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The Resource Mildred pierced : a Toby Peters mystery, Stuart M. Kaminsky

Mildred pierced : a Toby Peters mystery, Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Mildred pierced : a Toby Peters mystery
Title
Mildred pierced
Title remainder
a Toby Peters mystery
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Stuart M. Kaminsky
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eng
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ A woman named Mildred is pierced by a bolt from a crossbow in a public park; Joan Crawford, out on an errand before she begins filming Mildred Pierce, witnesses the killing. So, Kaminski’s punny title for the twenty-third Toby Peters mystery perfectly captures the ridiculous (in the best sense of the term) cross-cutting between detection and movie lore that has long been the hallmark of this series. Peters’ career as an ex-cop-current private eye spans a fascinating chunk of Hollywood movie history, from the Depression--Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1977), in which Peters took on the case of an allegedly murderous Munchkin--into World War II. Now, it’s June 1944. Toby is still figuring out the ration points for his boardinghouse landlady and renting office space from the dentist Sheldon Minck. It’s Minck who's in trouble, big time, because he admits shooting the crossbow that killed his wife but insists it was another of his many klutzy accidents. Peters is working for both Minck, who hires him to help prove his innocence, and Joan Crawford, who hires him to keep her name out of the papers. As Peters investigates, he is pulled into a bizarre world of survivalists who want Minck dead and, once again, into the bizarre world of Hollywood infighting. Kaminsky stands out as a subtle historian, unobtrusively but entertainingly weaving into the story itself what people were wearing, eating, driving, and listening to on the radio. A page-turning romp. (Reviewed June 1, 2003) -- Connie Fletcher
  • Old pro Kaminsky serves up his usual amiable blend of nostalgia, humor, eccentricity and a mystery built around a celebrity (typically a film star) in his 23rd book to feature PI Toby Peters (after 2002's To Catch a Spy ). While his long career hasn't been lucrative, it has allowed Toby to assemble a wealth of unusual friends, including dentist Sheldon Minck. Sheldon gets in over his head when he takes up with a strange survivalist group and, apparently, slays his wife with either a well-aimed or an errant crossbow bolt. Sheldon has the weapon and the motive, and the police have Sheldon and a witness who is none other than Joan Crawford. Getting Sheldon out of jail and keeping the actress out of the news become Toby's twin priorities. Toby still lives at Irene Plaut's boarding house and struggles with his relations with his brother, Phil. Kaminsky fashions the character of his guest star from bits and pieces of her public and private personas so that Crawford appears both familiar and new. While the mystery as such may be routine, details of the time (1944), from Toby's car (a Crosley) to the radio shows (The Aldrich Family ) to the projected price of a postwar car ($900 for most, as much as $1,400 for a "luxury" model), will bring smiles of recognition to older readers. (July 9) --Staff (Reviewed May 19, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 20, p55)
  • Detective to the stars Toby Peters (To Catch a Spy, 2002, etc.) finds a client tougher than he is when he investigates the death of his officemate's wife.Joan Crawford isn't going to lie for anyone, so it's a shame she's the sole witness when dentist Sheldon Minck's faithless wife Mildred is shot with a crossbow bolt just yards from where Shelley is practicing the techniques he's learned, sort of, from survivalist Lawrence Timerjack. But she'd rather not testify at all, since the publicity might cost her the lead in Mildred Pierce. So Toby agrees to help shield her from the press, hoping that getting close to the case will help him clear Shelly. He gets unexpected help from his brother Phil, whose anger-management issues intensify as his wife Ruth succumbs to cancer, and expected grief from John Cawelti, a detective with a grudge against Phil. He gets the usual misguided advice from his loopy landlady, Mrs. Plaut, and the usual aid and comfort from his girlfriend Anita. And he gets tailed, shot with a blowgun, lured into traps, and blown up as he discovers that Pathfinder Anthony, Pathfinder Lewis, and Deerslayer Helter—Timerjack's fellow Survivors for the Future—are interested in their survival, not his. But Crawford never blinks, fending off threats of exposure from Cawelti and of destruction by the Survivors as she waits for her next close-up. More somber than Toby's usual antic fare, perhaps out of respect for Ruth. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2003)
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Cataloging source
DMM
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Kaminsky, Stuart M
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3561.A43
LC item number
M55 2003
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Toby Peters mysteries
Series volume
0023
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  • Crawford, Joan
  • Peters, Toby (Fictitious character)
  • Private investigators
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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Mildred pierced : a Toby Peters mystery, Stuart M. Kaminsky
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"An Otto Penzler book."
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Carroll & Graf cloth ed.
Extent
230 p.
Isbn
9780786711826
Lccn
2004266519
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  • (Sirsi) i9780786711826
  • (OCoLC)52305203
Label
Mildred pierced : a Toby Peters mystery, Stuart M. Kaminsky
Publication
Note
"An Otto Penzler book."
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Carroll & Graf cloth ed.
Extent
230 p.
Isbn
9780786711826
Lccn
2004266519
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780786711826
  • (OCoLC)52305203

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