Crossings

Crossings It s the spring of and Harry Reese is seeking a link between the apparent suicide of an insurance agent and the untimely deaths of two of his clients In the meantime his wife Emmie is planting v

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It s the spring of 1901 and Harry Reese is seeking a link between the apparent suicide of an insurance agent and the untimely deaths of two of his clients In the meantime, his wife Emmie is planting vague rumors of murder in an effort to gain a desirable apartment.To solve this case, Harry s obliged to visit a miscellany of vice dens, including dive saloons, gamblingIt s the spring of 1901 and Harry Reese is seeking a link between the apparent suicide of an insurance agent and the untimely deaths of two of his clients In the meantime, his wife Emmie is planting vague rumors of murder in an effort to gain a desirable apartment.To solve this case, Harry s obliged to visit a miscellany of vice dens, including dive saloons, gambling parlors, and a brothel not to mention the state of New Jersey while crooked cops, opportunistic con men, and his eccentric wife do what they can to mislead him.

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  1. I loved the main protagonist Harry, right from the start. Here we have an insurance investigator who doesn't take himself too seriously, but that said, make no mistake, there's some SERIOUS investigating to do! and he does it so well. I wasn't sure about Emmie ( his partner in crime ) initially, but as the story unfolded I realised that the two of them bounced off each other perfectly, really complemented each other, and gave the story some amusing moments which added to the enjoyment of it. I a [...]

  2. Harry Reese is called in to investigate seemingly normal insurance claims with some very peculiar circumstances. An independent insurance broker always worked within a particular area except for two cases where he insured people outside of his usual place of operations. These two people in question died one after the other in unrelated accidents. Soon after this the broker committed a suicide. Do you think it is too much of a coincidence? So did Harry Reese's boss. So did his wife who promptly j [...]

  3. It had a promising start. But then the wife character was introduced. I don't know if Emmie is meant to be a necessary side-kick or the brains in the family, but her character is incredibly annoying. This is my first reading from Stewart, and perhaps Emmie has been introduced elsewhere. Plot itself is not spectacular, but sufficiently interesting. I have decided not to read any more from Harry Reese series. This book is a turn-off.

  4. I was given this book by the author in exchange for a review. Many thanks to Robert Bruce Stewart! That being said, the following is my considered review of the book.This is the second book I have read from the Harry Reese Mysteries series. I loved this novel which, in keeping with the series, is highly entertaining with its lively, tongue-in-cheek, witty style. It is an unusual combination of mystery and comedy set in the USA during the turn of the last century which cleverly draws the reader i [...]

  5. Emmie Reese (wife) was telling Harry Reese (27, husband) that Mr. Ahearn (janitor) could have been the murderer. The apartment they now live in was once a crime scene. Harry worked for Gotham Insurance Bureau (GIB, William, St Manhattan, NY).William Huber (26, son, Williamsburg, NY, insurance agent) died. Robert “Rob” Barclay (36, stock broker) was found dead also. Then Christopher Farrell (43, drummer) slipped/fell onto the 6th. Ave L tracks. It seems all of a sudden there were to many life [...]

  6. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Here it is.This book is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek but the humor is too dry. The title is "Crossings" and that's what I mostly read, what ferry Harry took, which way he walked, when he took the L and when he caught a "car". I lost interest pretty quickly and was going to give up and then Emmie, Harry's wife, suddenly appeared in the investigation and I found myself laughing and enjoying the book! She brought light, humor and interest to [...]

  7. I received my copy of 'Crossings' from the author after entering the 'First Reads' contests.This is a delightful, witty and sophisticated mystery set in New York City at the turn of the last century. The novel runs on the relationship between married sleuths, Harry and Emmie Reese. The novel is domestic, but decidedly un-cozy. It is unsentimental without being the least bit hard boiled. I will admit that, for the first few chapters, Emmie was rather annoying. She follows her husband everywhere, [...]

  8. Yeah, OK, I Guess. I'm sorry I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the other books both in this series and the Emmie series that I have read. I didn't find it quite as humourous although I did have a few smiles and chuckles along the way but my biggest problem was the cast of thousands and a way too many cases going on at the same time. I had a very hard time trying to keep track of who was who and I'm still not absolutely sure of who was the actual murderer but that just may be because I st [...]

  9. Insurance investigator Harry Reese has been hired to look into some suspicious, insured deaths. With the sometimes dubious assistance of his wife Emmie, Harry explores the not-so-secret underworld of gambling in 1901 New York, covering everything from "pool room" horse betting shops to the stock exchange. He uncovers many things, including a fraud and murder conspiracy and the fact that Emmie knows more about the gambling scene than is probably good for either of them."Crossings" is an excellent [...]

  10. Great cover gives clue to humor of author. Now who could resist a period mystery with charming lead characters? Story moves quickly with enough intrigue to keep reader guessing. Stewart has created a pair of detectives you will continue following in years to come. Found myself moving to next books as enjoyed this one so much.

  11. Harry Reese, an insurance investigator in the 1900's looks into the recent multiple deaths by suicide and 'accidents'. Suspicions arise when he finds that they are all processed by the same life insurance agent who has committed suicide. In this book, his wife Emmie once again reprises her role as Solver of mysteries/Saboteur. Her role somewhat reprises the roles of the wives of those suicide/accident victims ---- did they contribute to the deaths of their husbands to recieve insurance money??? [...]

  12. Got the book because I like historical novels/mysteries and this was an interesting era. Unfortunately, not really that historical -- other than a few minor aspects it could have taken place in modern NYC and the context of everyone's lives and what was going on in the city and country were barely mentioned. Further, as a mystery, it was flat. Various people go places, ask people questions, and the pace and rhythm are deadly slow. The characters are also not very interesting. The protagonist is [...]

  13. I think this is more a 2 1/2 star for me. I found the characters amusing and kept visualizing them as a British detective show or something. The marital relationship reminded me of the characters in The Thin Man (with less drinking but more gambling). But I felt bogged down in the story. So many characters made it hard for me to keep track of who was which And who was actually guilty. I had to do the wrap it up chapter three times to get a grasp on who dunnit. And I still wouldn't be able to tel [...]

  14. Harry is working a regular job writing a manual until a simple case comes up. He wont be working for a bonus, but hes happy with the deal. An agent commits suicide and shortly after two of his very recent life policies are dead. Taken as a whole these mundane things spark an interest. Harry is set to investigate. Instead he learns about gambling, Emmie's school friends, and stock manipulation. Very interesting. Better developed characters in this one and still many convoluted threads

  15. Who done itThis is not normally the type of book I read and reading it reminded me why. While the main characters, Harry and Emma, were amusing, there were too many characters and it was difficult for me to keep track and to keep interested. The ending did provide a surprise on 'who done it' which author did a good job tying it together.

  16. Crossing off my list“The Thin Man” came to mind as I read this book. Not as sophisticated, and not the same time period, but the idea was there. The reader needs to keep a list of the characters in order to keep them all straight, as well as a knowledge of slang terms for vices of the period. Harry Reese is likeable as a character so the book is okay for a throw away read.

  17. Three stars is maybe a bit generous. Harry investigates suspected insurance fraud. The writing style is pedantic and uninteresting. The characters are two dimensional. The plot was sort of interesting, but not enough. Harry's wife, Emmie adds some interest and humor, and may have saved the book, if most of what she did to support the investigation wasn't so hidden from the reader.

  18. What fun! A rather surprising duo for protagonists, but you love them immediately. Historic in places and interesting because of those references. Light-hearted, quick moving, and plot twisting. If you like P. G. Wodehouse I think you will like this author.

  19. I really liked Kalorama Shakedown so expected to like this, too. Somehow, it didn't have the same level of Thin Man répartée as the other book. I see at the very end I've read them out of order, so perhaps this was just the warm-up.

  20. Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

  21. There were too many characters. I just could not follow this book. I almost abandoned it, but pushed on to the end It never came together for me. At least it was not predictable!

  22. This is the second offering in the Harry Reese Mysteries series and, after reading and reviewing the third book in this series I decided to backtrack to the second.Everything that made the characters so appealing and likeable in Kalorama Shakedown is here in this novel which makes this yet another enjoyable standalone read, as well as an equally well written part of a series. The characters are still portrayed as normal people, and I feel it is this trait that the Author manages to consistently [...]

  23. Another very enjoyable read! I am writing this review in return for receiving this book from the author.Insurance fraud investigator Harry Reese is looking into the matter of insurance agent's suicide and the possible coincidence it may have with the suspicious deaths of two clients he recently insured. As soon as you open the book, you're on your way down the rabbit hole! There seems to be an unending list of characters and suspects, but I didn't find myself being too confused by it. The story [...]

  24. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written and edited (it's self published so it's nice to see some time and effort put into the latter).I like the character of Harry and mostly enjoyed the mystery. There were a lot of characters and because I often read in bits and pieces between other books, it was sometimes hard to keep up with who each character was and how they fit in the big picture.I found Emmie a bit hard to take. Maybe women really were like that, but she's really just no [...]

  25. Thank you very much to Robert Bruce Stewart for a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.Another Emmie and Harry Reese mystery (comedy). Turn of the 20th century insurance investigator and his liberated wife find death and solve crimes in a uniquely "Emmie" way.I vacillated between 3 or 4 stars, since 3.5 isn't an option. I rounded up largely due to the fact that I love these characters, the narrator's (Harry in this case) is strong, and it's not the books fault that neither the stock [...]

  26. I am a New York history buff and was excited when I discovered this book in the Kindle Lending Library. Turn of the 20th century New York mystery stories seemed like they'd be right up my alley. While I did feel that the book attempted to conjure up some NY scenes like the streetcars, restaurants, gambling parlors and racetracks, for the most part, I found the characters and the story-line somewhat tedious. The relationship between the main character and his wife I believe was intended to be som [...]

  27. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a delightful, witty and sophisticated mystery, that takes place in the early 1900's. the locations are descriptive and give an interesting insight to the reader of life in this era.Insurance fraud investigator Harry Reese is hired to look into some suspicious, insured deaths.Harry Reese and his wife Emmie need to figure out the insurance policy fraud, before more "suicides" occur. Emmie follows her husband everywhere, wanting to be p [...]

  28. William Huber is dead. Two of his life-insured clients are found dead too. Harry Reese tries to solve the mystery and to find out what happened. As much as he goes into this case other people are discovered dead or missing. It seems that corrupt cops and agents along with family members of the dead and missing people are involved.I find it interesting to discover what is going on in 1901’s Manhattan’s life when big amount of money is at stake, gambling people involved and life insurance poli [...]

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