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Russian Roulette

A book by E E Smith in the Alexis Smith series

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Another Fun Tale Starring One of the First Female Gumshoes

  • May 21, 2014

This review is based on an advanced copy received from the writer's publicist but relects my own opinion.

I had already reviewed and greatly enjoyed Death By Misadventure, the first in the author's Alexis Smith novels.  So when I was presented with reviewing this work, I jumped at the chance.  I was not disappointed.  This book is a fairly quick read and is divided into two tales.  Alexis must first solve the theft of many high end fashion items from a very exclusive department store and then it is off to England for intrigue related to a Russian Count (who happens to be the last living relative of the Tsars).

I love the author's writing style as she has managed to capture the narrative of how books were actually written in the 1940's.  The writing is such that Alexis is always polite and as she does her first person narrative she can describe a gruesome scene as if it is an everyday occurence.  When she confronts the "villians" she always tries to find a way to "lessen" their penalties or make the reader feel that the villian is not really bad but one who made a bad choice.

While in England Alexis once again get a chance to work with Harry.  At the end of the first book there was a hint that they may become romantically involved but something happened between them in the second book (which I have not had the privilege to read) and now they are on more "business-like" terms.

Alexis must also confront Frank Farraday's parents (Frank was a key character in the first book).  They want to treat Alexis like a daugther and keep insisting that she come to parties where Frank's painting of her will be on display.

All in all a fun quick read and I look forward to further adventures of Alexis.

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August 02, 2014
Hello, Michael.... just stopping by
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Thanks William! Your positngs are greatly missed!
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Back in Sacramento again, where the sign on the door of her detective agency reads ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries, Lexie finds that her old room at Mrs. Snidely's Establishment for Young Ladies (a fancy name for a boardinghouse) has been let to someone else while she was away on a case in England. The new tenant is supposedly a ballerina, and a defector from the Russian Bolshoi, seeking political asylum in this country. But is she? Lexie doubts the story and begins to investigate, determined to get at the truth, while ignoring the danger to herself.
With that case successfully concluded, she is free to accept another assignment from her friend Inspector Harry Hawkins at Scotland Yard. The case sounds bizarre from the beginning, but gets more so with each turn of events. It seems that a Russian count, a nephew of the late Tzar Nicholas II, is living in exile in Oxfordshire, with his young American bride. In Harry's opinion, the countess is more than a little mad, demanding that Scotland Yard recover her dog, a Russian wolfhound, which she claims has been stolen by—of all people—Humphrey Bogart! It will take all of Lexie's skill and unflinching determination to connect the dots, right up to the deadly conclusion.
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