Body Snatchers Affair
Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

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Narrated By: Meredith Mitchell, Mark Peckham

Duration: 6 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

Drug lords, missing millionaires, corrupt cops … just another day for Carpenter and Quincannon Detective Services.

Two missing bodies and two separate investigations take Carpenter and Quincannon from the heights above San Francisco Bay to the depths of Chinatown's opium dens.

For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee.

Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, unsure of the dark secrets her suitor might be concealing, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom.

With the threat of a tong war hanging over the city—a war perhaps being spurred on by corrupt officials—Carpenter and Quincannon have no time to lose in solving their cases. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one?

And why is the enigmatic Englishman who calls himself Sherlock Holmes watching so carefully from the shadows?


Historical crime and mysteries, Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives

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“The husband-and-wife team of Muller and Pronzini provide sharp wit and an intriguing setting for their third book in this series.”

RT Book Reviews

“MWA grand masters Muller and Pronzini’s solid third mystery set in 1890s San Francisco finds the relationship between PIs Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon at a delicate juncture…Fans of Shirley Tallman’s Sarah Woolson books will enjoy this different perspective on the series’ shared setting.”

Publishers Weekly

“Muller and Pronzini, crime fiction’s First Couple, return with new cases for San Francisco PIs John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter…Readers will enjoy the historical details as they ponder the cases and wonder about the Carpenter-Quincannon relationship.”