Styx & Stone

Styx & Stone

James W. Ziskin / May 30, 2020

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  • Title: Styx & Stone
  • Author: James W. Ziskin
  • ISBN: 9781616148195
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ellie Stone is a professed modern girl in 1960s New York City, playing by her own rules and breaking boundaries while searching for a killer among the renowned scholars in Columbia University s Italian Department If you were a man, you d make a good detective Ellie Stone is sure that Sgt McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity a girl wanting to do a man Ellie Stone is a professed modern girl in 1960s New York City, playing by her own rules and breaking boundaries while searching for a killer among the renowned scholars in Columbia University s Italian Department If you were a man, you d make a good detective Ellie Stone is sure that Sgt McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity a girl wanting to do a man s job has throttled her for too long It s 1960, and Ellie doesn t want to blaze any trails for women she just wants to be a reporter, one who doesn t need to swat hands off her behind at every turn.Adrift in her career, Ellie is back in New York City after receiving news that her estranged father, a renowned Dante scholar and distinguished professor, is near death after a savage bludgeoning in his home The police suspect a routine burglary, but Ellie has her doubts When a second attempt is made on her father s life, in the form of an accident in the hospital s ICU, Ellie s suspicions are confirmed.Then another professor turns up dead, and Ellie s investigation turns to her father s university colleagues, their ambitions, jealousies, and secret lives Ellie embarks on a thorny journey of discovery and reconciliation, as she pursues an investigation that offers her both a chance at redemption in her father s eyes, and the risk of losing him forever.

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        2017 Anthony Award winner of Best Paperback Original HEART OF STONE2017 Macavity Award winner of Sue Feder Memorial Best Historical Novel HEART OF STONE2017 Edgar Award finalist for Best Paperback Original HEART OF STONE2017 Lefty Award finalist for Best Mystery HEART OF STONE2016 Anthony Award finalist for Best Paperback Original STONE COLD DEAD2016 Barry Award finalist for Best Paperback Original STONE COLD DEAD2016 Lefty Award finalist for Best World Mystery Novel STONE COLD DEAD2015 Anthony Award finalist for Best Paperback Original NO STONE UNTURNED


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    1. The words that come to mind to describe James W. Siskin’s debut Ellie Stone novel are intelligent, classy, and well-crafted, among many others. I was completely taken aback by how much I loved not only this book, but Ellie Stone’s character. Here we have a young woman in her early twenties trying to make it in the world of journalism, which is male dominated as this is the 1960’s. Think Mad Men with a little Lois Lane thrown in. This gal is sassy, can hold her liquor, and out thinks any ma [...]


    2. Set in 1960, Styx & Stone introduces Ellie Stone, a reporter for a small newspaper in upstate New York and the daughter of a renowned Dante scholar, Professor Abraham Stone. The elder Stone, a distinguished professor, has been found unconscious in his New York City apartment after having been beaten about the head. It may be a burglary gone bad, but then again, it may not be.Ellie and her widowed father have long been estranged, but she races home to New York City and to the family apartment [...]


    3. Extra! Extra! Young Reporter Solves Murder MysteryEllie Stone at first reminded me a bit of Frank Kane's cub reporter Mugsy Kiely. Ellie is a young reporter in 1960 NYC who has a knack for resolving mysteries by tenacious footwork, always asking questions. This mystery, the first in the series, is set up sort of like a murder mystery weekend in the Poconos with a set list of about a dozen suspects and suspicions falling on first one then another. There's no hotel, but the suspect gallery is draw [...]


    4. 3.5 stars - Review copy provided by Seventh Street Books for an honest review.Styx & Stone was an intriguing book if somewhat heavy in language and plotline. It had a lot of potential in regards to exploring the path of a head-strong "careers women" in the 1960s or even the life of the Italian community in Manhattan at that time, but it didn't tap into those story tangents like I expected it to. Instead it picked up the mystery aspects and drove full-speed ahead with the suspense, intrigue a [...]


    5. This is my kind of mystery. The writer takes you deep into the main character's psyche and also into the time period. I also enjoyed reading about academic politics in a university department. Because the TV show Mad Men has made this time period chic again, perhaps James Ziskin's book will soar. I hope so. It does deserve to. Just simply loved it.


    6. Styx & Stone by James W.ZiskinThe first in the Ellie Stone mystery series, Ellie is a reporter for an upstate New York newspaper. She learns that her father, a University Professor, has been seriously assaulted and is intensive care. Her inquisitive nature leads her to believe that the crime is linked to the recent death of another Professor in the same Italian Department. Ellie meets Detective Sergeant McKeever who wants to put her father’s assault down to a robbery and the death of Dr. E [...]


    7. I received this book through give aways. I like a good mystery, and was very happy when I won. Was this a good mystery? Maybe Was this a good book? In some parts quite good, in other average.I liked the idea of a strong female character. Ellie was just that. In some ways too detached and to clinical. She talked about her emotions, but I did not feel them. Her relationships with other characters in this story were forced and uncomfortable. She had a very strange relationship with her family as w [...]


    8. After starting this series with the third book in it, I am delighted to have gone back and read #1, Styx & Stone. Ellie Stone, with whom I fell in love in Stone Cold Dead, has proved that she is not just a one hit wonder. In Styx and Stone, I got to see where Ellie comes from, her New York City roots and family history. It has solidified my fandom of this fascinating character and brilliantly written series. Discovering a new series that has a reader wanting more, more, more is the best part [...]


    9. I read an ARC and was riveted! I loved this book, the setting, and the characters really stayed with me afterward. I re-read the last few pages again because I was sorry for it to end.



    10. What a fun, enjoyable book! I grew up reading Agatha Christie mysteries and this novel took be right back there. First and most importantly, it is a great mystery. All the clues were there (I caught some!) as well as some really clever red herrings. There is plenty of action throughout with some twists and turns to keep the story moving. And by the end, I felt completely satisfied. But the real treat here is the lead character, Ellie Stone, a "modern-day" woman in the 1960s. This line from the b [...]


    11. The dark voice of noir set in New York, not the streets of Los Angeles, and the dark underbelly of the populace replaced with respectable, distinguished academics and small town citizens peaks curiosity. All three of Ziskin’s novels offer complex plots and characters which move the reader from page to page. But what keeps those enthralled with his work is not on the surface. What pulls someone after finishing Styx and Stone to reach for No Stone Unturned, and then Cold Stone Dead? James W. Zis [...]


    12. Ellie Stone heads to New York City after learning that someone has attacked her father, a professor at Columbia, in his home. She is determined to solve the case, which becomes more complex after another professor is found dead at his home. Set in the 1960's, it is an interesting and fun read of a modern-girl who is not afraid to set her own rules and uncover the many secrets that come out of the Italian Department in which her father worked. I enjoyed the characters, particularly the developmen [...]


    13. James Ziskin has created a wonderful character in Ellie Stone, a diminutive but brassy young woman. Ellie combines hard thinking and quick wisecracks to make her way though the sexism and social mores of 1960 New York City. The period details are terrific, and the theme hinted at by the title is borne out as Ellie investigates an assault on her estranged father, a Dante scholar at Columbia university. For once, the stakes are very high in academia. I'm looking forward to picking up the rest of t [...]


    14. A definite must- read for any fan of stellar suspense novels Loved everything about this first Ellie Stone series!


    15. Setting this aside at page 77. It's set in 1960, but feels 1940 to me. Old and stuffy. It's not grabbing me, and other books are calling my name.


    16. Initially lured by the book's attractive cover, with its well-composed photograph, mix of cool (as in temperature) colors and desire to sort out just what was going on in the scene depicted, what I most enjoyed about James Ziskin's Styx & Stone was the opportunity to ponder what New York City must have been like--socially, architecturally, physically--in the waning days of January 1960. The action of the novel centers on the fact that mid-twenties Ellie Stone is called home to NYC when her f [...]


    17. Synopsis/blurb.Ellie Stone is a professed modern girl in 1960s' New York City, playing by her own rules and breaking boundaries while searching for a killer among the renowned scholars in Columbia University's Italian Department."If you were a man, you'd make a good detective."Ellie is sure that Sgt. McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity-a girl wanting to do a man's job-has throttled her for too long. It's 1960, and Ellie doesn't want to blaze any trails for women; she just want [...]


    18. As soon as I finish one of James Ziskin's books, I want to start reading another one. I don't know what I'll do when I finally read all of the ones he's written so far. I started (out of order) with his second book, No Stone Unturned, and was sufficiently charmed by the main character, Ellie Stone, and curious about the references to what I could sense was the first novel, that I sought out the first book. I'm impressed by how well Ziskin does a female protagonist and the opening of this first n [...]


    19. Do you ever pick up a book to see what it's about and discover the most amazing and unexpected writing and storytelling? I really meant to read a few pages, then read a few more, and finally fell into the story as if the writer was pulling me along by a string until I finished and had one of those, "Wow that was really good, what else has he written" moments. And at that point, if you're like me, you end up cackling with glee and wanting to tell all your friends to read it.There's something abou [...]


    20. Styx and Stone by James W. Ziskin is a 2013 Seventh Street Books publication. This is the first book in the Ellie Stone series set in the 1960’s. Ellie is a newspaper reporter, and is considered a ‘modern girl’, meaning she is not married and has a career, who might enjoy a party or two. But, she quickly turns into an amateur detective when her father is attacked in his apartment, leaving him comatose. I had no idea what to expect when I started this series, but I knew one of the books in [...]


    21. I liked it somewhat it was a bit heavier than my usual mystery fare of late. I liked the idea of the protagonist being a woman fighting to get by in a man's job in 1960, and launching her own investigation after the attempted murder of her father. But while I don't judge her for her indulgence in booze and sex (no explicit scenes, just hints and before and after sequences), it turned out that I really just didn't like her too much. It's the first time in a long time that I didn't like the main c [...]


    22. It’s 1960, and Ellie Stone—a girl reporter with “modern” ideas—has been called from upstate New York back home to Manhattan. Her father, a renowned Dante scholar, is in a coma from a beating he received in his apartment, and the police are treating it as a routine burglary gone wrong. But when a second professor is found dead, Ellie suspects foul play within the Italian Department of Columbia UniversityYX & STONE is what I guess is now called a “traditional” mystery—mor [...]


    23. The book started well, as a modern woman in the 1960s, Ellie made an impression right from the start. However the problems started quite early, first there was the number of characters that appear and disappear. Next came the introspection, I suspect this was a way of introducing some of Ellie’s back-story and show some of her vulnerabilities, but it became a bit excessive.Finally the book’s biggest problem is that great chunks of the first half are just boring.The second half of the book di [...]


    24. I enjoyed being introduced to Ellie and the early 60s. She takes all the sexism in stride and keeps on moving. Much as the women of the day did I imagine. She's supposed to be all of 23 but her attitudes and thought processes seemed a lot older. Perhaps that's a reflection of the change over time from when society used to treat 16 year olds as adults (sometimes even married with kids by then) to today where we barely consider a 25 year old an adult.It's certainly a 'smart' mystery in that the re [...]


    25. #1 in the Ellie (Eleonora) Stone series. 23 year old Ellie is called from her upstate job as a small town reporter, when her Columbia professor father is attacked and hospitalized. The police seem willing to call it a burglary gone bad, but when a colleague dies the following night and her brother's tombstone was recently vandalized, Ellie refuses to chalk it up to coincidence.Ellie (Eleonora) Stone - Set in 1960 New York City, reporter Ellie Stone is shaken to learn that her estranged father, a [...]


    26. Set in 1960+ in New York City. A few things stretch the belief a bit too much (really? the NYPD detective willingly and repeatedly opens up evidence & reports for scrutiny by the 23-year-old daughter of a victim of what appears to be a break-in?) But otherwise, a great story and descriptions of the time and place. The protagonist (said 23-year-old) is a great character, and I will look for another story featuring her. Though I suspect this could get old fast, like the Stephanie character fro [...]


    27. And now our tour comes back to New York in the 1960s to a mystery debut and the start of a new series. Sexism is common in the 1960s and author James W. Ziskin uses this as his backdrop in Book One, “Styx & Stone.” His main character Ellie Stone wants to be a reporter in a time when this was an all-boy’s club. However, when her father’s life is threatened, she begins to exert herself to find out why. It becomes obvious when another of her father’s contemporaries is murdered and she [...]


    28. Styx & Stone by James W. Ziskin is a free First Reads advance reader copy of a book I began to read in early January. I was interested in this book, somewhat vapidly, because of its faded nephrite cover and whodunit premise.Much to my surprise, I was very well taken in by Ellie Stone's narrative voice, which struck me as being like that of a plain-spoken, lyrical Lauren Bacall. Her internal description is quite rich while her spoken dialogue (especially to men) is witty and insightful. Unfo [...]


    29. Got forty pages into the book and had to stop. The author bludgeon's you over the head repeatedly with what a male-minded female character this is. I'm not sure if he's never met a woman before of if he really is that confused on what a strong female character looks like. The protagonist is completely unrelatable and unlikable.


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