Death at the Old Hotel: A Bartender Brian McNulty Mystery (Bartender Brian McNulty Mysteries)
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What S.J.Rozan (author of In This Rain) says about this book: "Forget the glitterati, the Eurotrash, and the robber barons. Brian McNulty is my kind of New Yorker, and Con Lehane write about the New York I love."
Opening lines of the book:
"The fooker is spying on us", Barney said.
We were working the stick at the Old Savoy Hotel, and the action at the bar was slowing after a busier than usual Thursday night dinner rush. The hotel was almost full, the occupancy rate bolstered by out-of-town Christmas shoppers and the dining room by a couple of holiday parties from neighboring offices. The Savoy Hotel, which is gone now, is those days was...
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Please note that this copy of the book has been initialed by the author!
Begin International Bookray 04/27/08:
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End International Bookray 06/11/09:
This bookray was ended because nothing further was heard about this book despite repeated PMs. The book traveled for 1 year and had 7 stops in 2 countries, including 5 states in the USA. Thanks, all, for having participated!
This is the second book about Brian McNulty that I’ve read and enjoyed. It’s a bit hard for me because I’m not a “mystery” reader, and I read this book only because it had been given to me Con Lehane, a local author. I’m happy to report that I found this book a fun read. Although I’m not great about following convoluted plots, I gave it a go and happily didn’t have to remember too many characters. I remembered McNulty’s “Pop” (his dad) and Kevin (his son) from a previous book. McNulty is a character who is always bumbling around and coming to wrong conclusions. That was okay because he kept me smiling with his wry sense of humor and great one-liners while he tried to decipher the murderer’s identity. Beside, I also liked the cat who kept coming and going in and out of McNulty’s window.
The book is now ready to move on to its next reader...finally!
I'll be sitting down with this bookray in a few days.
Another great one. I really like Brian McNulty though, he at times seems to be his own worst enemy in terms of relationships that never seem to work out. He is a self-depreciating bartender who ends up with dead around him often. This was a real page-turner. Con Lehane's style is one which appeals to me greatly.
On to rebeccaljames tomorrow: 5/18/2009
The book arrived safely and I've already begun reading it.
What a busy guy McNulty is! This was an easy, fairly quick read. It's also another first for me in the way of a new author and I'd certainly read another in the McNulty series.
The characters were very believeable and it was written as if Lehane directly identified with those personalities that interacted with McNulty.
I did become slightly confused by Lehane's usage of same names. But in reality it is often the case that you know more than one person with the same name, so I thought it was rather clever of Lehane to mimick reality in that way for his book.
I've mailed the book today to Bookworm-lady in Spain.
Thank you SqueakyChu for offering this book as a ray. I enjoyed it.
Looking forward to reading it; thanks for sharing it, SqueakyChu!
I have already written to Squeakychu, and she has suggested posting here.
The book will soon be on its way, maybe I will re-start this bookray again.
Its title suggested (at least to me) a traditional whodunit... something AgathaChristie-like. Instead, there is a plot involving New York union leaders I can't quite understand.
Maybe it's just me; but I won't keep it any longer.
I have offered it as a bookray, and it will soon be on its way again. So far:
Lunatum (Finland) (has asked to be skipped)
I will be glad to add any participants along the way.
I hope you'll enjoy it!
9th March 2012
I loved this book.
I haven't read anything like this in a long time. I don't think I've read many American books at all in recent years, and certainly no murder mysteries.
I warmed to Brian McNulty straight away, and the pace of the book felt leisurely, even when things got a bit heated in the story.
I'll try and get my hands on more books by the same author, as this was such an enjoyable experience!
Thank you very much for including me in this bookray.
I shall now contact NMReader for her address.
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