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Movie producer Sy Spencer - one of the premier residents of the Hamptons, Long Island's oh-so-fashionable each resort for everyone who is anyone - has hosted his last power clambake, thanks to whoever shot him dead beside his oceanfront pool.Heading the investigation is Hamptons native Steve Brady. His prime suspect is Sy's ex-wife Bonnie, a strangely appealing and energetMovie producer Sy Spencer - one of the premier residents of the Hamptons, Long Island's oh-so-fashionable each resort for everyone who is anyone - has hosted his last power clambake, thanks to whoever shot him dead beside his oceanfront pool.Heading the investigation is Hamptons native Steve Brady. His prime suspect is Sy's ex-wife Bonnie, a strangely appealing and energetic woman both in and out of bed. As the case against Bonnie builds, so does Brady's obsession with her. Before long, he's laying the case and his career on the line for her, ignoring all the rules, all the evidence, and all common sense....

Title : Magic Hour
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ISBN : 9780061099489
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Magic Hour Reviews

  • Donna Davis
    2019-05-02 02:02

    Isaacs is a word-painter. Her writing is vivid and lush, and once in awhile, a slice of wry humor comes around a corner and strikes you hard and fast, and you didn't expect to laugh, yet there you are.I read everything Isaacs writes. This was one of the first. I am usually unwilling to read about the upper-middle-class and wealthy characters, but because she is so very, very good, I read them anyway.I don't want to wreck the plot with specifics. One thing I will say: the women are always the heroes...and I guess I like that part. And yes, if you are particular about off-color language, avoid everything she has written, as you are sure to be offended. As for me? I found out that she has published one I haven't read yet, and I can hardly wait!

  • Dollie
    2019-05-21 18:56

    I can’t believe how long I’ve had this book in my bookshelf, along with the other two Issacs' books I haven’t read yet, but have had for almost 20 years. I think I probably would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it 20 years ago, but it was good enough to keep me reading it. I liked the leading character, Steve Brady, and I liked Bonnie Spencer a lot. Steve is a detective in the Hamptons, where a movie is being made. Bonnie’s ex-husband, Sy, is the producer. When Sy is shot and killed weeks into production, it’s Steve and his partners’ job to find the killer. Steve has a lot of other things to deal with in this story, though. I was very surprised by who the killer turned out to be, showing Issacs’ skill as a writer and making the book worth the read.

  • Marianne Hauswirth
    2019-05-16 00:13

    My go to book! Have read it every summer for at least the last ten years and recommend it to all my friends! Steve Brady, recovering alcoholic homicide detective rediscovers the love of his life who he doesn't even remember. Susan Issac's descriptions of Long Island from what is now 25 years ago is bittersweet.

  • Robin
    2019-05-07 23:25

    I like a lot of types of books, or a variety of subjects. And I picked up this book because it's by an author, Susan Isaacs, who is a most reliable provider of classic page-turners. I've read a lot of her books, and I gave it as a gift to myself during this holiday week. And I enjoyed it thoroughly, and without any guilt...

  • Nicole
    2019-04-27 23:08

    Steven Brady, alcoholic detective, was not a character I could feel sympathy with. Nor were any of the others. His struggles and lusts were just pauses in the story while he wallowed about. I have little patience after the first few so found skimming the book for where the plot returned the way to finish this book. Edited down it would be better.This part I liked was to shifting through the evidence and analyzing it with a good balance between intuition and basic procedure. While Brady was doing his job, interviewing, collecting and collating the data the story was good. it gave a great picture of the conflicts between the summer people of wealth who come out from New York in contrast to the locals, some wealthy some not, who live there. The failure was in a strong capable character who wallowed in periods of angst that seemed unrelated to the rest of the story. Yes he had trouble and was capable of rising above it with the aid of AA. Those sections were well told. While he interacted the story moved and the character worked. It was the overly long introspections that failed.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-20 03:04

    It was a good story but a too heavy with details. I prefer a different style of writing and genre.I thought this was romance, but it's really a mystery. Readers who love mysteries will probably enjoy this more than I. There was way too much conversation and too many details to follow. I didn't want my brain to have to work to remember and analyze all the details. I had to take notes while reading to keep track of the different names, etc. I prefer books that don't make me concentrate and work so hard. I also didn't like this style of writing - all in first person, told from the police detective's perspective.STORY BRIEF:Steve is a police detective trying to solve the murder of Sy. He falls in love with Bonnie who is the main suspect.DATA:Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: a few (I forgot exactly). Setting: around 1989 The Hamptons. Copyright: 1991. Genre: mystery with some romance.

  • Teri
    2019-05-27 01:21

    I'd read a recommendation for Susan Isaacs' books somewhere online as humorous detective fiction, so I picked this off the library shelves. It was okay. There were parts which I thought could have been cut because they did nothing to advance the plot or develop character, and they weren't interesting enough on their own to be worth the time; she needs me to edit her work! Now reading "After All These Years" and after only 25 pages, I like it lots better!

  • lynn
    2019-05-21 01:12

    A murder in the Hamptons. Big time movie producer in the midst of a film production. Lots of possible suspects as he did not try to make friends. Local cop assigned to solve the mystery. Similar to the plot of another book I just read (won't reveal which one so as not to give away anything!). This one was better written that the other with more detail to the plot. Fun read on a cold winter's day.

  • joan winant
    2019-05-09 21:10

    Just the best beach book ever in the world...After all these years, it still holds up as both a wicked satire on the ever more celebrity- focused Hamptons and a celebration of the redemptive power of love . The author creates real people, not just caricatures, and we end up caring for them deeply. Just as they do, we have fun and laugh through tears.

  • Kathleen Cochran
    2019-05-09 22:23

    This sounds like a piece of fluff, possibly a good beach read. Don't dismiss this interesting story that unfolds slowly and develops its characters with the expertise of a seasoned writer. I keep waiting for Susan Isaacs to write another "Magic Hour" quality novel. I know she has it in her. This one is absolutely her best work.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-02 21:58

    It was a well-written mystery, but none of the characters were terribly appealing. The romance aspect was pretty much killed by how negative the male narrator was toward his love interest - physically, emotionally, verbally- criticism is not terribly romantic.

  • Dixie Swanson
    2019-04-26 18:58

    At Her BestHow many writers can pull off writing in the first person --- of the opposite sex? Not many. Read it for excellent writing, plot, and most of all, because you root for the hero ... and the heroine.

  • Janet
    2019-05-05 03:05

    This is a crime novel with a romantic interest. I liked the story line and characters, liked the love interest, didn't care much for the sex scenes and language that was there in places, although it wasn't as bad as most romance novels.

  • Lynn Pribus
    2019-05-11 19:15

    I read this a long time ago, but I've always loved Susan Isaacs. And Magic Hour is a wonderful term for the gloaming of sunrise and sunset when photos are always better -- golden light and long shadows.

  • Laurel
    2019-05-16 22:23

    beach read.

  • Maurean
    2019-05-16 23:19

    This was a fun read;a comical suspense that follows the mystery of who killed Sy Spencer, the famous producer -- wife #1? wife #2? or the newest starlett who was sharing his bed?

  • Jennifer Edwards
    2019-05-10 19:07

    My favorite of all of her books.

  • Karen
    2019-04-27 19:06

    Another entertaining book but different than other Isaacs' books in that she writes in the voice of a male homicide detective. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  • Jackie Simons
    2019-05-18 21:56

    Read 1/00

  • Renee
    2019-05-11 03:08

    susan isaacs is a sharp, witty writer. there are TOO MANY cuss words, though : (

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-17 01:03

    I always enjoy Susan Isaacs' books and this one is fun. A good mystery and a quick read...very fun.

  • Kim Whitley-Gaynor
    2019-05-13 02:05

    I’m surprised so many disliked this book. It is my favorite Susan Isaacs' novel about a ballsy woman and a cop. Lighter reading for sure, but I loved his sense of humor and observances.

  • Fangirl
    2019-05-16 03:18

    It was a long time ago that I read this book. I do remember that I enjoyed it, but no details or characters really stuck with me.

  • Raisu
    2019-05-14 20:14

    A book that - despite being published in the early 90's - just screams 80's to me. And not in a good way.

  • Susan
    2019-05-13 00:58

    fun location - so dated - I waited too long to read it!

  • Joanne Timm
    2019-05-17 22:15

    A good read

  • Dianne
    2019-05-17 20:14

    I've read all of Susan Isaacs novels - this one is my favorite. Great read.

  • Rob
    2019-05-06 00:02

    This really should be on my To-Read list. It entertained me at a young age, but, I am curious to see how I will take it as an adult.

  • Jen
    2019-05-16 03:12

    Excellent vacation reading!

  • Jean
    2019-04-26 00:12

    good twist to the story