Rumpelstiltskin (Matthew Hope, #2)by Ed McBain Published 1 Jan 1994
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...Bloom shook his head. The sad brown eyes looked even sadder. He sighed and then said, "You know anybody who might’ve wanted that little girl badly enough?"
"What?" I said.
"The little girl."
"I don’t understand."
"Badly enough to have killed the mother for it."
"The little girl's gone, Mr. Hope. Whoever killed Victoria Miller took the little girl with him."
What begins as an ordinary one-night-stand for attorney Matthew Hope turns into a deadly mystery when the woman, a 60's rock star trying for a comeback, is brutally murdered, and her daughter turns up missing.
"Rumpelstiltskin (Matthew Hope, #2)" Reviews
When I started this series, not knowing it was a series at all, I read in this order: First read in the series was #4, then #5, then #1 and lastly, this book #2, Rumpelstiltskin. Therefore I was already familiar with attorney Matthew Hope and his personal situation, divorced with a lovely 13 year old daughter, dating but unattached.
When I entered Rumpelstiltskin on Goodreads, I noticed that my buddy Jim Thane had read it and had given it three stars. When I emailed him he said he couldn’t believe he gave it only three stars because the main character, Matthew Hope, was one of his favorites. Now I know now why Jim gave it only three stars, which was what I offered. And I just love ole Matthew Hope, too, in part because he's quick witted (funny) which I really enjoy in some characters. McBain draws all his characters clearly and seldom puts in so many characters that the reader loses track of who's who, which to me, is a good thing.
Ed McBain was born in New York City as Salvatore Albert Lombino and wrote under the pen names Evan Hunter, Hunt Collins, Curt Cannon, Dean Hudson, Richard Marsten, Ezra Hannon, and John Abbott. I have no idea why so many pen names. Under his pen name Ed McBain he created the 87th Precinct series (police procedural series) which has gotten mixed reviews from my GR friends.
However, Rumpelstiltskin was something entirely different and unexpected compared to the the three Matthew Hope books I had already read. In my opinion, it deserved nothing higher than three stars. So, Jim, you were spot on from where I stand.
All my friends know I am far from being a prude. I seldom, if ever, say anything negative, about sex scenes in books, their description, nothing. However, four and one-half pages (paperback thank goodness) devoted entirely to the reason why a woman would have head hair the color of red or russet and her pubic hair, blond, is simply a bit more than needed or necessary for the story. It was not pertinent in any way that I could see except to take up space. (May have to eat my words in the next in the series, and if so, I will.)
However, the real reason it got three stars from me is because of the ending. It was so contrived, like McBain wasn’t sure who the bad guy was and just banged out (in 1981, banged out on typewriter) some silly, nonsensical ending. So Jim, in my mind, you were not off in your three stars.
James L. Thane, a Goodreads author, should know a good book since he’s written a dynamite of a book, No Place to Die, which I really enjoyed and happily gave four stars. Check it out...it was better than this book by a nationally published author.
My hope is the next Matthew Hope, Beauty and the Beast, makes up for these three stars.
I enjoyed this much more than the first in the Matthew Hope series, with a female singer murdered and her daughter abducted not long after Hope has left her bed at 3am. A number of leads based on a lucrative trust deed and a twist in the tail of the plot at the end.
Former Sixties rock star Victoria Miller finally relents and performs on stage. She no longer has it. Ten she is murdered, brutaly. Her six-year-old daughter Allison is missing. So who is to benefit? Matthew hope comes forward, trying to solve it all. She is the beneficiary of a huge sum in a trust set up by her father. If she does not survive, Allison gets it all.
This one rocks. I felt the tension and emotion that Hope and his characters emitted. This one is well structured with clues artfully placed throughout the story. characters are real and interesting. Hope’s horniness also helps keep the ball rolling.
Carried by the lead character hope
This is a book on tape.
This is a mystery novel written for adults. I listened to this book on tape. It is an interesting version of Rumpelstiltskin. It is about a singer named Victoria who is murdered. She was a famous recording star in the 60s and now she is trying to make it big again in the 80s when she is beaten to death. In the same night her daughter is kidnapped. A lawyer named Matthew Hope (the narrator) was with her the night she was murdered and he follows the case as many different suspects come out of the woodwork. Victoria’s father, ex-husband, band mates, agent, and the club owner where she performed are all questioned. Many people had ideas of what happened, but there were no true leads until later in the story when Victoria’s daughter was found dead. Through the process of his detective work Matthew Hope grows closer to his own daughter, meets and begins a relationship with another lawyer, and manages to uncover details from Victoria’s murder that find the killer. It turns out to be her former agent, who was also her lover at one point, and the father of her child.
This book is recorded on a total of 8 tapes. Throughout the first 4 tapes I was very confused about why this book was called Rumpelstiltskin at all. It wasn’t until the 7th tape that they tell the story of Rumpelstiltskin, and the 8th tape that the true details come out. Victoria’s agent had made her into a star. He turned the “straw” of her band, called Wheat, into 3 gold records. After the first record Victoria repaid him by being his lover. After the second gold record, she became pregnant with his child, but then had a miscarriage. After the third gold record, Victoria married someone else. She had an affair with her agent and became pregnant with his child again. When the agent called the house 6 years later and found out that she was going to start singing again he wanted to “collect” the child that was his. At the end of the book a detective and Matthew Hope refer to the agent as a dwarf, like the traditional Rumpelstiltskin.
I feel like this book was interesting and entertaining. There were a few parts of the book that were not relevant to the plot, but I feel like that was the author’s style. I was interested to read this book because I was curious to find out how a children’s fairy tale could become a large mystery novel. I enjoyed listening to the story; however I would have liked it better if it was read by a different person. The reader of the story was a little monotone and I found myself thinking about other things a few times while listening to the story. I would probably recommend this book to someone who enjoyed mysteries, figuring out puzzles, or thinking about and solving familiar problems in new stories.