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Stakeout [Hardcover]

Parnell Hall

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Jan. 15 2013 Stanley Hastings Mystery
Stanley Hastings finally felt like a real PI, staking out a New Jersey motel to get evidence on a cheating husband. Only the husband wasn't cheating, he was dead, and the cops are trying to pin the murder on a man apprehended at the scene-- who just happens to be Stanley. To clear his name, Stanley will wind up jumping bail, impersonating a police officer, staking out a mob boss, and appropriating a murder weapon from a sassy Jersey Girl.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (Jan. 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605984027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605984025
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dialogue is lots of fun. May 15 2013
By Marsha and Roger - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This detective can't do anything right and draws his friends into the mess he makes. The dialogue is very entertaining in a classic private eye style.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stakeout, by Parnell Hall Sept. 19 2013
By Willa Cline - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A new Stanley Hastings novel is like "comfort food" reading for me. They're usually a quick read, and the fact that they're all kind of the same is comforting rather than annoying. Stanley, a failed actor, works for an ambulance-chasing attorney taking photographs to back up their clients' claims of accidental injuries. But Stanley wants to be a "real" detective, and he thinks that means spending hours in a car on stakeout and peeing in a Gatorade bottle. But he doesn't really think about the consequences of his actions, and as a result he's always rushing in and messing up the crime scene, getting arrested for murder and then, of course, trying to fix things in his own bumbling way.

Stanley has a long-suffering wife, Alice, who he readily admits is a lot smarter than he is, but strangely enough, he never seems to follow her advice.

The murder mystery is secondary to the character study, in my opinion. I enjoy the relationships between Stanley and Alice, Stanley and Richard the attorney, and Stanley and his police detective friend McAuliffe. A very enjoyable read.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for a review; I was not paid for this review, nor required to post a positive review.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh out loud mystery! Jan. 8 2013
By Bill Baker - Published on
If you want a good laugh and love mysteries, then you'll love this one. Remember Peter Seller's in the Pink Panther as Jacques Clouseau? That's Stanley Hastings here in spades.

Like Peter Seller's Jacques Clouseau, we have a detective who never seems to be able to get it right - until the mystery all falls into place and he escapes unscathed by arrests or by mob revenge at the end.

This has a lot of laughs, a good mystery, and a memorable detective with all the wiles of Pink Panther's Peter Sellers as Jacques Clouseau - a fun and laugh out loud read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Side Splitting Mystery Aug. 6 2013
By gpangel - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stakeout by Parnell Hall is an Pegasus publication and was released in January 2013. This is a Stanley Hastings Mystery. Stanley feels like a real detective when he is hired by a woman to find out if her husband is having an affair. Stanley is staking out a motel where the man in question has gone. A woman never shows up, however. After waiting what felt like an inordinate amount of time, Stanley loses patience and goes to see what's going on. He finds the man has been murdered and almost immediately, the cops show up and arrest Stanley for murder. Stanley's lawyer, his wife, and a New York detective all get involved in the case as Stanley tries to find out who really killed the guy in the motel as well as another murder victim that could be related. Stanley's case turns out to be quite complicated. A mobster, his girlfriend and his wife, the woman that hired him and the manager of the motel all wind up being suspects. Stanley's lawyer is at his wits end as Stanley continues to get in his own way. Laugh out loud funny, this screwball mystery was an absolute delight. Stanley's conversations with his wife are classic, the descriptions of New York and New Jersey traffic had me bowled over in laughter. I highly recommend this mystery, and all the charming Stanley Hastings mysteries. I promise you will love these. Highly recommend!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT selling words by the ton May 27 2013
By Brad Johnston - Published on
All of what these reviewers say is true, PLUS the wonderful relief of a book NOT written by either a teacher of "creative writing" or a student of "creative writing", all of whom write as if they are selling words by the ton. Reading Parnell Hall is like talking to someone you've known since high school, someone who speaks to you in simple, straightforward language, as if they know you can't be fooled by flowery, exaggerated wording that contributes nothing to the story line.

(I put "creative writing" in quotes because ALL writing is either creative or it's plagiarism.)

I highly recommend Stakeout and Parnell Hall, with whom I was not previously acquainted.

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