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Elephants in the Distance (Felony & Mayhem Mystyeries) (1989)

by Daniel Stashower

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A good mystery has to have enough details in it so that as everything unfolds you help solve the crime as does the sleuth. There are clues along the way, but then there are Sherlockian leaps, that the internal voice of our hero never dwells on.

Sherlock Holmes might get away with this. Conan Doyle was a very good writer that created this genre and made it his own. Stashower has a lot he adds that is good, but he has a sarcastic voice in his dialogue that even a Raymond Chandler detective might find hard to stomach.

That was the crux. I wanted to know more about the magic, but the hero was just unlikeable. I didn't care whether he was actually killed by the stunt he was recreating or not. He had a poor way of showing his affection to the women in his life, and then when questioned why he was linked to so many deaths, again with the attitude.

If I was the police I probably would have thrown him in jail for littering since he was being anything but helpful in their investigations. The end, as well, where we know what is going on, but the rest of the world seems a little oblivious too, makes you want to say that it really wasn't worth all the bother. A Magician based sleuth is something that would be rather special, but this was not one you want to follow. ( )
  DWWilkin | Nov 20, 2012 |
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