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Reader's Guide to Murder: A Sergeant John Bogdanovich Mystery

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A book by H. P. Jeffers

Calling all Agatha Christie fans: Somebody with an impish sense of humor and an encyclopedic knowledge of Christie's corpus is bent on creating ten murders more or less (mostly less) in the image of her stories and novels, and tweaking Chief of Detectives … see full wiki

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Author: H. P. Jeffers
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Immature mystery story

  • Sep 3, 2000
Rating:
-3
Calling "Reader's Guide to Murder" a classic mystery would be like calling an Edsel a classic car. Technically, you're correct, but classic can also imply that it's timeless and valuable, and that would not accurately this book.

"Reader's" is a classic mystery in that it resembles the immature side of the genre, where the characters are cardboard cutouts mounted on sticks, moved hither and yon in order to solve a series of murders that are puzzling, but, in this case, are not very engaging. The murders are recreations of those found in classic mysteries, complete with taunting notes sent to the department's chief of detectives, Harvey Goldstein. Since Goldstein is accompanies by a visiting British police officer, and both are mystery fans, the murders become springboards for discussions of the genre with Goldstein's assistant (and mystery-free) Sgt. John Bogdanovich.

It is possible to write a contemporary mystery with references to the genre; Peter Lovesey's fine "Bloodhounds" comes to mind. Considering the flood of books coming out every month -- 52 during February according to the Cluelass Internet site -- there seems little reason to pick this one out of the morass.

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