I saw these books a long time ago. I downloaded them after seeing this Review by Kate, and even after I had it on my laptop, I did not start reading it till I saw Rekha had gotten around to reading her copy and liking it. It spurred me into picking mine up and reading both in one sitting.
Also, I collected the books Kate recommended and started a whole new page:Books I was recommended just to keep better track, even better than the virtual shelves at Goodreads
I say that I read both of the parts in one sitting, but that makes it sound like the herculean task it was not. These are bite-sized stories with the famous detective writers that most people (if not all) are familiar with. Since I only recently started acclimatizing myself with the other names mentioned in this book, I had at least the smallest knowledge of them or their methods. That added to my relishing of the comic nature of the narrative.
In the first book, we have the detection club being issued a strange invitation to a remote island. Intrigued by the odd delivery method, they all set forth. Once on the island, they come face to face with an extremely wealthy man and out to make a mark for himself. In the first instalment, when we are given the commandments which they sometimes worked with, it was not surprising to see how times have changed. The unreliable narrator being the top contender for thrillers and mysteries now. The banter and constant commentary among the characters was light as well as intelligent making it a treat to read. The first tails off abruptly after a minimal discussion into the sudden disappearance of their host. However, I was lucky to have the second at hand.
In the second instalment, the investigation continues with each author playing to their strengths (or being caricatured for what they were famous for- it amounts to the same thing in this narrative). Each is given a chance to test their theory and see if it bears any fruit. Since these are authors, fallible human beings with a skill with words, it provides a chaotic and exciting picture. There are a lot of dialogues, some of which I think were real things they had said and some even to each other. The police do arrive, and they all eventually find the satisfying explanation as to what the actual occurrences of the night were. Overall it was a fun read and had me chuckling in between and even slowing myself down on purpose to enjoy it. I wanted more, though! That is probably the only reason I am not giving the book a full five stars.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based solely on my reading experience