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by Frances Crane,Tom Schantz

  • ISBN: 0915230712
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Frances Crane,Tom Schantz
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Rue Morgue Press (September 7, 2004)
  • Pages: 188 pages
  • FB2 size: 1741 kb
  • EPUB size: 1152 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 109
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Frances Kirkwood Crane (October 27, 1890 – November 6, 1981) was an American mystery author, who introduced private investigator Pat Abbott and his future wife Jean in her first novel, The Turquoise Shop (1941)

Frances Kirkwood Crane (October 27, 1890 – November 6, 1981) was an American mystery author, who introduced private investigator Pat Abbott and his future wife Jean in her first novel, The Turquoise Shop (1941). The Abbotts investigated crimes in a total of 26 volumes, each with a color in the title.

The Turquoise Shop book. Frances Crane was an American mystery author, who introduced private investigator Pat Abbott and his future wife Jean in her first novel, The Turquoise Shop (1941). Other books in the series. Pat and Jean Abbott Mystery (1 - 10 of 26 books). Books by Frances Crane

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First published in 1941, this book introduced the sleuthing pair of Jean Holly (later Jean Abbott) and Pat Abbott whose adventues took them all over the globe. This novel is set in a fictionalized versin of Taos, New Mexico.

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The Turquoise Shop is a mystery novel by the American writer Frances Crane. Synopsis - Several months ago, Mona Brandon's artist husband disappeared, and his body has now surfaced deep in the heart of the nearby desert, pecked beyond recognition by a horde of odious turkey vultures.

First published in 1941, this book introduced the sleuthing pair of Jean Holly (later Jean Abbott) and Pat Abbott whose adventues took them all over the globe. This novel is set in a fictionalized versin of Taos, New Mexico.
Reviews about The Turquoise Shop (4):
Doomwarden
First the husband of an attractive young rich woman disappears. Then an unknown man is murdered in a remote house in the dessert. Next the Mexican woman he lived with is found dead, supposedly of suicide. Another doubtful suicide follows. In a little town where nothing happens but art and parties, all this is decidedly suspicious.

There are two sleuths -- the local sheriff, a man of quiet intelligence, and Patrick Abbott, a detective on vacation hoping to become a sometime artist. Patrick wanders into the Turquoise Shop, run by his future wife, twenty-six-year-old Jean Holly. Jean and Patrick start hanging out together, although when it comes to investigating, Patrick and the sheriff are the true partners.

According to the excellent introduction, Patrick not Jean continues to do the real investigating throughout the series. Even though author Frances Crane was a staunch feminist, she never got with the fashion for clever women sleuths (like Miss Marple).

Crane was thrown out of Germany for her anti-Nazi sentiments -- an admirable woman. I wish I liked this book better. But I found the writing style disjointed and the characters awkwardly presented. I did like the setting. The artists’ colony is based on Taos during its artistic heyday, when D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams were there. The ethnic mix of Mexicans, Indians and Anglos is interestingly portrayed. And I was fascinated by the 1941 prices. You could eat dinner out for sixty-five cents and buy a live calf for a dollar!

The series featuring Pat Abbott and his future wife Jean has many fans. So I don't want to discourage anyone. I didn’t care much for The Turquoise Shop, but later books are probably more polished. I'd suggest new readers try starting further along in the series. I notice The Indigo Necklace gets high ratings.
Kulwes
I like mysteries set in the forties by people who were writing in the forties. This is the first of 21 mysteries by Frances Crane, so it is uneven as many first mysteries in a series are. One of the things I like about Crane's writing is that she is able to involve you in the setting so that you feel like you are there without her writing paragraphs full of description. She also does well describing characters that are so different from one another that you are not having to make a chart to keep them straight. This one is set in an 'artist's colony' in the desert Southwest. This is a book you can read at night without having nightmares, interesting enough - especially the supporting characters and although it's not the best book I ever read, I couldn't put it down. Pat is mysterious and Jean is pretty independent for her time, but both are not as well drawn as others in the mystery. I'm on the trail of other books in the series, especially if they are Rue Morgue vintage editions - I'm a fan of the way Rue Morgue put out the books: larger than the standard paperback, light, thin, with colorful interesting covers and good size print.
Aloo
très bon, bonne livraison
Runeterror
This is the first of Frances Crane's Pat and Jean Abbot series of mystery novels. Jean is still Jean Holly in this one. She doesn't marry Pat until book number 3. These books were staggeringly popular with the public, but the critics didn't care much for them. I'm with the critics.

I started this hoping I'd found a whole new series to enjoy. My mistake was assuming that this would be something like Kelley Roos' Jeff and Haila Troy series. It's not. For one thing, it's surprisingly devoid of humour. Also, the plotting is pretty weak. And almost all detection is done "off screen" by Pat. Jean just sits around in her shop and her house and people come and tell her things.

It's rather frustrating reading for a fan of detective novels. I kept thinking, "come on Jean, do something. Go find Pat and see what he's doing. Get some excercise. Please!" I have to admit that when someone took a shot at Jean she did go outside to see who did it. Of course, she didn't find anyone, but this is only her first novel.

Eventually Pat stops by to tell Jean who the murderer was.

I'm probably being a little unfair. I MIGHT be able to bring myself to read another one of these on the assumption that Frances Crane probably got better at writing these things as she went along.

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