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Eye of the Agency: A Sadie Greenstreet Mystery

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A book by Richard Moquist

A hopeful little series debut introducing a mildly depressed 19th-century housewife and advice columnist who joins her husband on a Pinkerton case in hopes of being added to the payroll. And is. Horace and Sadie Greenstreet (he dashingly rolls cigarettes; … see full wiki

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Author: Richard Moquist
Publisher: St Martins Pr
1 review about Eye of the Agency: A Sadie Greenstreet Mystery

Vivid historical series

  • Sep 3, 2000
"It should have been, to paraphrase Dickens, the best of times, and, though it was far from the worst, I could not help but feel something was missing. Life had taken a turn some years back -- a sudden turn, like a leaf just off the rapids finding itself among a hundred other leaves in slow-moving backwater. I was just now beginning to see that life is best on the rapids."

Those who want to see what is possible to accomplish with a historical mystery need look no further than Richard Moquist's debut novel involving Sadie Greenstreet, the discontented wife of a Pinkerton agent who gets a chance to investigate a steamboat slaying on the post-Civil War Mississippi River.

Although happily married and with a career of her own as a Chicago journalist, Sadie knows something is missing. So when her husband is again to be sent away on a mission, she puts her foot down, determined to go along with him. Sent to ensure the safety of a river boat owner being pressured to sell out, she gets an opportunity to see a way of travel slowly being eclipsed by the railroads, and when the owner is found dead, at his writing desk, she gets to try her hand at detecting the not-so-gentle art of murder.

Moquist tells their story briskly and economically, using the vivid vernacular and descriptions from those times in a way that Dianne Day and Elizabeth Peters does not. A generous selection of photographs and illustrations, cleverly mingled among the text, are included. By the end of this tale, Sadie discovers what was missing, and with a telegraph from Alan Pinkerton in hand asking them to investigate a troubled baseball team in Cincinnati, the foundations are laid for an engaging and much-anticipated series.

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