Comics & Graphic Novel, Mystery

The Detection Club 1 & 2 by Jean Harambat

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


7 thoughts on “The Detection Club 1 & 2 by Jean Harambat”

  1. Thanks for the link up.😁 The guy says capital capital after every sentence and one of the guests says, if he says capital one more time, I am going to kill myself (or, was it kill him?)😂😂
    Capital! Capital! Hahaha! 😉

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  2. P. S. Never realised you were going to take such a dedicated approach to my reading suggestions lol If you want a few titles to add to authors who don’t have books here are is addendum to my recommendations:
    Celia Fremlin – The Hour Before Dawn, The Long Shadow
    Christopher St John Sprigg – I’ve not read it yet but common opinion seems to suggest that The Perfect Alibi is his best title, though I think all of his books are meant to be good.
    Conyth Little (also known as Constance and Gwenyth Little) are a bit tricker to get a hold, so it is more a case of what you can get a hold of! However, my three favourites are The Black Shroud, The Black Coat and The Black Iris.
    Delano Ames – His Jane and Dagobert series is his best work. It has ten books in it. The first four are the easiest to get a hold of (She Shall Have Murder, Murder Begins at Home, Corpse Diplomatique and Death of a Fellow Traveller). There are some very good later ones but they are ridiculously rare, so it would make sense to give his earlier titles a try, (as you wouldn’t need to resort to bank robbing to buy them lol)
    Edmund Crispin – His first four are considered his best works (The Case of the Gilded Fly, Holy Disorders, The Moving Toyshop, Swan Song). Though The Moving Toyshop is more of a thriller than a detective novel. Trying any one of these four will probably give you an idea of whether Crispin is an author for you.
    Ethel Lina White – Mostly suspense, but some of her texts have far more of a puzzle than some realise. My top four suggestions are: The First Time He Died, Some Must Watch, Fear Stalks the Village and The Wheel Spins a.k.a. The Lady Vanishes.)
    Pamela Branch – The Wooden Overcoat is probably her best book and again another good text to decide if this writer is for you.

    haha so I think we’ve sorted out your reading for the next year or two lol

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