The Birth of M. E. Meegs

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Part mystery, part parody, The Birth of M.E. Meegs is the first Emmie Reese short story. Set in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century, this story follows Emmie Reese, an aspiring journalist. Our heroine becomes involved with a death in Lancashire when one of her stories is found in the dead man’s pocket. Over several months, she solves the case through correspondence with Scotland Yard. More
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Published: July 20, 2012
Words: 10,540
Language: English
ISBN: 9781938710025
About Robert Bruce Stewart

It’s my aspiration to write historical mysteries that are humorous in a sophisticated way, yet faithful to both the genre and the period. All my titles take place in the early 20th century and all involve Harry Reese and his wife Emmie. These two share a quirky, symbiotic relationship based on mutual amusement and unblemished by sentiment.

What would give me the most satisfaction is to one day write sentences like the following, from P.G. Wodehouse’s “A Damsel in Distress”:

“The proprietor of the grocery store on the corner was bidding a silent farewell to a tomato which even he, though a dauntless optimist, had been compelled to recognize as having outlived its utility.”

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Review by: Kevin A. Lyons on Oct. 28, 2013 : star star star
A quick read and a nice story. It serves as a good introduction for the characters in a series, although I haven't read the other stories, yet.

My only complaint is that much of the mystery unfolds in letters from a police officer in England to the protagonist in New York -- as a result the mystery is "told" to us, rather than "shown" as it resolves.

Still, the characters are well drawn, the setting is interesting, and the mystery was clever.
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Review by: kari cook on April 06, 2013 : star star star star
This is a delightful short story. Written in the style of a traditional mystery. The characters and the historical background are fun. A quick light read. I look foreword to reading more by this author. Enjoy
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