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The Bughouse Affair by Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller

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Watch out, San Francisco, private investigators Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are on the case. With 1890 San Francisco as a backdrop, the two investigators in The Bughouse Affair pursue separate cases. Carpenter is hot on the trail of a pickpocket or "dip" while Quincannon is after a home invader.

The two investigators travel from one side of the city to the other in pursuit of the law breakers and eventually the two seemingly unrelated cases become intertwined. The authors use many of the famous landmarks of San Francisco as part of the story. The Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, and the still infamous Tenderloin all play significant parts in the solving of the crimes.

A mysterious English gentleman claiming to be Sherlock Holmes manages to insert himself into the investigations creating some amount of mayhem and comic relief. It is clear that John Quincannon would like more than a business relationship with his widowed partner, while Sabina Carpenter appears to only want a business relationship. Will she have dinner with John?

Roxanne @ Central

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