On the hottest day of the year in San Francisco in 1959, Private Detectives Sam and Amelia Slater are contemplating fleeing the city for their Stinson Beach house. However, when Sam decides to take a cable car ride to run some errands on the lazy summer day, he's suddenly thrust into the spotlight when he rescues a woman who fell onto the busy street. Sam pulls the mysterious red haired woman out of the path of an oncoming cable car in the nick of time. The entire incident is captured by a newspaper photographer who splashes Sam's heroics all over the front page. Sam is troubled not only by his new status as a city hero, but by the rescued woman's plea for help. She whispers to Sam that she didn't fall from the cable car but was pushed. She is frightened and disappears into the crowd before Sam can get more details. A San Francisco newspaper launches a campaign to find the mystery woman and Sam hopes to cross paths with her again. Meanwhile, Amelia is troubled by the sudden disappearance of her elderly neighbor. Two thuggish younger men who now occupy the house next door say he took a sudden trip. One night when she's alone Amelia grabs a flashlight and finds some disturbing clues in her neighbor's garage. What really happened to her neighbor? Amelia is determined to find out. Award winning author Greg Messel spins a new tale of intrigue in Cable Car Mystery, the sixth book in the Sam Slater Mystery series set in at the 1950s in San Francisco.
This is a good one. Sam and Amelia are PI's from San Francisco. While running errands, Sam saves a woman who tells him that she was pushed from the cable car. Then, she disappears but the newspaper tells the story and the lady's boyfriend hires Sam and Amelia to find her. Amelia also has a mystery to solve of the next door neighbor missing.
Ok, to start out with, I love the old pictures at the start of each chapter. I liked the 'old time' feeling of the writing and how the author wove the story together. There is action in it but it isn't rushed. The story is told and the characters show you what is going on. I wasn't certain how the two cases were going to be linked or even if they would be and I really liked how the author handled both of them. I really liked both Amelia and Sam and rooted for them throughout the book. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
4/5 for me. I plan to look into the previous books in this series!
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB). I received this book in exchange for an honest review adn the opinions stated above are 100% mine.