Title: Murder in New York (The Pinkerton Man Series #3)
Author: C.J. Baty
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 27, 2018
Genre(s): Historical, Murder/Mystery
Page Count: 134
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Coming back to New York to see her ailing father, Lizzie Ferguson did not expect to find him healthy and newly married to a much younger woman. She, also, didn’t expect to connect with an old lover and childhood friend or be accused of killing her father. But, life has a way of knocking you to your knees when you least expect it.
Stiles Long had always regretted that the killer, from his first case as a Pinkerton Agent, had got away. Now, in New York it was happening again. The Hotel Astor Bar was a meeting place for men who enjoyed the company of men. And, some of them were being brutally murdered. When one of the suspects from the original case appears at the hotel, Stiles is torn between his desire to stop a killer and kiss the man senseless.
Two different cases, but some of the faces overlap from one to the other. Stiles and Lizzie are in a race to discover who the killers are before another body gets added to the count.
FYI, Murder in New York is the third book in Baty’s The Pinkerton Man series, and while I did not read the first two, I still enjoyed this book (although I definitely now plan to go back and read the other books.)
The book is set in New York City (I could find no specific year, but I’m assuming the early years of the 1900’s) and Pinkerton agents Lizzie Ferguson and Stiles Long are visiting Lizzie’s ailing father, who turns out to be not only hale and hearty, but married to a much younger woman. Lizzie struggles with her father’s assumption that she will marry a man of his choosing and settle down to a life of society parties and babies. So when Lizzie’s father is murdered, Lizzie is the main suspect … and her derringer has gone missing.
Stiles is investigating another case, similar to one in St. Louis with murdered male prostitutes and it seems a strange coincidence when Michael O’Leary (one of the suspects in the first case) appears in NYC and captivates Stiles once again. And when what starts out as a hook-up turns into something much deeply, Stiles struggles to believe that two men can have a loving relationship in a time when gay men are beaten, murdered and jailed.
I really enjoyed this story as Baty entwines the two stories and juggles characters and personalities into a compelling murder mystery, plus giving Lizzie and Stiles each a romantic subplot. There is not a lot of extraneous details about the time period, yet the era and setting feels authentic.
I had a few niggles about the book, primarily that it needs to be proofread again. There are several misspellings and incorrect word usage, i.e. “accept” instead of “except” throughout. Also, the mystery plot kept my interest, but the resolution was totally dependent on the first book in the series, and there was no further explanation about the murderer. Along the same lines, I would have liked just a few sentences of background about various characters featured in other books, so as to have a better sense of how they fit into the story.