by Robert Bruce Stewart
    These parallel series follow the cases of Harry Reese, an insurance fraud investigator at the turn of the 20th century, and those of his wife, Emmie, an aspiring journalist with a keen interest in bodies found floating in canals. While hewing to the tenets of the mystery story, the books simultaneously poke fun at the genre. Thanks for stopping by!   –   Robert Bruce Stewart


Harry Reese Mysteries

      A Charm of Powerful Trouble
Novel. By the conclusion of this book, the fourth in the series, Harry will have a keen appreciation for the intricacies of both the New York State canal system and the sex life of the tree cricket. And Emmie will likewise be well-versed in the particulars of canal boat smuggling and jailhouse etiquette.

Kalorama Shakedown
Free Novel. In this, the third book of the series, Harry is off to Washington, D.C., to investigate a string of jewelry thefts. But his first order of business is to find out what's behind his wife Emmie's newfound interest in the nation's governance. What neither he nor Emmie knows is that the murderer has already struck. Will they act in time to stop the killer from striking again?

Novel. In this second novel of the series, Harry is looking for a link between the apparent suicide of an insurance agent and the untimely deaths of two of his clients.

Humbug on the Hudson
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Short story. This is an account of a case Harry investigates in Glens Falls, New York, and the many surprises he encounters on his way to a solution.

Always a Cold Deck
Novel. In this first book of the series, Harry is sent to Buffalo to investigate a fire. But once bodies start appearing in canals, it's apparent there's more to the case than a simple insurance claim.

Emmie Reese Mysteries

Psi no more…
Short story. When frustrated in her literary efforts, Emmie embarks on a career as a self-published author—but she still has time left to solve four puzzling mysteries. Not least among them is a killing in her own apartment.

Hidden Booty
Short story. Finding themselves short of money at a fin de siècle French resort town, Harry and Emmie take on the job of solving the mystery of a missing shipment of gold. Emmie bargains to identify the culprits before their ship reaches New York. And that's not all she wagers on....

The Birth of M.E. Meegs
Short story. Emmie embarks on a career as a journalist under the pen name M.E. Meegs and soon after learns that her readership includes a man found dead in a Lancashire canal. While pursuing her career and doing some unusual freelance work at the racetrack, she solves the case through transatlantic correspondence.

Background Material

Glossary – A list of period terms used in the Harry and Emmie Reese Mysteries.

Chronology – The order of the books and the period each takes place.

Characters – A master list of all the principal characters that appear in the books.

Going Places – A blog of historical research.

Maps – Click on the individual titles for maps.

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