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Fire Season (Frank Coffin Mysteries) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. Juli 2012

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“The third in this series is fulfilling the promise of the earlier books with its sharp dialogue, keen sense of place, and a protagonist who's reminiscent of Robert B. Parker's Spenser but more of an everyman. Great entertainment.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Enjoyable. . .Those who like their murders served with a hearty helping of whimsy and humor will be rewarded.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A poet and a college professor with an ear for comedy... Loomis heaps up the bodies in this peaceful, playful beach town.” ―National Public Radio on Mating Season

“Coffin's second outing hardly could be better: Loomis' prose is crisp and smart, and his characterizations ring true, with none more appealing than Coffin himself, a cop with a phobia of corpses. Reminiscent of Robert B. Parker at his best.” ―Booklist (starred review) on Mating Season

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

JON LOOMIS, a college professor, is the author of two Frank Coffin mysteries and two collections of poetry. The recipient of a number of fellowships and awards including the FIELD poetry prize, he lives in Wisconsin with his family.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Some Men Just Like To Watch The World Burn 12. August 2012
Von Ethan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Frank Coffin, police detective and interim chief of Provincetown, Massachusetts, is undergoing a lifestyle change. As a typical middle-aged man who's mind tells him he's invincible while his body reminds him of his mortality, Coffin is attempting to eat better, exercise more, and quit smoking. He's been recognized for his dedication to his job, is surrounded by supportive friends, and his girlfriend has just revealed that she is pregnant with his child. As the tourist season draws to a close, life is good for Frank Coffin. With all this considered, he has decided he would like to live a little bit longer to enjoy it.

Of course, the quiet off-season is soon interrupted. It all begins when an arsonist sets fire to a dumpster. As more fires begin to pot up around the city, Coffin attempts to catch the arsonist before he escalates to burning down the small town and killing anyone who stands in his way.

Even more troubling is the mental state of Coffins cousin Tom, who is also one of his police officers. For years, Provincetown has fostered rumblings of UFO's in the surrounding area. Locals remain divided on the issue, but Frank becomes directly involved in the matter as Tom begins to speak of his own sightings. As he rambles about being abducted by the invaders, Frank must find a way to ease his cousin's fears and stop the arsonist before the entire town goes mad.

I was very impressed with this novel. While it is certainly not the biggest or most ambitious mystery that I've read, I really appreciated Loomis's subtle way of crafting this delightful story. Frank Coffin immediately comes off as a kind of every man who is easy to root for. Provincetown has the perfect combination of small town setting and quirky characters, allowing a sense of reality to permeate the story. Loomis writes with a refreshingly frank style that makes this novel a quick, suspense driven read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen amusing police procedural 17. Juli 2012
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
While the search for a permanent police chief goes on, Provincetown, Massachusetts detective Frank Coffin serves temporarily as the cop in charge while also doing his regular job. His hope for an easy run in which he spends time with his pregnant girlfriend and deals with his Alzheimer's inflicted mom during the non-tourist season proves false wishful thinking.

First someone kills several seals. Next Frank becomes concerned with a serial arsonist whose fires are increasingly becoming bigger and more dangerous. Finally inside the Fish Palace's lobster tank floats a human head amongst the crustaceans. As he investigates the seal homicides, the Fire Season, the decapitated head and UFOs, Frank wishes they would select the chief already.

The latest Frank Coffin Season Mysteries (see High Season and Mating Season) is an amusing police procedural. Filled with eccentric characters (residents and visitors) and plenty of whimsical situations including UFO terror and when the hero's mom or Uncle Rudy takes the stage, readers will enjoy Frank's abysmal season as the acting chief.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun..and Fire and Murder..in P'town 20. Juli 2012
Von cait - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Acting chief of police Frank Coffin has a lot on his plate at the moment, so he is happy it is the beginning of the more quiet off season in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Oh, but it is not to be.
First, police are called to a horrible, senseless slaughter..of some pet seals at a local restaurant. And then the fires starts. At first, a few dumpsters are doused with gasoline and set ablaze, but very shortly things start to escalate. And then there is the severed head..well, let's just say I will never look at a lobster tank the same way again.
Meanwhile his mom is about to get thrown out of her nursing home and his pregnant girlfriend..she won't marry him, what can he do?...is having odd craving and not so odd but personally upsetting aversions. Oh, and did I mention that one of his deputies, who like many people in town is related to the chief, believes that he has been abducted by aliens and that they are going to return to get him at the Highland Lighthouse. Yes, there are lighthouses! And lots of drag queens, Eastern European mobsters, bloody power tools, flashing lights in the night skies, a parrot with an X-rated vocabulary and all manner of interesting things.

It is not easy to write a book that is at times laugh out loud funny and still present some serious issues and create a real sense of suspense and make it all work, but Loomis does just that in Fire Season. Yes, Frank's mom is a real card, but dealing with her Alzheimer's is a real and very sad challenge. The scenes with the volunteer firemen..did you know you can give mouth to mouth to a cat?..are funny, but the fact that a place like Provincetown is so financially strapped that volunteers are all they can afford is not so funny with an arsonist on the loose.

The author has created some great characters and with P'town as the setting, some of them are real 'characters' indeed. Frank is great as he deals with burden after burden and he assisted by the very able Sgt. Lola Winters and stymied at every turn by the previous Chief, Rodolfo Santos, aka Uncle Rudy. And did I mention the great dialogue? I love funny, witty dialogue and there is more than enough here to make me a happy reader.

Then there is the setting.
I have never been to P'town and only made one glancing trip to Cape Cod to catch the ferry to Nantucket, but some of the beautiful descriptions of the area in this book have me wishing I could pack my bags and jump in the car.
This is the third book in the Coffin mysteries but it totally stands alone, so fear not. After finishing this book in one day..rain can be a good thing..I have the first in the series on order!
A very enjoyable read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I'm sorry for the one-star reviewer 28. September 2012
Von Diamond Mary - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I'm sorry for the one-star reviewer who didn't have as much fun reading this book as I did. He never even finished it, which I don't understand because I couldn't put it down. At the time of one of the biggest fires, there's an exchange between several characters and "our hero" Acting Chief Coffin that was so hilarious, I had to read it out loud to my husband who laughed as hard as I did. I don't want to spoil anyone else's reading pleasure by giving any details of that scene. But what's actually most rewarding about the book is its richness of character delineation and the humanity the author brings to that process. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that now I have to wait so long to get to read about another of Coffin's misadventures in P'town. Please, Jon Loomis, hurry up and write another. I can't stand the suspense over what's going to happen with Frank and Jamie's little daughter, so don't you dare not write another sequel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun Read 13. März 2014
Von J.D. Rhoades - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As he tries to solve the mystery of some dead seals, a serial arsonist, and the murder of a local doctor whose head was found in the lobster tank of a local restaurant, the eternally put-upon Frank Coffin, acting chief of the Provincetown, Mass. Police Department, deals with a number of offbeat characters including: his shady uncle Rudy; a patrolman who thinks he's being abducted by aliens; and a flotilla of drag queens locally known as the Tall Ships. Coffin's an engaging character, a good-natured Everyman who provides the perfect foil for the quirky ensemble around him. Jon Loomis deftly keeps the light and the dark elements in balance in this comic murder mystery, and that's a lot harder than it looks. Recommended.
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