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Reviewed by Searcher for MurderMysteryMayhem.Blogspot.Com

Berry's first novel The Manual of Detection is a genre bending mystery involving a missing detective, stolen alarm clocks, somnambulists, and a very reluctant hero, file clerk Charles Unwin. Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury and George Orwell with hints of Neil Gaiman, Tom Ro...
Berry's first novel The Manual of Detection is a genre bending mystery involving a missing detective, stolen alarm clocks, somnambulists, and a very reluctant hero, file clerk Charles Unwin. Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury and George Orwell with hints of Neil Gaiman, Tom Robbins, and Michael Chabon this surreal noir mystery is hard to put down as the reader has no idea how a handbook on detection can possibly help Unwin solve a string of crimes committed through people's dreams.

With a large group of peculiar suspects Unwin must unravel how the theft of November 12th, the missing body of the The Oldest Murdered Man, and the Three Deaths of Colonel Baker relate to the disappearance of Detective Travis Sivart.

Not for readers who like their mysteries straight forward but perfect for those who revel in the offbeat. A compelling read and an author to keep an eye on. Appropriate for young adult readers as well.

posted by mystery_librarian on June 6, 2009

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I'm not sure what I think

I'm not sure what I think about The Manual of Detection. It really is a very descriptive book - I have no problems picturing the world that Jedediah Berry is building. But, I just don't get the mystery. It's very subtle; in fact, I didn't really understand exactly what ...
I'm not sure what I think about The Manual of Detection. It really is a very descriptive book - I have no problems picturing the world that Jedediah Berry is building. But, I just don't get the mystery. It's very subtle; in fact, I didn't really understand exactly what the mystery was until very late in the novel. Perhaps the point of the novel was to just to describe Berry's world. If this is the case, the book succeeded admirably.

posted by Dulcibelle on May 8, 2009

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Lost interest

    I was initially intrigued by this book and convinced by the printed reviews at the front of the book to pick it up and start reading. I found the style of writing very well done, but I completely lost interest in the book halfway through it. I didn't have the patience to follow all the dreamlike happenings. Sorry.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

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    I'm not sure what I think

    I'm not sure what I think about The Manual of Detection. It really is a very descriptive book - I have no problems picturing the world that Jedediah Berry is building. But, I just don't get the mystery. It's very subtle; in fact, I didn't really understand exactly what the mystery was until very late in the novel. Perhaps the point of the novel was to just to describe Berry's world. If this is the case, the book succeeded admirably.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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