City of Ghosts: A Mystery (A Miranda Corbie Mystery)

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The five grand fee that the state department is offering for the job is tempting, but what seals the deal is the chance to bring her mother home. But that slim chance gets even slimmer when the professor turns up dead and Miranda tops the lists of suspects. Forced to go underground to find the killer and clear her name, Miranda Corbie soldiers on alone but determined in City of Ghosts, the most thrilling novel of Kelli Stanley's award-winning series.

PI Miranda Corbie will do anything to save her mother, but first she must clear her name of the murder of a Nazi spy June - Hitler's army has conquered France and is turning on England. While the United States is only now waking up to the war, it has been gnawing at Miranda Corbie for years - ever since she was a nurse in Spanish Civil War. Working in San Francisco as a PI years later, the war should seem a world away, but it might as well be on her doorstep now that she's learned that her mother - whom she hasn't seen in years - is trapped in England. Additional Details Series Volume Number.


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Stanley brings San Francisco to life in flamboyant language, reminiscent at times of such period prose-poets as radio's Norman Corwin and Bay Area newspaperman Herb Caen. The author's clear-eyed view of San Francisco and of Miranda's character adds to the strength of the novel's engrossing historical fiction. The atmosphere, character, dialogue and setting all feel authentic to the point that one wonders if Stanley has a device to go back in time, record events and come back to transcribe them.

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Fans and newcomers alike will be eager to see what happens to Miranda next. And what a past it is. A razor-sharp, tightly-plotted noir page-turner. Author Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness. Praise for City of Secrets "Stanley's affection for San Francisco is obvious as she immerses her story in the sights, sounds and mood of Stanley brings s San Francisco to life with her meticulously detailed, hard-boiled novel It's neonoir in a classical five-act structure, starring one of crime's most arresting heroines: Stanley has vividly re-created the atmosphere of the era Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this exciting new hard-boiled series.

City of Secrets is an outstanding addition to what may prove to be a superb series. Cogdill South Florida Sun-Sentinel "It's neonoir in a classical five-act structure, starring one of crime's most arresting heroines. City of Dragons , with its brittle patter and its broken heart of gold, is a joy to read. Stanley's tenacious research into time and place is evident in every sentence on every page, with the result being that anyone reading the book, as well as its two predecessors, surrenders the reality of the present for Stanley's presentation of the past.


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She lives in San Francisco, California. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? For the United States, war is on the horizon. For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories—long-suppressed and willfully forgotten—to be resurrected. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis.

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Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past…if she survives. Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag dress nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda's journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World…where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda soldiers on alone, determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past.

But Miranda will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, from despair to deceit and factual to fake, as she tries to get her life back…and navigates a City of Ghosts. Noir will never be the same. And Kelli Stanley will once again mesmerize readers with the most thrilling novel yet in her award-winning series. Read more Read less. Enabled Similar books to City of Ghosts: A Miranda Corbie Mystery. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Editorial Reviews Review " Stanley brings San Francisco to life in flamboyant language, reminiscent at times of such period prose-poets as radio's Norman Corwin and Bay Area newspaperman Herb Caen. It is, Miranda muses, 'A city made by dreamers who died paupers and paupers who lived like kings, dreams keeping them alive in the only way that mattered.

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The author's clear-eyed view of San Francisco and of Miranda's character adds to the strength of the novel's engrossing historical fiction. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Minotaur Books; 1 edition August 5, Publication Date: August 5, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention san francisco city of ghosts state department miranda corbie chemistry professor james macleod kelli stanley mother mystery england historical nazi noir third war art era private atmospheric attention. Showing of 24 reviews.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The third book in the Miranda Corbie loses a little of the glamour and excitement of the prior two novels.

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The United States government enlists Miranda in the growing concern over the war in Europe. This story displays many disappointments such as Rick Sanders, Mark Gonzalez, James MacLeod, and Dianne, and this reader will not spoil the story of why so many disappointments.

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The story begins with Miranda focused on locating her mother in England, but the trip to England does not take place, but the reader receives snippets of information about those early days of Catherine Corbie. Miranda blindly rushes to save the world, and pays dearly for her courage and stubbornness.

The language and setting are not as descriptive as in prior novels, and I miss that element. I enjoy the way that Stanley incorporates period music into the story, as well as the words of Shakespeare to introduce a new section. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Living in the San Francisco Bay area I wanted to like this book but ultimately didn't. It started off okay but soon wore out its welcome.

It's a "period" piece and there are constant and ultimately annoying references to products that were in common use at the time. Okay for a while, but eventually they became gratuitous and added nothing to the story. And the story itself never really grabbed me so I eventually gave up and never finished it. As I read I found myself wanting it to be over so I could get to another book with a better likelihood of getting my attention.

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  8. Miranda does indeed have a past and it is haunting. In her new thriller, Miranda takes on her biggest case, her biggest fee and some of her greatest fears and emotions. She slogs through some very emotional confrontations of the real and the imagined to get back to business.