Murder in New York (The Pinkerton Man #2)
Title: Murder in New York: The Pinkerton Man Series
Author: C.J. Baty
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 24, 2018
Genre(s): Historical, Murder / Mystery
Page Count: 182
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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FYI, Murder in New York is the second book in Baty's The Pinkerton Man series, and while I enjoyed this book, I would recommend reading the first book in the series to get vital background information.
The book is set in New York City in what appears to be 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 in that 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.
3.5 stars for Murder in New York.