Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mystery & Crime: NYPL Book of Answers (mini-review)

This is a decent little mystery reference book with some interesting information. However, I am a little perplexed by a supposed mystery expert who gets several fairly common (to mystery readers) facts wrong. Hercule Poirot and Nero Wolfe are private investigators--they get paid for most of their investigations--therefore, they are not amateurs. Sherlock Holmes made his startling return from the dead in "The Empty House" not The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Pam & Jerry North (of the Lockridge mystery series) had several cats over the long series of books--in addition to Martini (which according to Mr. Pearsall is the only cat), there are Gin, Sherry, Ruffy, Pete, Toughy, Stilts and Shadow.  Lord Peter Wimsey was a Major in World War I, not a Captain.  I could go on.  It makes it a bit difficult to take the author's word for it on the information that is new to me, when he is mistaken on several counts throughout the book. There is plenty of correct information, though, so I'll take it in stride.

It is an interesting read and there is a good smattering of quotes from some of the big name books. (I love quotes!).  Two and 3/4 stars--rounded to three on Goodreads.


Arenel said...

With your vast knowledge of the genre, you really should consider writing this king of book! :)

Puzzle Doctor said...

The Sherlock mistake is due to Doyle writing Baskervilles between The Final Problem and The Empty House. Sloppy research - even an under read Sherlockian like me wouldn't make that mistake.