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by Ralph Ashworth

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ISBN:
0681476303
Author:
Ralph Ashworth
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
State Street Press (2009)
Pages:
360 pages
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1255 kb
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1954 kb
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1439 kb
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Rating:
4.6
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586


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11-year-old Xander Pooka and middle-aged computer genius Jeff Redwing are friends. When paper headlines announce the news of two men murdered with a mysterious samurai sword, they decided to spend a fun afternoon playing detective. But quickly the game becomes a life and death race for the truth.
  • Vetitc
This is an excellent murder mystery story. Reading it was an adventure in itself and I find it quite difficult to express how much I enjoyed it.

At the centre of this mystery is a story about two friends. Jeff Redwing, a middle -aged computer genius, and Xander Pooka, an incredibly intelligent and very precocious 11-year-old. Jeff acts as a big brother to Xander and the two of them seem to have a track record of getting into problems and getting out of them again. Most importantly they see themselves as detectives, not amateur detectives, but real crime busting detectives and this isn't a surprise because they have solved a complex mystery before Although the last time they did get into trouble. Eh hem!

Moving on.

So this highly intelligent duo have been warned by the police and the courts not to do any more detecting, they are supposed to leave the solving of mysteries to the local law enforcement and do they do this? No. And this is why we have this story.

Two men are slaughtered by a samurai with a sword in the car park of a local retail centre. One man is beheaded and the other is stabbed in the chest. Jeff and Xander having read the story in the local newspaper, decided that this murder mystery is worthy of their attention and interest. Of course this interest is purely academic and they intend to examine the story and piece things together from a distance.

Alas, famous last words!

As they look at all the different pieces of the puzzle they decide to question some of the bereaved and the people who knew the murdered men and as they do so they get caught up in an evolving cast of peculiar characters, work place politics, ambition and the drama of life in the suburbs. And of course eventually they do solve the mystery, but not without a lot of risk taking, adventures, intelligent deductions, sheer effrontery and a hint of intellectual arrogance and surprisingly enough they get to the bottom of things but with great risk to themselves and not without running across some very dangerous people and annoying the local law enforcement.

This is quite a long and detailed story but I have to say every page held my attention. Jeff as the highly intelligent gay computer nerd is an interesting character. He has such engaging dialogue with the suspects and within himself. He is a consummate actor and a master of fooling others, latching onto their assumptions and suspicions and making them work for him. Xander the child wonder and Jeff's Buddy is a highly precocious and intelligent 11-year-old who is able to reason beyond his years. Although he is a child he has the wit and wisdom of an adult and a very manipulative streak which makes him a formidable investigator.

Two instigator investigators, two very dead men and a cast of incredibly gripping suspects and a network of complexity, cobwebs, dead ends and missing heads that confounds everyone.

And then there are some fantastic secondary characters most of whom live in Jeff's neighbourhood - a lady who walks her cat, two ladies that spy on Jeff and take great delight in catching him in the nude in his own bedroom, and Xander's mother who is a hard working single parent and happy for the way Jeff supports and mentors her genius young son. She like many other ladies in the neighbourhood, is attracted to Jeff and wishes he wasn't gay. She would of course not be happy at all if she knew what Xander was really getting up to and the nature of their very dangerous activities.

The writing is excellent and the story is just woven together in a seamless way which makes it a pleasure to read. The story gripped me from page one. I really wanted to know who slaughtered the seemingly harmless teacher, a very popular man and father to 7 boys. Why was the other man beheaded? How do all the other characters and their back stories overlap and interlink? Finding this out was a very entertaining experience but at the same time quite nerve wracking.

I think this is one of the best murder mystery stories that I have read this year and I do wish the author had written a sequel because I absolutely want to read more about these two characters. I fully enjoyed this book and it is going down on my list of exquisite reads for 2017 and also one for my reading buddies.
  • Diab
"A little forensic investigation, conducted from the safety of the Cloisters, might excite things a bit. He and Xander could puzzle out the tricky little murder reported in the paper." Page 144

It definitely wasn't a little murder....it was something out of the ordinary.

A Samurai running through the parking lot swinging a sword and deliberately targeting two men then slicing them to pieces definitely would not be a typical occurrence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Who could the murderer have been...two men are dead and not a clue where the killer went. Why would these two specific men be chosen as victims? One person knew the whole story.

As the tale unravels and the mystery is solved, you get to enjoy the characters and share a part of their unusual and interesting lives. It is a mystery, but is also amusing.....it is more about the investigation and characters' lives than a description of the murder.

Jeff, a computer expert and Xander, an 11-year old, wanted to discover who was responsible for this brutal evening. They went back to the scene of the crime and even to the homes of the victims to look for clues. They also went to the funeral home of each victim, and definitely did some wild and dangerous detective work.

Vernon Roman's wake was quite a show beginning with the funeral home to the family....it will actually make you laugh at what happened. Roman's family was undeniably made up of an eclectic group.

The wake of Marshall Chester was completely opposite and filled to the brim with students and colleagues paying their respects to one of their distinguished and well-loved faculty members.

This book doesn't seem to be well known in reading circles, but it is a good read. The comedy and the mystery hold your interest. It gets a little tense at times, but isn't that how mysteries work? If you are a mystery lover, you will definitely enjoy the book. 5/5
  • Zainian
This book stayed on my mind for a good long time. I love that it takes place locally (for me), the crime solving methods and the suspense! I recommend if you like the Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Chabon.
  • Ese
This was a great mystery, with such wonderful characters. It held my interest so much that I read it straight through. I'm wondering where the next Jeff and Xander installment is!