Since Stuart Kaminsky's death Toby Peters and company are no more. So I decided to reread the Toby mysteries and find them to be as entertaining as ever. A private detective in 1940's Los Angeles, Toby finds himself working for a different Hollywood personality in each book. This time it's Mae West, and it's as good as they get. Kaminsky was a movie historian and really knew how to work the stars into a mystery story. The real star, of course, is Toby, and I'll miss him down the road, but I won't hesitate to bring him back on my Kindle every couple of years or so. Next on the list is Gable, then Astaire and John Wayne. You can't go wrong with this cast of characters.
I have been a Toby Peters fan for years. This is not high literature but pure escapism. Being of the WW iI generation I am sure there is a good bit of notalgia tied in with my enjoyment of this series. I hope that Mr. Kaminsky will bring Peters out of retirement.
I've read a number of the Toby Peters mysteries and enjoyed them for the setting and fun they have with famous names of the screen of that time. This one focuses on Mae West but the plot is not very involving and the pacing rather slow. There are some tedious moments as Peters reads the latest unpublished writings of his landlady and a rather silly escape from a mental institution. Too many signs of padding with this story.
What could be more sizzling than the autobiography of Mae West? And it's missing in Stuart Kaminsky's Toby Peters mystery HE DONE HER WRONG. What are a few lumps for Tody when he meets up with the sometimes actor Ressner, who took the book. Then things are just beginning to get rough as Toby lands himself in the middle of a family feud and in a sanatorium from which escape may be impossible. But Tody had a tribe of friends who will go to great lengths for their friend and Mae is one tough lady. Nash Black, author of SINS OF THE FATHERS.