Kaminsky wrote excellent mysteries but his Toby Peters series emphasized fun instead of the drama of his other series. No one enjoyed getting beat up, shot at, confused and pushed around more than Toby Peters. He always eventually figures things out while mentioning every brand name that the 1940's sported and listening to all the popular radio shows. His characters are always a mix of well known personalities and kooky, kinky, offbeat Californians. All this happened before I was born. Reading these makes me think I missed something great.