St. Louis Affair The Adventures of Herbert Falken by Michael Scheffel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The St. Louis Affair: The Adventures of Herbert Falken by Michael Scheffel is a wonderful rendition of the old school style mystery. Reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and company, this mystery that takes place in St. Louis in the late 1800's begins with a bang as Falken battles another fighter in the ring, wins some money, and lives to fight another day. Highly atmospheric with accurate details that depict the time, Scheffel has done a superb job of rendering realistic characters as they struggle to solve another murder mystery. Falken is well portrayed as a likeable guy who is a private investigator, but who has a little baggage courtesy of war time and battles waged. An all together riveting look at the industrial age and the seedier side of life, Scheffel also allows the sublime to shine through, simply by describing Falken's lifestyle in his private home. That ability to meld two worlds together keeps this murder mystery interesting and satisfying to the end. Highly recommend for an educational and insightful read.
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