Book Review: A Curtain Falls – Stefanie Pintoff

Title: A Curtain Falls
Author: Stefanie Pintoff
ISBN: 9780312583965
Pages: 400
Release Date: May 11, 2010
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

It’s 1906 in New York City and Detective Simon Ziele is once again on a case.  This time, he’s been asked by his old friend Captain Mulvaney to help the New York Police Department solve a bizarre death – it’s unclear if it’s even murder or suicide.  Little does Ziele know that this case will send him hunting for a dark and twisted murderer.

Review:

I really enjoyed Stefanie Pintoff’s In the Shadow of Gotham, so I jumped at the chance to review the second book in the Simon Ziele series.  Pintoff has demonstrated an incredible ability to bring historical New York City to life, and this book is no exception.

It was fun to revisit Ziele, Alistair, and the other characters that were introduced in the first book.  Pintoff has some solid character development for Ziele, so the reader gets to know more about him and his history.  It’s not necessary to read In the Shadow of Gotham to understand and follow this book, though you’d be missing out on a wonderful mystery and the introduction of some great characters.

The mystery in A Curtain Falls was well-written and very puzzling.  So many times, I thought I had it figured out, but then Pintoff would throw a curveball that had me rethinking my theory.  I also loved the creative nature of the murders.  Pintoff does a fantastic job with the descriptions in this novel and really makes each scene vivid in the reader’s mind.

A Curtain Falls was an exceptional mystery; I raced through it, but was very sad when it was over.  This is an excellent series, and I hope Pintoff keeps with it for a long time to come.  I can’t wait to read more about Simon Ziele!

Comments

  1. Sounds like a great book! I’ve been on quite the mystery kick lately, I’ll have to pick this one up!

  2. Sounds like a great book! I’ve been on quite the mystery kick lately, I’ll have to pick this one up!

  3. Terrific review, Swapna. I think this book sounds fascinating, and I’ve just added it to my list.

  4. Terrific review, Swapna. I think this book sounds fascinating, and I’ve just added it to my list.

  5. I love it when I read a mystery and the solution eludes me all the way until the end. It sounds like this might be a book for me to try, as I am sometimes unsatisfied when I figure it out too early on. Great review! I think I will start with the first one.

  6. I love it when I read a mystery and the solution eludes me all the way until the end. It sounds like this might be a book for me to try, as I am sometimes unsatisfied when I figure it out too early on. Great review! I think I will start with the first one.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love a mystery, have a real craving for them every now and then.Great review!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(com)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love a mystery, have a real craving for them every now and then.Great review!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(com)

  9. You got me with “incredible ability to bring historical New York City to life” and then won me over when you described the mystery as not easy to figure out.

  10. You got me with “incredible ability to bring historical New York City to life” and then won me over when you described the mystery as not easy to figure out.

  11. Love a mystery, have a real craving for them every now and then.Great review!

  12. Love a mystery, have a real craving for them every now and then.Great review!

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