The Bags of Tricks Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery (Hardcover)
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This is book number 6 in the Carpenter and Quincannon series.
The Bags of Tricks Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series.
A conman always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what’s left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives.
When one such case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent. The threat leaves John Quincannon deeply concerned for Sabina’s safety, but there’s no rest for the wicked and so the crime-solving duo must split up to tackle two separate con games, run by two villains with deadly bags of tricks at hand.
And when Sabina’s life is put in danger, John must rush to save her while grappling with the terrifying realization of exactly how much she means to him.
The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries:
#1 The Bughouse Affair
#2 The Spook Lights Affair
#3 The Body Snatchers Affair
#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair
#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair
#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair
About the Author
Bill Pronzini's novel, Snowbound, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. A Wasteland of Strangers was nominated for best crime novel of 1997 by both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers Association; in addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.
Praise for the Carpenter and Quincannon Series:
“This fast-moving novel offers plenty of fun.”—Publishers Weekly on The Bags of Tricks Affair
"Four stars. The plotting is great fun."—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on The Plague of Thieves Affair
“Those who enjoy historical mysteries are in for a particular treat with this delightful new series featuring two intrepid detectives who solve their cases using different but equally effective methods.” —Booklist on The Bughouse Affair
"Readers will enjoy the historical details as they ponder the cases and wonder about the Carpenter-Quincannon relationship."—Booklist on The Body Snatchers Affair
"Historical mystery readers will enjoy this well-researched story from a pair of always reliable genre veterans."—Booklist on The Spook Lights Affair
"A doubly impossible crime only adds to the enjoyable plot"—Publishers Weekly on The Bughouse Affair
“An intriguing mystery.”—Publishers Weekly on The Spook Lights Affair