>> Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 2005
Challenges: A-Z Reading #47 (Z Author)
This is the first in what appears to be only a two book series by a brother/sister writing team (Miriam and Joe Zellnik as M.J. Zellnik). It’s an interesting mix of cozy mystery and historical fiction.
The story is set in Portland, Oregon in 1894 – so it’s interesting to me to read something set in that time period in my hometown. The authors’ website has some pictures of Portland, fashion, theater and others from that era. Those were fun to see – familiar parts of town from back then.
Libby Seale is a young seamstress working in a vaudeville theater making and maintaining costumes. When one of the performers is found dead, Libby just believe the quick conclusion to the case the police do. Soon she finds herself enlisting the help of a young newspaper reporter in town to investigate what really happened to her friend. Along the way the reader also learns what brought Libby to Portland from New York all on her own.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The mix of genres was a new one for me and since it’s set in Portland, many of the locations are familiar to me. According to the authors’ website, the planned series stopped at two books. I do plan to get the second book from the library. I liked Libby and her reporter friend Peter and want to read more of their adventures, even if it is only one more book.