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Murder in Volume

Murder in Volume

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by D.R. Meredith

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The most dangerous happenings at the mystery discussion group, held at Time and Again Bookstore every Tuesday night, are the arguments between the members about the finer points of the mystery genre. History professor Ryan Stevens dozes happily during the loud disagreements. Being a closet reader of Westerns with no knowledge of mysteries beyond Poe and Sherlock


The most dangerous happenings at the mystery discussion group, held at Time and Again Bookstore every Tuesday night, are the arguments between the members about the finer points of the mystery genre. History professor Ryan Stevens dozes happily during the loud disagreements. Being a closet reader of Westerns with no knowledge of mysteries beyond Poe and Sherlock Holmes, Ryan is only a member of the group because he is the bosom companion and very best friend of Megan Clark, board certified forensic anthropologist with a specialty in paleopathology. In other words, Megan autopsies mummies and examines human remains and other archaeological artifacts. Or rather, she would if she could find a job. There being very limited job opportunities in her field, Megan works at the Amarillo Public Library, and pursues various hobbies and sports to alleviate boredom. When Megan and Ryan stumble over the body of Lisa Heredia, spiteful and unpopular member of the discussion group, propped against the side of the bookstore with her throat slit, boredom is the least of Megan's worries. She finds herself a person of interest in Lisa's murder. Circumstances conspire to tighten the metaphorical knot around Megan's neck, until she enlists the discussion group in a risky plan to catch a killer.

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Carolyn G. Hart
"A mystery lover's delight: clever, compelling, original, and chock full of detective lorn, Murder in Volume is as much fun as finding a mint Christie hidden in your great-aunt's tea cozy."
Joan Lowry Nixon
"How ideal to play sleuth in the company of two such appealing and intriguing characters as Megan Clark and Ryan Stevens--especially when their "Dr. Watsons" include an eccentric hodge-podge of mystery fans. A great beginning for an exciting new series."

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Tattered Plaid Publishing
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Megan Clark Mystery , #1
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Murder in Volume 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the humour and references to other mysteries, and the part where Megan feels like a character in a book herself, which of course she is...the author having some fun with the reader. Megan herself got a bit annoying at times, being so bossy and headstrong. The narration technique going back and forth between Ryan in the first person and then the third person describing everything was a bit odd but did not bother me as much as all the spelling and grammatical errors in my digital version- they were so frequent they kept yanking me out of the story! The errors substitued words that were real but incorrect in meaning...."patrol" for parole etc. Better proofreading please! But all in all it is an entertaining read and I am going to try another book by the same author in a different series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written, and the characters were interesting enough. It seemed a little weird alternating chapters between first person for Megan and narration by Ryan, but that wasn't bad. Also some of the logic seemd a little... well, reaching or obvious. I'm not sure why it was such a revelation that the strange happenings revolved around the bookstore. Or maybe it was just as the reader that this failed to be a surprise. I guess what disappointed me most was that I'd figured out who did it and why by chapter 5. I'm not bragging - that *never* happens for me. I'll think I know who did it in Agatha Christie or Elizabeth Peters, but my opinion changes throughout the story and I'm so often wrong. Not here. Having no twists and surprises really took away from the story. It was interesting enough that I picked up the second one, but if the mystery's not more mysterious, I'll be looking elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this mystery was entertaining, its sleuth, Megan Clark marred the tale. I have never read about a more self rightous, self centered, whiny protagonist. Argh! Megan needs to grow up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This little mystery is a great read! Refreshing in its simplicity, yet entertaining. Carolyn Hart look out, you've got competition. I can't wait for her next book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Murder in Volume. Being a female scientist who grew up in the Texas Panhandle, I felt a connection to the main character. I really enjoyed being able to relate to places and landmarks of Amarillo and the surrounding area. Although it is relatively easy to deduct the murderer, the motive is what I found to be both interesting and unique. I am looking forward to further issues of this series!
sbd1988 More than 1 year ago
If you like reading and mysteries, Murder in Volume by D.R. Meredith is for you! I know this was a book for me, and I love the fact that it's a series! I read the last book in the series before I realized there were predecessors. I'm excited to be reading the first of the series now. In this book, the heroine or female Sherlock Holmes is Dr. Megan Clark, PhD, a reference librarian at the Amarillo Public Library and paleopathologist. She along with her trusty and older sidekick-Watsonian neighbor, Dr. Ryan Stevens, decide to sign up for a "safe" activity after Ryan had broken his nose through various rock-climbing and water-skiing accidents; what could possibly go wrong in a book club? Right? Well, let's just say that Ryan never expected that he and Megan would stumble across another club member's dead body after a meeting one night! And to make things worse, Megan decides to take on the case in competition with Lieutenant Jerry Carr and his Special Crimes police force! How will this end? You'll have to read in order to find out! This is a mystery that I believe anyone would love. One of my favorite lines is spoken by Ryan after Megan asks if he believes her innocence in the case; he proclaims, "No! I'd sooner suspect Santa Claus of shooting Rudolph" (191). The humor that is thrown in with the tension, complicated relationships, and downright love of reading completes the book and makes it one of the best book series I've read in awhile. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery! And for those who make the erroneous assumption that the ending is predictable, it just means you've read to many mysteries and are in the need of a different genre for awhile. Putting clues together is what you're supposed to do while reading a mystery, and if you solve it before the last page, it just means you could probably write a good mystery too! When is YOUR publication date? (For those who don't understand what I'm talking about, just ignore the extra comments. It makes me mad when some people downgrade a book just because they read the last page first or guess the ending to easily.)