The Turquoise Shop



The Turquoise ShopFirst Published In 1941, This Book Introduced The Sleuthing Pair Of Jean Holly Later Jean Abbott And Mr Pat Abbott Whose Adventures Took Them All Over The Globe This Novel Is Set In A Fictionalized Version Of Taos, New Mexico.

Frances Kirkwood Crane was an American mystery author, who introduced private investigator Pat Abbott and his future wife Jean in her first novel, The Turquoise Shop 1941 The Abbotts investigated crimes in a total of 26 volumes, each with a colour in the title.She died in an Albuquerque, New Mexico nursing home, where she had spent the previous few months because of ill health Her ashes were scattered across her home town of Lawrenceville.Frances Crane, author of the colorful Pat and Jean Abbott mystery stories, was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois After graduating from the University of Illinois, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she travelled in Europe While living there in the 1920s she began contributing to magazines, including The New Yorker, in which her satirical Mrs Craig Higgs pieces from England appeared Her articles did not prevent her from expanding into mystery fiction, a genre in which she found great success on both sides of the ocean.Mrs Crane spent a good part of her life traveling the world, living for extended periods in the places that provided the settings for many of her mysteries San Francisco was one of her favorite cities and the home of the Abbotts Her love for that cosmopolitan center was reflected in Thirteen White Tulips, The Amber Eyes, The Man in Gray, and others Similarly, her fascination with Tangier was evidenced in The Coral Princess Murders 1954 , and her love of New Orleans in The Indigo Necklace 1945 Paris, Louisville, Texas, and many other interesting locales were also backgrounds for her mysteries.From 1941 to 1965, Mrs Crane completed 26 novels featuring the Abbotts, whose adventures were broadcast in two radio series in the 1940s and 50s, Abbott Mysteries and Adventures of the Abbotts.

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  • Paperback
  • 188 pages
  • The Turquoise Shop
  • Frances Crane
  • English
  • 03 September 2019
  • 0915230712

10 thoughts on “The Turquoise Shop

  1. Ian says:

    The first book in the Pat Abbott mysteries Pat Abbott has gone to Santa Maria, New Mexico for a holiday and to try his hand at painting What he didn t expect was to arrive in the middle of a murder investigation Jean Holly s Turquoise Shop, clearing house for gossip and art ware, was the centre of the storm, and it was Jean herself who played an important part in helping Pat Abbott, the skilful detective, to the right solution.I love this series, each book set in different locations around the The first book in the Pat Abbott mysteries Pat Abbott has gone to Santa Maria, New Mexico for a holiday and to try his hand at painting What he didn t expect was to arrive in the middle of a murder investigation Jean Holly s Turquoise Shop, clearing house for gossip and art ware, was the centre of the storm, and it was Jean herself who played an important part in helping Pat Abbott, the skilful detective, to the right solution.I love this series, each book set in different locations around the world With a good set of main characters, in well written and plotted mysteries There are 26 books in the series that started in 1941 and finished in 1965 They all contain a colour in the title Some like the above title are available, due to reprinting a few years ago.My edition was published in 1949 by Hammond, Hammond publishers in London, with its original UK dust jacket in a protective cover.I have read about 9 books in the series, but that was a long time ago And as I have a complete set, I thought it was high time that I read them all.If you like the review and would like to read reviews on other books I have read, visit my blog at www.finalchapterreadersgroup.wordpres like, comment and follow

  2. Mir says:

    I just picked up a first edition of The Pink Umbrella at a library book sale, without knowing anything about it the books were by the sack, so I guess I should track down the start of the series first Never heard of Crane before I just picked up a first edition of The Pink Umbrella at a library book sale, without knowing anything about it the books were by the sack, so I guess I should track down the start of the series first Never heard of Crane before

  3. Bev says:

    The Turquoise Shop 1941 is the first book in Frances Crane s Jean Holly later Abbott and Pat Abbot mystery series Jean Holly is the owner of The Turquoise Shop, selling silver and turquoise jewelry and a few paintings here and there Patrick Abbott is a handsome private detective from San Francisco who has come to Santa Maria, New Mexico on an artistic holiday He wants to take up painting as a hobby or so he says But is it just coincidence that he has arrived just in time for a murder an The Turquoise Shop 1941 is the first book in Frances Crane s Jean Holly later Abbott and Pat Abbot mystery series Jean Holly is the owner of The Turquoise Shop, selling silver and turquoise jewelry and a few paintings here and there Patrick Abbott is a handsome private detective from San Francisco who has come to Santa Maria, New Mexico on an artistic holiday He wants to take up painting as a hobby or so he says But is it just coincidence that he has arrived just in time for a murder and some counterfeit bills to trickle through town Mona Brandon swooped down upon Santa Maria a few years ago dominating everyone with her money and her manner And everyone included her artistic husband who had disappeared several months prior to Abbott s arrival Did he grow tired of his bossy wife and head for parts unknown Or is his the body found murdered in the desert and made unrecognizable by the turkey vultures Suspicion falls upon Carmencita Dominguez a woman of Mexican descent who had lived in a cabin with the man who called himself Arkwright and who has been identified as the body in the desert She was prosecuted by Mona Brandon a few years ago for allegedly stealing a diamond bracelet Rumor has it that Tom Brandon, Mona s missing husband, was infatuated with the girl and had returned to Santa Maria to live with her.But if Arkwright was Tom Brandon, why would Carmencita kill him And if she didn t, then who did The local sheriff, Jim Trask consults Abbott on the case finding Jean Holly s shop with its cozy fireplace to be an ideal spot to talk things over When another murder happens this time at Mona s expensive hacienda on the outskirts of town Trask and Abbott are faced with evenquestions and suspicion gets evenly spread among the artistic crown in Santa Maria The spotlight of scrutiny focuses first on Mona and then on her handsome Indian chauffeur Luis Fellow artist Michael O Hara, town gossip and resident poet Gilbert Mason, and Jean s good friend Daisy Payne all fall under suspicion as well But who benefits most and does it have anything to do with the counterfeit twenties passed at Jean Holly s shop This is a fairly solid series opener Good introduction to our main characters, Jean and Pat, and an interesting and eclectic group in the supporting cast These are definitely on the softer side of the private eye genre, especially with the addition of the budding romance between Jean and Pat There are lots of red herrings and Pat keeps the clues fairly close to his chest, but the mystery is intriguing nonetheless A good read for those looking for a bit of mystery and a light touch First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks

  4. Stephen Biller says:

    Enjoyable read with quirky characters There was a surprising urgency not often found in older books The setting gave me a glimpse into a world I knew nothing aboutthe New Mexico art scene pre WW2

  5. Jessi says:

    When Pat Abbott met Jean Holly I d read the second book in the series rare for me to start out of order, but I was able to get a hold of it first and enjoyed it so I decided to go back to the beginning Jean lives in a town pretty much run by a rich woman, Mona Brandon Her husband has been missing for a long time and the gossip buzzes about whether the body of a drifter could have been the man himself Mona is not well liked using her money to control the town and having had a popular Latino When Pat Abbott met Jean Holly I d read the second book in the series rare for me to start out of order, but I was able to get a hold of it first and enjoyed it so I decided to go back to the beginning Jean lives in a town pretty much run by a rich woman, Mona Brandon Her husband has been missing for a long time and the gossip buzzes about whether the body of a drifter could have been the man himself Mona is not well liked using her money to control the town and having had a popular Latino put in jail for stealing a diamond bracelet But now there arepeople dying and shots are even flying in Jean s direction.Great characterization, moves a little slower than modern mysteries but, if you can relax and enjoy the ride, it s a great read

  6. Lynn says:

    This book is the first in a series, in which the heroine ends up meeting and marrying a detective When I began, I did not foresee that In this first book, the woman is very independent, lives alone in a cabin and owns her own shop in a sort of artists community in the desert, somewhere in the Southwest USA New Mexico Arizona I can t remember It reminded me of Northern Exposure, although not quite as funny But it had a similar feeling as far as the setting in small town full of eccentri This book is the first in a series, in which the heroine ends up meeting and marrying a detective When I began, I did not foresee that In this first book, the woman is very independent, lives alone in a cabin and owns her own shop in a sort of artists community in the desert, somewhere in the Southwest USA New Mexico Arizona I can t remember It reminded me of Northern Exposure, although not quite as funny But it had a similar feeling as far as the setting in small town full of eccentrics I remember the main character having to apologize to the detective because she doesn t have a phone

  7. Susan says:

    Jean Holly runs a small shop in the artists colony of Santa Maria Local gossip buzzes about the mysterious murder of a quasi hermit, but everything changes when vacationing detective Pat Abbott walks into Jean s store He has no interest in the case, he declares, but he soon demonstrates an interest in Jean, who wants to protect any of her friends who may be under suspicion She s muchskeptical about the local philanthropist, Mona, who uses her money and clout to keep the local residents Jean Holly runs a small shop in the artists colony of Santa Maria Local gossip buzzes about the mysterious murder of a quasi hermit, but everything changes when vacationing detective Pat Abbott walks into Jean s store He has no interest in the case, he declares, but he soon demonstrates an interest in Jean, who wants to protect any of her friends who may be under suspicion She s muchskeptical about the local philanthropist, Mona, who uses her money and clout to keep the local residents in line And whatever did happen to Mona s artist husband, anyway First of this long running series, this is set during World War II

  8. Avid Series Reader says:

    I found this book tedious The main characters seemed interesting when they were first introduced, but the story dragged Easy to put down, took a week to finish amazing for such a thin paperback 187 pages The location is Taos NM renamed Santa Maria , the time period is 1941 According to the introduction, main characters represent actual residents of the period, and the story is based on a true event There are overtones of racial class tension between Indians Anglos and Mexicans Anglos I found this book tedious The main characters seemed interesting when they were first introduced, but the story dragged Easy to put down, took a week to finish amazing for such a thin paperback 187 pages The location is Taos NM renamed Santa Maria , the time period is 1941 According to the introduction, main characters represent actual residents of the period, and the story is based on a true event There are overtones of racial class tension between Indians Anglos and Mexicans Anglos I would not recommend the book, and do not plan to read anyin the Jean Pat Abbott series

  9. Kate says:

    For my full review click on the link below For my full review click on the link below

  10. Anne says:

    This is the first in the Pat and Jean Abbot series, and the second one I have read I actually enjoyed book two The Golden Box .

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