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Abduction at Griffith Observatory by Christopher Geoffrey McPherson – Adult, Mystery.
My thoughts: Not quite appropriate for high school, perhaps 11th/12th grade: Boy did this book remind me that I’m grateful to live in this time period. I was so thrown by the attitude towards women, dialogue, and situations people were in including surviving bigotry and racism. This author is quite talented at transporting you into the past. Interesting premise as well- you alternate chapters with the perspective of the young engaged author who is working on his third detective novel. Then the alternating chapters are the fictional detective’s perspective and adventures. Following the changes was an adjustment and I was a little thrown by the spelling of okeh as well. There was an intriguing mix of mystery connected with astronomy, art, Nazis, and more. Recommended for those who enjoy period mysteries with strong male characters.
Goodreads Summary: “James Murray is a young man with a dream — he wants to be a writer just like his idol, Dashiell Hammett. He pens his first novel while working as a clerk at a swank downtown department store. He writes his second while working at a famous movie studio turning his first novel into a screenplay. Now, moderately successful, James is hard at work creating his newest adventure.
And his life is perfect — or nearly so: he’s living with the girl he loves, planning to get married, and enjoying a life he once could only dream about. But an innocent outing to Los Angeles’s new Griffith Observatory changes all that when a commotion during a presentation leads to a kidnapping. James, witness to the abduction, feels compelled to find out the truth behind it. Why was this person kidnapped? Who was behind it? Why were the abductors speaking in German? And what does Gina Corvi have to do with it?
“Abduction at Griffith Observatory” — like its predecessors “Sabotage at RKO Studio” and “Murder at Eastern Columbia” — is unlike any other book you’ve read: Not a single novel, it’s two parallel novels, featuring two heroes, working two mysteries in two different versions of 1930s Los Angeles. Join James and his alter ego as they each try to find the missing person. His hard-boiled alter ego — neither a private detective nor a police officer: just someone “who wants to help” — needs to find out why his life is being threatened because of a piece of paper with some numbers on it. Two men in two stories work their way through 1930s Los Angeles following clews, interviewing people who might know something, going from location to location, with one goal in mind: find the person who was kidnapped.
Along the way, they encounter a rich cast of characters including a hate-filled landlady who doesn’t like anyone different than she, the nervous director of the observatory, the mysterious black woman who was exiled from the country of her birth, the young page working at the observatory, a gentle cleaning woman who has suffered since the death of her husband, the scientist with a deadly secret, and the girl in the blue pumps who tries to hide the scar on her face like she tries to hide so many other things about herself.
“Abduction at Griffith Observatory” is filled with twists, turns and a final showdown aboard a rusty old freighter moored to a dock at San Pedro harbor.
Come along for the ride in this, the third James Murray mystery: the story of a young man who dreams of something better.”
About the Author:
A little about the author:
In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings his years of experience to each one of his novels.
Every work is different. Through reading his novels, you can visit the American home front in the 1940s, a future San Francisco wiped out by a killer earthquake, a romantic love affair in post-war Paris in the 1920s, a future planet where the major industry is making babies — or an exciting detective series set in 1930s Los Angeles.
In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials — and continues to write.
Christopher is currently working on a series of novels that take place in 1930s Los Angeles called “The James Murray Mysteries.” Books in the series are “Murder at Eastern Columbia,” “Sabotage at RKO Studio” and the newest “Abduction at Griffith Observatory.”
Other works featuring his byline include “The Babi Makers” — a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; “Sarah & Gerald” — a novel about Paris in the 1920s; “Forever – and other stories” — a collection of short stories; “The Life Line” — the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; “News on the Home Front” — a novel of two friends during World War Two; and “Mama Cat” — a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boatload of radio documentaries.
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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