Last week I read the newest novella by Michael Stevens, The Case of the Weeping Museum. The story takes me back to a time where I could follow the "private Dick" on his adventures where he could solve a case using his wits, charm and, usually, bad vices. This book has all of that.
In this case, P.I. (Paranormal Investigator) Samika Gupta is brought in on a case where employees at a New York museum are scared senseless from hearing voices and crying and their manager can't get them to go back inside the museum. This is where our heroine detective comes in. I won't go into too many details, (spoilers are evil, you know) but I will say this. I usually don't read books like this. I am NOT saying it wasn't good! What I am saying is that I usually don't go for the old detective story types. It was very entertaining and I am glad that I read it. I half expected the detective to end up to be "Sam Spade" instead of Samika Gupta. The old trench coat and panama style hat, the emphasis of bad habits that only the detective's closest friends could badger about, the twists and turns in innuendo...all of these I would expect in an old Sam Spade type serial. Any reader who relishes and misses the classic detective stories will love this book.