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Home sweet homicide / Craig Rice ; introduction by Otto Penzler.

Rice, Craig, 1908-1957 author. (Author).
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Roseau Public Library RIC (Text) 35500006110900 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781613161128
  • ISBN: 1613161123
  • ISBN: 9781613161036 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 1613161034 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: iv, 295 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penzler Publishers, 2018.

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General Note: "The Dorothy Parker of detective fiction"--Cover.
Summary, etc.: Unoccupied and unsupervised while mother is working, the children of widowed crime writer Marion Carstairs find diversion wherever they can. So when the kids hear gunshots at the house next door, they jump at the chance to launch their own amateur investigation--and after all, why shouldn't they? They know everything the cops do about crime scenes, having read about them in mother's novels. They know what her literary detectives would do in such a situation, how they would interpret the clues and handle witnesses. Plus, if the children solve the puzzle before the cops, it will do wonders for the sales of mother's novels. But this crime scene isn't a game at all; the murder is real, and when its details prove more twisted than anything in mother's fiction, they'll have to enlist Marion's help to sort them out. Or is that just part of their plan to hook her up with the lead detective on the case? The basis for the 1946 film with the same name, Home Sweet Homicide is the novel that launched Craig Rice to literary fame. The book, a comedic crime story that pokes fun at the conventions of the genre, finds "the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction" at her most entertaining.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
    A cover that claims an author to be "the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction" has a lot to live up to. Even so, this reissue of a 1944 "screwball mystery" doesn't disappoint. The three Carstairs children (as they are frequently called) use their neighbor's murder as an opportunity to set their mystery-writer mother up with the single cop investigating the case. The siblings—10, 12, and 14 years old—are precocious yet responsible. They make their own meals when their mother is on deadline but aren't above feigning helplessness if it gets a suspect to underestimate them. In his introduction to the American Mystery Classics series, editor Otto Penzler points out that, in 1946, Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig (aka Craig Rice) was "the first author of detective fiction ever to appear on the cover of Time magazine." Expect the wide appeal of historical heroines, like Alan Bradley's irrepressible Flavia de Luce, to lead fans of high-spirited midcentury sleuths to this trio of similarly youthful detectives starring in a genuine midcentury classic. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Homicide > Fiction.
Authors > Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Authors.
Homicide.
Humorous stories.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery stories.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Novels.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Fiction.
Novels.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Mystery fiction.
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