Title: A Curtain Falls
Author: Stefanie Pintoff
Release Date: May 11, 2010
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
It’s 1906 in New York City and Detective Simon Ziele is once again on a case. This time, he’s been asked by his old friend Captain Mulvaney to help the New York Police Department solve a bizarre death – it’s unclear if it’s even murder or suicide. Little does Ziele know that this case will send him hunting for a dark and twisted murderer.
I really enjoyed Stefanie Pintoff’s In the Shadow of Gotham, so I jumped at the chance to review the second book in the Simon Ziele series. Pintoff has demonstrated an incredible ability to bring historical New York City to life, and this book is no exception.
It was fun to revisit Ziele, Alistair, and the other characters that were introduced in the first book. Pintoff has some solid character development for Ziele, so the reader gets to know more about him and his history. It’s not necessary to read In the Shadow of Gotham to understand and follow this book, though you’d be missing out on a wonderful mystery and the introduction of some great characters.
The mystery in A Curtain Falls was well-written and very puzzling. So many times, I thought I had it figured out, but then Pintoff would throw a curveball that had me rethinking my theory. I also loved the creative nature of the murders. Pintoff does a fantastic job with the descriptions in this novel and really makes each scene vivid in the reader’s mind.
A Curtain Falls was an exceptional mystery; I raced through it, but was very sad when it was over. This is an excellent series, and I hope Pintoff keeps with it for a long time to come. I can’t wait to read more about Simon Ziele!