s New York The story did drag just a bit and maybe two of three chapters could have been taken out and the novel would still have flowed and gotten to its end just the same Overall this was an enjoyable read that I hope to see from this duo in the future Good news mystery readers your new favorite sleuthing duo has arrived on the scene Lillian Pentecost an elegant lady detective is not as steady on her feet as she used to be so she enlists the uniue skills of Willowjean Parker formerly of the traveling circus and together they take on New York City s most baffling cases FORTUNE FAVORS THE DEAD is a refreshing update to a classic Golden Age mystery serving hard boiled thrills and laugh out loud wit with charm and panache A fantastic read Great romp of a mystery in 1940s New YorkInstead of Sam Spade you have two female Private Investigators Great characters and lots of smart twistsHope this one is the start of a new seriesLoved it45 The word that comes to mind to describe For. Introducing Pentecost and Parker two unconventional female detectives who couldn’t care less about playing by the rules in their cases and in their lives It's 1942 and Willowjean Will Parker is a scrappy circus runaway whose nife throwing skills have just saved the life of New York's best and most unorthodox private investigator Lillian Pentecost When the dapper detective summons Will a few days later she doesn't expect to be offered a life changing proposition Lillian's multiple sclerosis means she can't eep up with her old case load alone so she wants to hire Will to be her right hand woman In. Y to start with Having escaped *FROM HOME SHE MADE THE CIRCUS *home she made the circus her family until they urged her to take the position offered her by the unimposing but famous lady dete You now an author has a offered her by the unimposing but famous lady dete You Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family know an author has a for creating likable characters when only three chapters in you begin mentally writing future scenes involving those characters While none of the scenes I composed while walking my dog came to pass Mr Spotswood s future scenes than compensated Fortune Favors the Dead is an exciting absorbing and sparkling debut that one very much hopes is the foundation of a new seriesIn addition to being filled with terrific characters the novel has a solid mystery told at an unflagging pace a sweet daring for the 1940s romance the reuisite surprises and red herrings and a tone that shifts easily and naturally between light and dark It s all set down by Will Parker our indomitable narrator heroine in snappy colorful page turning proseAs is freuently the case Conan Doyle s template for private detective mystery novels is followed here We have a Holmes Watson Lestrade and even a potential Moriarty though three of Spotswood s four are females and his Lestrade Lieutenant Lazenby is refreshingly far above the clueless inspector and hisin in the genre in competence There s even a version of the Baker Street Irregulars in the Saturday morning visitors Ms Pentecost assists and who in turn provide her with information relating to her cases Interestingly Ms Pentecost is a less clever Holmes but who isn t and her contributions to this murder mystery are generally secondary to those of Miss Parker our Watson But Parker whose love of pulp detective fiction I identify with is much than just a narrator admiringly relating her employer s feats she is unmistakably the star of the show Her immensely engaging personality her resolve and resourcefulness and her mistakes drive the plot and Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel keep our eyes glued to the pagesI was initially drawn to Fortune Favors the Dead when I discovered that Stephen Spotswood is the husband of Jessica Spotswood the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles trilogy which I thoroughly enjoyed Clearly the Muses have favored the Spotswood household I waited in vain for Lillian Pentecost to utter the phrase the spirit moved me I would like to thank Doubleday Books and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of Fortune Favors the Dead in exchange for an honest reviewThis review was also posted on the ReadLove blog I wanted to like this book a lot than I did Willajean Will Parker has been taken under the wing of famous woman detective Lilian Pentecost Pentecost needs a right hand woman to help her with her cases as her multiple sclerosis ofteneeps her from doing all she wants and needs to doThe book begins with their meeting when Will saves Lilian from a iller and Lilian saves Will from being charged by the police The two negotiate a partnership and Lilian begins to teach Will and pay for her training to become a private detective The story then jumps three years to share the case of Abigail Collins who died in a locked room the same room where her husband had died a year before I loved the fact that Will is a lesbian and is comfortable in her skin wearing suits or men s clothes as much as she can The friendship between Will and Lilian is one I enjoyed reading sometimes Will is like a daughter worrying about Lilian and other times they are eual colleagues working together to solve the mystery There is another same sex relationship in the book but sharing it would be a big spoilerHowever the writing style of Spotswood wasn t my favorite It could be that I don t love hard boiled mysteries and this is supposed to be an homage to that style of writing The characters use slang and language that is typical of the 1940s and sometimes that interrupted my reading rhythm The story was good but not great At first I wasn t enad #of the characters but they grew on me I would read another book #the characters but they grew on me I would read another book Will and Lilian but wouldn t rush to read the next one or pre order it. That's easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead a seductive spiritualist and Becca Collins the beautiful daughter of the deceased who Will uickly starts falling for When Will and Becca's relationship dances beyond the professional Will finds herself in dangerous territory and discovers she may have become the murderer's next targetA wildly charming and fast paced mystery written with all the panache of 1940s New York Fortune Favors the Dead is a fresh homage to Holmes and Watson reads like the best of Dashiell Hammett and introduces an audacious detective duo for the ages.imagines that two
Read & download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Û Stephen SpotswoodTune Favors the Dead is delightful I am a consummate consumer of *All Mysteriessuspense Novelsthrillers And *mysteriessuspense novelsthrillers and novel was such a wonderful change of pace because of its setting It is in fact a mystery and what makes it so special are the two heroines of the novel I can only hope that this will be the first in an exciting new seriesThe stars of the book are Lillian Pentecost a female Sherlock Holmes who lives to get to the truth of a mystery and to help those in need like poor and abused wives She s obviously well off of a certain age and suffers with MS At the beginning of the novel which is set in NYC in 1942 Lillian meets a young woman named Willowjean Parker aka Will Will left an abusive home as a teenager and took up with a small traveling circus She s mucked stalls assisted the magician learned to throw nives and can even walk a tightrope Lillian is taken with Will s ingenuity and uick thinking and she asks her to join her private investigation practice as an apprentice the Watson to Lillian s HolmesThe story in Fortune Favors the Dead is being written by Will It is a closed door mystery wherein a wealthy #woman Abigail Collins has planned a seance conducted by one Ariel Belestrade as the highlight # Abigail Collins has planned a seance conducted by one Ariel Belestrade as the highlight her annual Halloween party During the seance Ms Belestrade channels the late Mr Collins and after the seance Abigail Collins is found bludgeoned to death by a crystal ball in her husband s locked office Lillian Pentecost is subseuently hired by the Collins children and their godfather to solve this locked door mystery where the only suspect is the ghost of Abigail s deceased husband Lillian and Will are delightful characters and the mystery is clever and fast paced The book is written in the fashion of a Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane with a sense of humor but it never comes across as dated I loved every word and can t wait for My thanks to NetGalley and Doubleday for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review Fortune Favors the Dead will be published on October 27 2020 right in time for Halloween After years as a roadie in the circus Willowjean Parker aka Will has learned some valuable skills she puts to good use as the protege of private detective Lillian Pentecost Now they are faced with their most difficult case when after a Halloween party featuring a spiritualist and plenty of booze the wealthy hostess is found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball in a locked room in fact the same room and chair in which her husband had committed suicide the previous year Could her husband s death have been murder and could his ghost be back for revengeFortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotsworth is set in New York during the 1940s and harkens back to the classic locked room mysteries of the golden era with a nice touch of 40s noir It is also hard not to see a nod to Sherlock None of this is bad There s plenty of action to Greenes Farevvell to Follie Sent to Courtiers and Scholers, as a President to Warne Them from the Vaine Delights, That Drawes Youth on to Repentance. 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(1617) keep the story moving as well as an intriguing puzzle toeep the reader guessing My one criticism although the story was set in 1945 there is little of the era evident no mention for example of the war and given the presence of several lgbt characters very little about the cruel morality laws of the period There was a mention near the end of some earlier historical events like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire but since it occurred in 1911 it seemed an odd historical choice especially given its use here Admittedly though I m a history buff this is really just nitpickingOverall however I uite enjoyed the book The story moved fast enough to Dare To Be Hero keep my interest throughout and I liked the two strong female protagonists as well as a hint of a female Moriarty like nemesis who I suspect and hope will have a bigger role in future books which despite my uibble about history I look forward to reading Thanks to Edelweiss and Doubleday for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review WillowJean Parker has a lot of things in common with Archie Goodwin swift critical thinking and a fun chameleonish personalit. Return Will will receive a salary room and board and training in Lillian's very particular art of investigationThree years later Will and Lillian are on the Collins case Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a big boozy Halloween party at her home her body slumped in the same chair where her steel magnate husband shot himself the year before With rumors flying that Abigail was bumped off by the vengeful spirit of her husband who else could have gotten inside the locked room the family has tasked the detectives with finding answers where the police have failed But.