Puzzle by Puppets by Patrick Quentin

Puzzle by Puppets by Patrick Quentin

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In this mystery from an Edgar Award–winning author, Peter Duluth deals with a case of mistaken identities and murder in World War II San Francisco

Patrick Quentin, best known for the Peter Duluth puzzle mysteries, also penned outstanding detective novels from the 1930s through the 1960s under other pseudonyms, including Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge. Anthony Boucher wrote: “Quentin is particularly noted for the enviable polish and grace which make him one of the leading American fabricants of the murderous comedy of manners; but this surface smoothness conceals intricate and meticulous plot construction as faultless as that of Agatha Christie.”

As the war rages in the Pacific, naval lieutenant Peter Duluth is ecstatic to make port and spend time with his ladylove, Iris. They have little luck finding a room until a brassy blond offers them her hotel suite out of what seems like pure charity. And that’s when Peter’s shore leave starts going sideways.

While unwinding in a steam room, Peter’s uniform is stolen. Then, Iris is mistaken several times for her cousin, a local vamp with a very unusual coterie of friends. And things hit a bloody head when Peter’s missing uniform ends up implicating him in murder.

Now, with both of their identities in flux, Peter and Iris must navigate their way through the fog-shrouded alleys of the City by the Bay if they’re going to learn just what kind of mess they’re caught up in . . . and if they can get out of it alive.