Item description for In a Teapot (Scott Elliott Mysteries) by Terence Faherty...
A film version of THE TEMPEST, William Shakespeare's final play, featuring the cream of Hollywood's aristocratic British Colony?When the project is announced in 1948, it sounds like an idea that can't miss.But then the whispers start about one of those British actors and a burlesque queen, and murder follows shortly. Enter Scott Elliott, top operative of Hollywood Security and the soon-to-be husband of the lovely Ella Englehart.To get to the altar, Elliott must dodge blonde bombshells and gangsters, and solve a mystery that echoes Shakespeare's crowning work.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher The Mystery Company
ISBN 1932325042 ISBN13 9781932325041
Availability 0 units.
More About Terence Faherty
Terence Faherty is the author of two series: the Shamus-winning Scott Elliott private eye series, set in the golden age of Hollywood, and the Edgar-nominated Owen Keane series, which follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned metaphysical detective. His short fiction has won the Macavity Award and been nominated for the Anthony and the Derringer. An occasional lecturer on the films of Basil Rathbone, Faherty was recently admitted to the Baker Street Irregulars. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Jan.
Terence Faherty currently resides in Indianapolis.
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A Small Gem Sep 10, 2005
IN A TEAPOT is a small gem, a story of revenge carefully planned over a period of time. The writing is flawless, the story is short enough to read in an evening and long enough to satisfy. Faherty writes with humor and a light touch, murder notwithstanding.
The year is 1948. An independent producer wants to cast members of Hollywood's aging "British colony" in a movie version of Shakespeare's final play, "The Tempest." Names like Ronald Colman, Charles Laughton and Basil Rathbone are bandied about.
So far, the only actor to sign a contract is Forrest Combs, who's dating a burlesque queen. The producer knows that the Brits won't sign if there's a hint of scandal. Unless Combs gives up the girl the movie won't happen.
Enter Scott Elliott, a former actor now working for Paddy McGuire, president of the Hollywood Security Agency. Their specialty, as Scott observes, is pulling clients out of a jam. "Also hushing up, paying off, and leaning on."
An example of Faherty's smooth and judicious use of language is this brief exchange when Paddy and Scott meet with Jeffries, the producer:
QUOTE: "It may mean some money changing hands," Paddy observed. Jeffries took a pen from his pocket and wrote a figure on a damp cocktail napkin. I counted three zeros when he pushed it across to Paddy. "Promise her that much to forget she ever met Combs. And a second payment the day we finish shooting." Paddy tucked the napkin into his watch pocket. "Consider it done," he said. END QUOTE
As Scott and Paddy drive away, Paddy says, "I smell a fish," and the story takes off.