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Poor Butterfly

(1990)
(Book 15 in the Toby Peters series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
In the latest of Kaminsky's popular crime capers recreating lost times and glamorous figures, PI Toby Peters gets an assignment from Leopold Stokowski. The maestro's rehearsals for Madame Butterfly in 1942 incite anti-Japanese protests at the crumbling San Francisco Opera House while ''Erik,'' this opera's phantom, kills performers inside. Although Toby's loyal if outlandish buddies arrive to help, Eric eludes them and the murders continue. The detective himself barely escapes death and arrest for killing while he investigates likely suspects: the fake evangelist leading the pickets damning the debasement of noble Lt. Pinkerton; the opera house's eccentric caretaker; a once-hopeful singer with a failing voice. Hardly a pause separate the frightful, madly comic and nostalgic incidents made believable and entertaining in Kaminsky's artful handling.

AudioFile - Rita Nappi
LA private eye Toby Peters is back, and opera is the stage for the threats and subsequent murders by the phantom Toby is hired to ferret out. George Guidall voices the witty, down-to-earth Toby with perfect dryness. He presents imperious Leopold Stokowski, famed conductor, with an accented, formal resonance, and characterizes Toby's ancient landlady and the delicate, young soprano with equal aplomb. Providing all of the roles, major and minor, with individual character, Guidall glides through the story's twists and turns while entertaining the listener with surprises. R.N. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Genre: Mystery
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Hardback Editions

December 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Poor Butterfly
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
ISBN: 1-56054-065-6 / 978-1-56054-065-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Poor Butterfly
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
ISBN: 0-89296-411-1 / 978-0-89296-411-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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Paperback Editions

April 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Poor Butterfly (A Toby Peters Mystery)
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
ISBN: 0-446-40011-4 / 978-0-446-40011-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Poor Butterfly: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 15
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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July 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Poor Butterfly: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 15
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Poor Butterfly
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
ISBN: 0-7887-0833-3 / 978-0-7887-0833-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 1996 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Poor Butterfly
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
ISBN: 0-7861-1018-X / 978-0-7861-1018-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Poor Butterfly (The Toby Peters Mysteries Book 15)
Author(s): Stuart M Kaminsky
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
Availability: Amazon UK