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Catch a falling clown [a Toby Peters mystery]
Kaminsky, Stuart M.
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Ashland, OR : Blackstone Audiobooks, [2000]

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6 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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XX(1191051.6) Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Toby Peters, the Hollywood private eye who has previously saved the likes of Judy Garland, Gary Cooper and the Marx Brothers, is back. This time there's trouble under the big top and his services are required by none other than Emmett Kelly. A circus elephant has been electrocuted and Kelly fears for his life. Toby goes undercover as a clown and becomes entangled with a cast of bizarre characters, including a 250 pound wrestler/poet, a beautiful snake charmer, an immaculately dressed Swiss midget and a baffling witness named Alfred Hitchcock. It's all in a day's work for Toby Peters and in another fast paced Forties era mad cap adventure for his fans


Underneath the glitz and glamour of 1940s Hollywood lies a thriving criminal underbelly. Consequently, celebrity gumshoe Toby Peters thrives on such filth. However, when a series of 'accidents' and murders decimate the local circus, Peter is called to protect Emmett Kell, the city's most famous clown.

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Stuart M. Kaminsky is head of the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University in Illinois. He is also a writer of textbooks, screenplays, and mystery novels.

The more popular of his two series of detective novels features Toby Peters. Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the Peters books draw on Kaminsky's knowledge of history and love of film by incorporating characters from the film industry's past in nostalgic mysteries. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1978), for example, features Judy Garland while Catch a Falling Clown (1982) stars Emmett Kelley as Peters's client and Alfred Hitchcock as a murder suspect.

His other critically acclaimed series chronicles the cases of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. Kaminsky's detailed studies of Russian police procedure combined with aspects of life in Russia have earned the Series an Edgar nomination for Black Knight in Red Square (1984) and the 1989 Edgar Award for A Cold Red Sunrise (1988).

Stuart Kaminsky was born in Chicago in 1934 and died in 2009.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Blackstone Audio deserves a round of applause for bringing back to life a series of Kaminsky's mysteries written in the 1970s and early 1980s. Although the author has moved on to darker and more convoluted plots in his more recent books, his Toby Peters series was a delight. They were written with more than a dash of humor and featured a variety of improbable real-life characters, ranging from the Marx Brothers to Judy Garland and - in this circus murder mystery - famed clown Emmett Kelly. Just for fun, Alfred Hitchcock also shows a suspect! Someone is wreaking havoc on a small circus; an elephant has been killed, and Kelly narrowly escapes death. Toby reluctantly revisits the town of Mirador where he had a previous run-in with a corrupt sheriff and his violent deputy. In short order, Toby finds himself standing over another dead body, almost gets trampled by yet another elephant, and winds up locked in a cage with a killer gorilla. Reader Tom Parker is an absolute master of voices - his police chief sounds like Strother Martin on Ecstasy - and brings the circus scene to life. A fun, light-weight book for all mystery fans. Recommended for all libraries. - Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.