Always a Cold Deck

Part mystery, part parody, Always a Cold Deck is the first Harry Reese Mystery Harry Reese is an insurance investigator who never takes life too seriously Which, given his current pecuniary crisis, is all for the best In July 1900, he is sent to Buffalo to look into a fire that s destroyed a grain elevator But when Harry uncovers a smuggling operation, the case morphsPart mystery, part parody, Always a Cold Deck is the first Harry Reese Mystery Harry Reese is an insurance investigator who never takes life too seriously Which, given his current pecuniary crisis, is all for the best In July 1900, he is sent to Buffalo to look into a fire that s destroyed a grain elevator But when Harry uncovers a smuggling operation, the case morphs into something sinister Trains and steamships feature prominently as he crosses into Canada and back, accompanied by a political boss s stooge and a curious young woman who seems to be conducting an investigation of her own It s a byzantine odyssey, during which Harry can never be sure of anyone s loyalties, least of all those who ve hired him.
Always a Cold Deck Part mystery part parody Always a Cold Deck is the first Harry Reese Mystery Harry Reese is an insurance investigator who never takes life too seriously Which given his current pecuniary crisis is

  • Title: Always a Cold Deck
  • Author: Robert Bruce Stewart
  • ISBN: 9781938710018
  • Page: 480
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Always a Cold Deck”

    1. This is the 3rd book in The Harry Reese mystery series that I've read, and I have to say I'm hooked! Harry is an Insurance Investigator, and as is usual, there's murder, mystery, lots of suspects, lots of leads ( the intricacy of which is amazing) and just when you think you've finally sussed out whodunit, the author provides even more avenues to explore that we hadn't even considered. The fact that Harry, (along with his partner Emmie ) execute their investigations with such a large dollop of w [...]

    2. Meet Harry Reese, the guy who has a very boring work: he is an independent insurance investigator; only it is never boring with him doing the investigations. The moment his future wife joins the said investigations promptly move from lighthearted (the guy does not take himself seriously) to absurdly funny as her enthusiasm in joining the fun and crazy unconventional schemes to get the results often lends them both in very unusual situations - think Lucy Ricardo from the old I Love Lucy sitcom an [...]

    3. "Always a Cold Deck" is the first in a series of Harry Reese novels. Here, the insurance investigator is sent to turn-of-the-century Buffalo to see if an insured grain elevator's burning to the ground might have had some help. The story soon turns into one of missing persons and murder, as these things generally do.This is a well-written novel. There are no speeding car chases, O.K. Corral-style shootouts or exploding bombs; rather, there is the sort of methodical progression that Chandler was t [...]

    4. I've read this series backwards, from Kalorama Shakedown and Crossings, so it's good to get back to the first book in this amusing mystery series set in 1900s New York, and see just how Harry Reese and his irrepressible wife Emmie met.Mr. Stewart makes the Buffalo of 1900 come alive in this book. It's easy to imagine yourself hopping on a cable car, train or steamer in the course of investigating a possible insurance fraud. Since Harry's always short of funds he's hoping to cadge a meal at the o [...]

    5. Maybe I was spoiled by reading the later books in this series first. Overall, it was a fun read, but I thought it got off to a slow start and the culprit in the base mystery seemed very obvious to me from the beginning. However, when Harry and Emmie finally get together, it picks up and is as enjoyable as the later books.There is lots of humor and quite a few chuckles. Many at poor Harry's expense.This is the first of the books where I was able to solve the mystery before the detectives. All the [...]

    6. This was another book started to while away the time waiting in hospital. I found it entertaining, if a little confusing. The minor characters were not well drawn out and not memorable, so I often found myself wondering which of them was either in the current scene or being discussed by Harry, the young insurance investigator and the young lady Emmie, who is the cousin of one, niece of another and employee of a third. She has attached herself to Harry and at first it isn't clear if she is trying [...]

    7. This humorous crime-mystery story set near the turn of the century (1900) is one of those books you just sit back, read with abandon, and go along for the wild ride just for the fun of the journey. The author gives us plenty of entertaining characters, who seem to suit their era to perfection, to keep us company.Our guide is the first-person narrator Harry Reese, an insurance investigator. His dry wit and smart-alecky demeanor make him the perfect guide. When he teams up with Emmie, a quirky you [...]

    8. If you 're looking for a laugh out loud, interesting, cozy mystery to read, this entire series will have what you want. The characters' morals may be outdated, but the characters' actions are familiar - especially when trying to save themselves from trouble. I suggest that you read the books in order so you understand the references to earlier stories. Happy Reading!

    9. 1900, Buffalo, NY. The 160’ elevator owned by Eastern Elevator Co. (EEC) had burned down. It was however insured for $200,000.The problem was there was a lot of internal EEC scandal. McLeod’s Hotel. Harry Reese had contacted Ed Ketchum (fire investigator) about the misfortune. The main Eastern Elevator Co. office was housed in the Mooney-Brisbane Building.Done for day, Harry had been invited for dinner at the Iroquois Hotel by Samuel Keegan (Gotham Insurance Bureau owner).Jeb Cowell (America [...]

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I wish I would have known the meaning of "a Cold Deck" beforehand. (ah, my ignorance! It's a deck of cards that have been 'arranged' to increase the possibilities of winning. ) But maybe that lack of knowledge contributed to the quirky humor I find In Mr. Stewart's writing. I saw this book characterized as a Historical Mystery but for those who appreciate a quiet subtle humor, it's a Hysterical Historical Mystery. Harry Reese, a frugal and often 'low on cash' insu [...]

    11. Harry Reese is a bit down on his heel insurance investigator. He is in Buffalo about the possible fraud in a grain silo fire. He finds a strange cellar no one claims. The company has a sordid past with partners involved in stock fraud and disappearances. He leverages his hunches into a contract to find two of them. Along the way he makes friends with the niece of one of the missing men who supposedly died at sea. Many threads and some unsolved points were adding to the madcap feel. The unresolve [...]

    12. A twisted taleThere are more loops and swirls in this search for insurance fraud than you can shake a stick at. Harry Reese starts out working on an insurance fraud case, about the 2nd or 3rd chapter the explosion begins. Con-men, pick-pockets, aliases, etc. you name it. From that point on you will have to be pried away--even for dinner.I've finished it, added the series to my "Ones to Watch" list, and am movin' on.

    13. No!A tedious slog. Not serious enough for face value. Not comical enough for farce. Didn't bother finishing, just fast forwarded to end.

    14. I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Robert Bruce Stewart. That being said, the following is my considered review of the book.I enjoyed reading this novel, the first in the Harry Reese Mysteries series, although it is the third book I have read from the series. As with the other two Harry Reese novels (Crossings and Kalorama Shakedown) this is a mystery novel which is rather humorous, tongue-in-cheek and doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you [...]

    15. Het laatste boek dat in mijn ebookpakket zat en eerlijk? Ik was er totaal niet boos om. Het vorige viel al tegen en als je dacht dat het niet erger meer kon, dacht je fout. Ik vond dit echt een draak van een verhaal, sorry voor de fans.Ten eerste is het geschreven door een man. Laat het duidelijk zijn : ik heb totaal niks tegen mannen maar toch ligt hun schrijfstijl mij minder om de een of andere reden. Ten tweede vind ik het een afschuwelijke cover. Die duidt op de periode waarin het zich afspe [...]

    16. Always A Cold Deck is the first of a lighthearted and humorous historical mystery series set in the early part of the last century. Harry Reese is a young insurance investigator who is sent to Buffalo in the summer of 1900 to look into a grain elevator fire. This fairly routine case is suddenly transformed into a mystery involving smuggling, fraud, missing persons and more than one dead body.It's an intricate mystery, and several people try to mislead him for reasons of their own, but Harry find [...]

    17. Cold decks don't just happen in the North Atlantic on passenger ships. Occasionally it’s on passenger trains in the area between Buffalo and Toronto. This is the book where Harry Burgess, sent to investigate a suspicious fire, meets and marries Emmie McGinnis, probably, like the reader, asking himself, “How’d that happen?” I don’t know whether this tells us more about Harry’s laid-back personality or Emmie’s delightful manipulations, but whichever we focus on, we are delighted with [...]

    18. As a disclaimer, I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review and he was actually trying to send me a copy of his later book in the series "Kalorama Shakedown" (see separate review), and I had asked him if it would be possible to read the first book in the series instead as I had started with book #4 ("A Charm of Powerful Trouble" - see separate review), and he very kindly sent me a copy of both, noting that he did not think his first book was as good as his later book [...]

    19. This book entertained me till the last page. It’s mysterious, amusing and page turning.Through this story I was transported more than a hundred years back, travelling from US to Canada and back. I was excited to re-discover Toronto (my actual city) and I was in a continuous rush from different trains, hotels of that era, streets and boats. I also was eating some smoked eel and drinking champagne. I met quite interesting people, from intriguing ladies to men with multiple identities. There were [...]

    20. I absolutely adored this fun book! I was hooked immediately, and unlike previous reviewers, never found a dull or lagging moment. It was actually a very high-spirited and rollicking story line, easy to follow yet also with some complexity. The characters are extremely entertaining, if not endearing. The time period of the late 1800s seems to be perfectly portrayed as well.Harry is a freelance insurance investigator, basically flat broke, and takes this job hoping for a meager payday. He seems to [...]

    21. I acquired this as a free book on Smashwords. At first I was put off by the main character's occupation -- an insurance investigator? In Buffalo? In the early 1900s? I went back to it, though, when I found a different book hard to read, and was pleasantly surprised. The mystery is not terribly compelling, but I liked the characters and period details. Harry is a free-wheeling guy with an ability to enjoy life, despite his penny-pinching ways, and watching the development of his relationship with [...]

    22. Occasionally amusing, but nearly all exposition through lengthy dialogue which consisted of speculation about who may have done what. Very little of the action happened "on screen." After it was over, the most exciting thing I remember the reader actually witnessing was some chicanery at a party right before the end. Otherwise, fairly well written and the time period is a good fit, but I'm not sure I'll continue the series. This was a free daily deal and I have more on my Kindle. Maybe when I r [...]

    23. I got this book as a free download and really enjoyed it. It is the first book in the Harry Reese series. I was hooked on this humorous historical mystery from page one and I loved the characters and found the plot line interesting. I'll be honest I knew very little about how an insurance investigator worked in the early 1900, so I was please to have learn something new. It truly was a delightful read and I can't wait to read other books by Robert Bruce Stewart.

    24. Vintage mysteryHarry Reese is an insurance investigator who travels from New York to Buffalo to investigate a fire which destroyed a grain elevator. From there the story becomes increasingly complicated and convoluted.This is the first book in a series and, while the story was good, I don't feel compelled to continue the series. The book is well-written (and Grammar Nazi only spotted one error), but the story lacked excitement, or sparkle.

    25. I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book by the author, for review. I know this is not his favourite book, but I loved it. It was a beautiful period piece - think P. G. Wodehouse mixed with a little Agatha Christie, transported to North America. Harry Reece and Emmie McGinnis were a joy together and their banter made the book for me. The story was a whirlwind of travel and so many theories it made my brain spin at times but the ending was still a surprise.

    26. NovelI persevered with book but I found it long-winded. There were a lot of conversations going over all the possible scenarios which I felt slowed the plot down. That said it definitely evokes the period in which it is set, and reminded me of the Amelia Butterworth stories (mentioned in the story).

    27. Thank you very much to Robert Bruce Stewart for a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.The first in a delightful new series about murder and mayhem in turn-of-the-twentieth century New York. The principle characters are introduced and well established. These are full length books interspersed with short stories and I'm on to the next in the series.

    28. This is the 2nd book that I've read from this series. I enjoyed this book as well as the other one that I've read. The mystery in this book is a little subdue, however the humor is refreshing. It took me about 20 pages to really get into it, once it picks up it does not disappoint.

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