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"The [authors] masterfully mix mystery, action, romance and sciology
together in this well-researched book. The Libby seale series is set in a
time when such things as bicycles and typewriters were modern marvels, and
Portland was starting to come into it's own as a true city. The Zellniks
bring the city to life for readers with their detailed descriptions of its
bars, restaurants, and communities. A Death at the Rose Paperworks is
recommended... The second Libby Seale book will leave readers eagerly
awaiting the third."
"The book's strength is in its characters and evocation of a particular
time. The Portland of this novel is far removed from the liberal,
environmentally conscious image of Portland today. ... I am anxiously
awaiting the third in the series."
"This series effectively captures the vibrant atmosphere of a growing
western city as the twentieth century dawns. The novel also raises issues
that are as timely today as they were when Libby and Peter were
investigating: immigration, fair labor practices, business corruption, and
spousal abuse. This first-rate historical series deserves a wider
"Zellnik's second look at life in turn-of-the-century Portland provides
historical interest along with strong characters and a solid
"Libby is a fascinating study -- a contradictory mixture of modern thought
and Victorian manners... Her internal conflicts are both
thought-provoking and poignant."
"Libby Seale is an enchanting combination of old fashioned propriety
and modern day thinking. As she teams up with her love interest, Peter
Eberle, to solve this mystery, the attraction between them adds a delicate
touch of romance and desire... Readers will learn more about this time
period as details are smoothly incorporated into the story. A Death at
the Rose Paperworks is an historical mystery worth reading!"
Praise for Murder at the Portland Variety...
initial foray into the genre. Both research and the love of Portland
evident, as well as suspense and a dab of romance. M. J. Zellnik is a team