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Old Silver (Michael Tanner)

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A misplaced letter, a brass engine plate and an unplanned murder launch Tanner and Mary Whitney into their third adventure. Old Silver takes place on and under the icy waters of Lake Superior, in the corporate halls of Duluth, and in the brawling streets of Chicago, at the dawn of the Twentieth Century.

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Pages   259
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Feb 28, 2005
Publisher   Top Publications
ISBN  1929976321  
ISBN13  9781929976324  

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More About Carl Brookins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brookins and his wife are avid recreational sailors. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave. He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney. The third novel is Old Silver. His new private investigator series features Sean NMI Sean, a short P.I. The first is titled The Case of the Greedy Lawyers. Brookins received a liberal arts degree from the University of Minnesota and studied for a MA in Communications at Michigan State University.

Carl Brookins currently resides in St. Paul.

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One heck of an Mystery!  Sep 1, 2006
Brookins has a flair for taking readers into the thick of things. The old deceptions, bad blood, and fresh wounds of "Old Silver" make for an outstanding romp of an adventure. The unique story blends well with the dark intrigue and lets the reader experience the best of both. Who doesn't wonder at the thought of lost treasure and dream of one day finding it? Exceptional characters pull you along through the story, right to the very end!

Carl Brookins Weaves Another Good One ---Old Silver  Jul 28, 2006
Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney return in this top flight cozy mystery set for most part on the waters of Lake Superior. It is there that while sailing with friends Mary Whitney during a snorkeling trip finds and brings to the surface an old metal plate, probably from the boiler, stamped with the word "Amador" on it. Little does she know that it comes from a ship that sank during a storm in 1905 and theoretically went down somewhere off Sand Island which is nowhere near where she has recovered the plate.

Packed with cargo and family heirlooms of the deVoles the sinking caused a search to be mounted more than once but nothing was found. By finding the plate, Mary has stumbled across an old mystery and possibly a reference point for the shipwreck. The ship went down 100 years ago taking some dark secrets with it. As Mary and Michael start asking a few questions and a person cataloging a recent donation of papers from the family is killed, it becomes clear that there is certainly at least one if not several secrets that someone is trying to keep hidden. Whomever is behind the scenes orchestrating events seems to be willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to prevent them from coming out.

Opposite in tone and style from his novel, "The Case of the Greedy Lawyers," humor is in short supply in this cozy style novel. Most of the violence happens off scene with the majority of the focus on asking questions from a variety of sources and suspects. This novel slowly builds a chain of clues together as Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney hunt for the shipwreck itself as well as the family secrets. The result is an engrossing 259 page read in large paperback with a great depth of detail, rich characterizations, and a very good mystery tale.

Kevin R. Tipple (copyright)2006

An entertaining and well crafted mystery   Oct 6, 2005
Carl Brookins is a product of the University of Minnesota and a career in public television. He also reviews books for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mystery Scene Magazine, Books n' Bytes, and [...]. He has published two prior mysteries, INNER PASSAGES and A SUPERIOR MYSTERY. He is totally immersed in the mystery genre, leading reading groups for Barnes and Noble and is a member of all the usual mystery groups.

OLD SILVER brings back the team of Michael Tanner, corporate public relations man, and his second wife, Mary Whitney. They love sailing, good food, traveling, snorkeling, and having adventures. But the discovery of a metal object on a return trip to Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior changes their lives as the find represents a one hundred year old shipwreck that two powerful families involved want to keep under wraps. After the murder of an innocent archivist, the family connections keep recurring in most peculiar ways as Tanner and Mary try to interpret tidbits of information even as their investigation attracts possibly lethal attention from unknown sources and near misses:

"The deputy sheriff came over. 'Mr. Tanner, we're pretty sure it was a blue and white tractor, possibly a Kenilworth, that hit you. I got no reason for you to stay here. We'll be in touch if we need you to come back up. If we find the tractor and can tie a driver to this incident. Frankly, unless we get a break, there's not much to go on.'"

Carl Brookins has really hit his stride with his third mystery. Michael and Mary are a loving, intelligent, and talented duo who also have ordinary needs (sleep) and the occasional scuffle. They travel between Minneapolis, Duluth, Lake Superior, and Chicago on their hunt for the solution to this tricky tangle. The action and plot are superbly plotted, and each near miss brings them inexorably closer to the solution to this intra-familial secret. They are spurred on by the injustice of the murdered victims, plus a little bit of revenge instinct on the part of the scruffy Tanner, who resents the fact that some gangster tried to kill him. Tanner and Mary both shine as super-sleuths who have the heart, the determination, and the mental acuity to blast apart the entropy of old secrets that have simmered for too long. OLD SILVER is an entertaining and well crafted mystery sure to please any mystery buff.

Shelley Glodowski
Senior Reviewer
A grand read!  Sep 8, 2005
This is St. Paul author Brookins' third book, and the third Michael Tanner Mystery. Set in Minneapolis, Duluth, Chicago, and the waters off the Apostle Islands, this mystery has its roots buried deep in the silt on the bottom of Lake Superior. What some suspect might be recovered from the Amador, a ship that went down in 1905, has monumental repercussions in the present day.

The story begins when a researcher working at the Minnesota Historical Society discovers a 100-year-old letter discussing the Amador and its trip from Chicago to Duluth in 1905. To her surprise she realizes that it pertains to a friend's ancestors. She succumbs to temptation and makes a copy to show him, setting in motion events that will cause three murders.

The same week, Mary Whitney and Michael Tanner are on vacation in the Midwest and sailing around the Apostle Islands with friends, when Mary discovers a brass plate with the word Amador on it. Mary and Michael are intrigued because the plate is far from the ship's last reported path. The wealthy Chicago deVole family had looked for the ship for several years after it went down, leading to speculation that it must have carried a valuable cargo. Had the deVoles been looking in the wrong place all along? What exactly was on the ship?

Tanner and Whitney investigate, working with the Minneapolis and Duluth police after several related murders. Tanner's life is threatened and he is nearly killed when run off the road by a huge semi. Tanner interrogates the remaining descendents of the deVole and Mayhew families and discovers animosity and dissention, and many lies and half truths.

You will enjoy this intellectual mystery that is as chilling as the waters of Lake Superior, and as enthralling as the sunlight sparkling on the waves.

Brookins is a sailor and writer who lives in St. Paul with his wife. He writes reviews for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and other publications. He has had two books published: Inner Passages, 2001; and A Superior Mystery, 2002.

Brookins does it again  Jul 6, 2005
Carl Brookins has once again brought his vast knowledge of sailing to his second Mary Whitney and Michael Tanner mystery. Set in Northern Minnesota, with Lake Superior as a backdrop, "Old Silver" starts off with the discoveries of a hundred year old letter and a brass plate from a sunken ship called the Amador. Whitney and Tanner's investigation draws them ever deeper into a past era of corruption and crime involving high society. Someone wants the letter bad enough to attempt murder.
Terrific sailing scenes, the hunt for sunken treasure, and a murderer or murderers on the loose, make for a suspenseful read this summer. Don't miss out on Carl Brookins' "Old Silver."-C. C. Canby, author: "Masks of Murder."

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