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Murder Every Monday (1954)

by Pamela Branch

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Murder 101. Another hilarious installment for Miss Branch. ( )
  Riyale | Mar 15, 2011 |
After a little misunderstanding involving an oncoming train, the members of the Asterisk Club, a club so incredibly exclusive that one must be invited to join and even then it's not a given, decide to combine their expertise and make a little money by running a summer course in the country.

And what are they experts in? Murder, of course. Everyone, from the Colonel to Mrs. Braden to the new recruit Dina, has been acquitted of murder. Some of them more than once. So they set up shop in a run down country manor and begin offering courses on how to remove the Intended. Courses include Anatomy, Forensic Medicine, Poison, Grips, Electricity, Court Etiquette and Alibis, Automobiles and Firearms.

Classes are going well until one of the students gets a little carried away and actually Removes someone on the premises. This makes for great practice on Disposal, of course, but it does seem a joke in rather bad taste. Clifford Flush, in charge of the course, does not want to accuse anyone, but naturally, such behavior must stop.

I was very pleased to find this book at the secondhand store, after just loving her first book, The Wooden Overcoat. This one has the same crazy black humor as the first, with an entertaining cast. What really makes Branch a good writer to me is what she chooses to leave to the reader's imagination. Now I'm dying to read the next one! ( )
  cmbohn | Jun 5, 2009 |
Pamela Branch regretfully wrote only four supremely funny crime novels before her untimely death in 1967.
This one concerns a group of murderers who for one reason or another have got away with their crimes,and who have banded together to form a school to train prospective killers just how to do the job well,and to avoid getting caught too.
Head of the school is Clifford Flush,assisted by Mrs Barratt,Colonel Quincey,Dina Parrish and last but by no means least The Creaker.
One of the funniest characters is Paget,the butler,whose smile is said to strike terror into nearly everone's heart.
There is also the present class,who are quite an interesting assortment of types too.A great read ( )
  devenish | Sep 3, 2007 |
If you enjoy black humour in a crime novel, then this is not to be missed! ( )
  face_at_the_window | Jan 19, 2007 |
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Assisted by puppets Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse, and Hush Puppy, Shari Lewis shows easy-to-do magic tricks, riddles, quickie puppets, novel games, silly stunts and instant crafts, using things found in the home. Not intended to be viewed in one sitting but in segments, stopping to try the various tricks, crafts, and stunts. For children.… (more)

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