The Eighth Detective

The Eighth Detective[Epub] ❤ The Eighth Detective Author Alex Pavesi – There are rules for murder mysteries There must be a victim A suspect A detective The rest is just shuffling the seuence Expanding the permutations Grant McAllister a professor of mathematics once sat There are rules for murder mysteries There must be a victim A suspect A detective The rest is just shuffling the seuence Expanding the permutations Grant McAllister a professor of mathematics once sat down and worked them all out – calculating the different orders and possibilities of a mystery into seven perfect The Eighth PDF/EPUB ² detective stories he uietly published But that was thirty years ago Now Grant lives in seclusion on a remote Mediterranean island counting the rest of his daysUntil Julia Hart a sharp ambitious editor knocks on his door Julia wishes to republish his book and together they must revisit those old stories an author hiding from his past and an editor keen to understand itBut there are things in the stories that don’t add up Inconsistencies left by Grant that a sharp eyed editor begins to suspect are than mistakes They may be clues and Julia finds herself with a mystery of her own to solve. This is FAN TAS TIC 7 different murder stories with Christie esue vibes smart mind games a grotesue claustrophobic extremely witty world building and high tension slow burn mystery with than one twists and shocking endingsA murder needs victim perpetrator and a detective Julie Hart is sharp minded extremely smart editor who can easily read the messages hidden behind the lines and her detail oriented mind helps her to extract the secret essence of the stories and discrepancies as well When she was volunteered to meet with the author of “White Murders Grant McAllsiter professor of mathematics has been living an isolated life in a remote village of Mediterranean she wanted to learn about the writing process of the book and the author’s background story which affect him to create them She was so excited to convince him to republish the book But she finds the author a little tight lipped and reluctant to give clues about the creation process of 7 detective stories and all those stories have inconsistencies which are easily caught by Julie Did Grant put them intentionally to test the readers’ focus or does he have a hidden agenda to connect with those stories with real life murder? Julia realizes she is the 8th detective to dig out another mystery and find out the secrets that Grant keptWhen I read those stories I felt like there were missing pieces about them but I happily got my answers Especially the last conversation of the characters and two endings startled me This is uniue phenomenal so smart complex challenging mind blowing debut author I could only clap and raise my glass to Alex Pavesi who is such a brilliant author and I cannot wait to read his upcoming works in near futureIf you like old school detective stories meet complextwisty whodunit plays this is amazing combination for your needs Please read it and send me thank you notes and cupcakes for showing your appreciation to my recommendation It only took my four hours to finish it and even though I cannot feel my legs and I’m starving it is worth for the pain I truly enjoyed itSpecial thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt and Co for sharing this incredible ARC with me in exchange my honest review Alex Pavesi writes a fascinating smart and imaginative novel that examines and analyses the murder mystery genre with author and Mathematics Professor Grant McAllister with its echoes of Agatha Christie Now an elderly recluse living on a Mediterranean island many years ago he wrote a collection of seven murder mysteries under the title The White Murders In a research paper in 1937 The Permutations of Detective Fiction he theorises that there are rules for murder mysteries calculating the possibilities and the different structures that he illustrates with the short mysteries in his collection A publisher discovers the mysteries and wants to republish them that leads to young ambitious editor Julia Hart turning up at McAllister's homeHart wants to go through each of the mysteries with McAllister being sharp and observant she notes the inconsistencies in each story leaving her curious with many uestions and wondering if something bigger lies within the stories She becomes the eighth detective persistent and determined as she discusses each mystery after reading it with McAllister who claims to have a poor memory and insists that there is no connection between the stories Hart however is having none of this and wants to know intrigued with McAllister himself who is he and what is his personal history? Why do the mysteries go under the title of The White Murders?Pavesi's approach in his brilliant novel is different and original offering the reader the opportunity to turn detective and hunt for the conundrums riddles and clues that are present and underlie the unexpected and surprising endings The clues are all there in the well plotted and structured storytelling the book within a book that engaged me so thoroughly This is a highly entertaining twisted and intriguing thriller that will appeal to many readers of crime fiction especially those who love their classic golden age of crime mysteries Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC What a clever and complex story this was I have some much respect for the author in creating this ambitious tale within a tale and will surely be looking out for their future work As a fan of old timey crime fiction the mysteries set inside the modern day narrative was a really nice touch although I did find myself almost wanting to rush through them to get to the present mystery at hand The ending did feel a bit lackluster after all the build up but that perhaps was due to the fact that so much time is spent pouring into the old stories and not a ton of time is spent developing the characters in current time If you enjoy books that present the reader with a plot that challenges the mind definitely give The Eighth Detective a try this August Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy Remember that I’ve rejected the view of detective stories as logical puzzles where the clues define a uniue solution and the process of deriving it is almost mathematical It’s not and they never do That’s all just sleight of hand The central purpose of a murder mystery is to give its readers a handful of suspects and the promise that in about a hundred pages one or of them will be revealed as the murderers That’s the beauty of the genre It presents the reader with a small finite number of options and then at the end it just circles back and commits to one of them It’s really a miracle that the human brain could ever be surprised by such a solution when you think about itThanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt Company for sending me an ARC of The Eighth Detective in exchange for an honest reviewThirty years ago Grant McCallister wrote a mathematical paper titled “The Permutations of Detective Fiction” which set out to prove the ingredients of every murder mystery As part of demonstrating the paper’s arguments he wrote seven murder mysteries later published in a collection called The White Murders Now Julia Hart meets with Grant on a remote island to review and edit the stories so that the collection can be republished But Julia keeps finding subtle deliberate errors in the stories What do those errors mean? Are they clues showing some connection between the collection—and Grant—and a long ago unsolved murder?It’s a good setup but not a uniue one Instead the first thing that sets The Eighth Detective apart is the structure of the novel The chapters alternate between the collection’s seven short stories and the conversations between Grant and Julia following each story The seven stories are clever old school murder mysteries and the book only work because each story stands up on its own merits as an entertaining mystery More importantly The Eighth Detective is uite unusual because it’s incredibly subversive about the murder mysterydetective genre Little is as it seems in this novel and the final third contains numerous earned twists and no less than two endings that nicely illustrate the book’s themeThe Eighth Detective is an original clever and subversive take on classic murder mysteries RecommendedCurious about those ingredients? They’re in the first comment This is a clever original mystery A mathematician wrote a book of murder mystery short stories in the 1930s The book was meant to outline the necessary rules for a mystery ”The number of suspects must be two or otherwise there is no mystery and the number of killers and victims must be at least one each otherwise there no murderThen the final reuirement is the most important The killer must be drawn from the set of suspects” Now years later a small publishing company is looking to re publish the book and a young editor is sent to work with the author to polish those stories Because each of the stories has inconsistencies But she soon realizes the inconsistencies are on purpose But what is that purpose? Because Grant the author isn’t saying The trick becomes to find the inconsistencies before Julia does While I appreciated the “game” if you will I can’t say the book was altogether enjoyable This book is all about how clever the author can be how convoluted he can make the tale I can only imagine the notes and plotting necessary to keep everything straight through until the end It’s meant to evoke Agatha Christie and other writers of her ilk One story was so similar as to be a knockoff At times the writing felt forced I much preferred Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders or Peter Swanson’s Eight Perfect Murders This book is all about the story not the characters If you want characters to bond with you won’t be happy with this book My thanks to netgalley and Henry Holt and Co for an advance copy of this book Former Maths Professor Grant McAllister writes a paper ‘The Permutations of Detective Fiction’ in which he demonstrates that crime fiction comprises of four ingredients Suspects The Victim The Detective The Killers He then writes seven short stories collectively known as The White Murders in which he demonstrates his theory which are published many years ago He now lives in seclusion on a Mediterranean island where he is visited by editor Julia Hart with a view to republishing the stories Julia however notes inconsistencies in the stories and finds herself increasingly immersed in a mystery of her own in which she becomes the eighth detective The original stories are read to Grant by Julia and they then discuss them This is a well written and original novel it’s clever and a really good puzzle throughout The format works well and the original stories have an Agatha Christie feel to them which I like and the post story discussions between Grant and Julia are fascinating as those are the sections I enjoy the most because they are revealing Grant is intriguing as he’s elusive and evasive and Julia is sharply clever and persistent I really like the concept of the novel and the solving of riddles are the stories clues to something deeper or are they a joke or a test? If so who is testing who? As the end nears and the truth reveals itself or does it? it all comes together well The ending is as enigmatic as Grant Overall a really intriguing read and something a bit different With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph for the ARC The Eighth Detective is not uite the thrilling wildly inventive nesting doll of a mystery it'd be promised to be I approached this novel hoping for something in the realms of Anthony Horowitz Sadly The Eighth Detective seems closer to The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in that both novels are hellbent on 'confusing' the reader with 'shocking' reveals Similarly to Horowitz's Magpie Murders The Eighth Detective introduces to the work of a fictitious writer of detective fiction In Alex Pavesi's novel the writer of a collection of short stories all whodunnits has relocated to an unmanned island He's approached by an editor interested in re publishing this collection She decides for theatrical reasons to read his own stories to him all of these stories build on a paper he wrote examining the mathematical structure of murder mysteries called 'The Permutations of Detective Fiction' very a la Ronald Knox The editor notices discrepancies in his stories continuity errors incongruous descriptions etcThe novel is ¾ made up by these short storiesand dare I say or write that they are at best mediocre? After reading the opening story one in which a character called Henry may have murdered a character called Bunnywas this a nod to the The Secret History I hoped that the following ones could offer a bit variety in terms of structure style and atmospheresadly they are very same y Most of them seem like Agatha Christie rip offs the most ostentatious of which is acknowledged by the fictions author as a 'homage' to his favourite crime novel Each short story is followed by sections titled 'Conversations' in which the editor grills the author about his stories The author seems to have little recollection of the intentional discrepancies he peppered into his stories but the editor is unyielding and tries to learn about his private life which made certain later reveals less 'shocking' Each time she finishes reading a short story the final line appears twice once at end of the short story and once at the beginning of the following 'Conversation' This did not help in making the novel feel less repetitiveThe writing style doesn't seem to vary so that the short stories and the 'Conversations' seem to have been written by the same person which they have but it kind of ruins the illusion of the stories having been written by a character The characters were mere names on a page their personalities inexistent or irrelevant The Eighth Detective will offer little to readers who are fans of detective fiction andor whodunnits The short stories were populated by boorish caricatures relied on predictable twists and failed to amuse or surpriseRead reviews on my blog   View all my reviews on Goodreads This is a short story collection inside a novel “The Eighth Detective” is about a book editor who wants to publish an obscure novel of short story mysteries The obscure novel was written by a mathematician who intends to prove that all mysteries follow a mathematical formula This mathematician McAllister had written a research paper entitled “The Permutations of Detective Fiction” stating that specific criteria must be adhered to for a murder mystery For example there is the whole set of characters; the subsets are victims suspects must be at least 2 a killers and detectives The permutations of the different elements are multipleand yes a victim can solve their own murder and be a detectiveSo the novel opens with one of the short stories After the story McAllister and the editor discuss the story and the elements within the story There are seven stories and seven discussionsconversations about the stories At the end after there is hashing out all the short stories come a bit together The editor also continues to uery as to why the collection is entitled “The White Murders” The thread throughout all the short stories is discussed and it adds to mysteryI had high hopes for this novel It appealed to my logical sense and I love with things can be broken down into math The final conversations and two endings has a couple of plot twists but no big enough for me I enjoyed it but I wasn’t wowed by it This novel harks back to the very early days of detective fiction when crimes were usually solved by observation and deduction rather than forensicsThe story Grant McAllister a retired mathematician from Scotland now resides on a beautiful Mediterranean island In 1937 when McAllister was a graduate student he wrote a research paper called 'The Permutations of Detective Fiction' in which he posited that every detective story has characters in four categories victims suspects detectives and killers The categories can overlap however so a detective can be the killer etc McAllister illustrates this with a Venn diagram To illustrate his ideas McAllister wrote seven detective stories and published them in a book called 'The White Murders'Twenty five years later a publisher called 'Blood Type Books' wants to re issue McAllister's stories with an introduction explaining the mathematical basis of the tales To this end the publisher sends editor Julia Hart to interview McAllister At each session with the author Julia reads one story aloud and then she and McAllister discuss it in detail The seven detective stories respectively have the following victims ◆ a man murdered in his bedroom◆ a woman who dies when she goes off a cliff◆ a young woman who's drowned in a tub◆ a man killed at a private party in a restaurant◆ ten people killed on a tiny island◆ an old woman smothered in her bed◆ a victim who comes back as a ghostAs Julia and McAllister discuss each of these tales it's clear the editor has an agenda She thinks McAllister killed a woman called Elizabeth White decades ago a crime the press dubbed the 'White Murder' Further Julia thinks McAllister left clues about this in his storieswhich she tries to winkle out Thus it's a bit of a cat and mouse game between Julia and McAllister with each one keeping secrets The Eighth Detective is an entertaining read with some clever surprises However I felt like I was REALLY reading stories published in the early 1900sstories that had very unrealistic premises For instance than one character in the book finds a dead body or bodies and never bothers to call the police Instead they proceed to investigate the crime themselves Moreover there's an instance of police brutality that's over the top for meThat said fans of old timey detective stories would enjoy this book Thanks to Netgalley the author Alex Pavesi and the publisher Henry Holt and Company for a copy of the bookYou can follow my reviews at An argument had been building between them all afternoon ever since Bunny had brought their lunch to a sudden end Why did he invite Henry and Megan to his house in Spain in 1930? a pointing finger of blood reaching from below Bunny's doorBunny facedown on the sheets a knife handle emerging from his back Upon further inspection all windows and doors were locked If there are only two suspects then both of them know who is killer is This story was written twenty five years ago by Grant McAllister a retired mathematician a recluse living on a secluded Mediterranean islandIn 1937 Grant wrote a research paper entitled The Permutations of Detective Fiction His goal to explore the criteria needed for a tome to be classified as a murder mystery and list all the possible structural variations He had published a slim volume of seven murder mysteries in a collection called The White Murders Having discovered this book in a second hand bookshop a small publisher was interested in reissuing The White Murders for sale to a wider audience Julia Hart editor was dispatched to the island to meet the elusive Grant McAllister Julia is suspicious from the get go however she gives him the benefit of the doubt Each murder mystery has inconsistencies Are these inconsistencies intentional? Why doesn't Grant provide any clarity? Julia and Grant continue to have lively discussions about the permutations of detective fictionThe footpath on the southern coast of Evescombe was isolated It was a perfect place to murder someoneall it takes is a gentle pushdecades of erosionpossible 'Death by Distraction'? According to Grant's mathematical concepts two suspects could be guiltya suspect or the victim as suspectThe Eighth Detective by debut author Alex Pavesi is a fascinating puzzle a uniue perspective on the murder mystery The killer or killers must be drawn from the group of suspects mathematically speaking the killers must be a subset of the suspects Why is Grant McAllister's book titled The White Murders? Readers are in for an innovative very creative read Kudos to Alex PavesiThank you Henry Holt Company and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

The Eighth Detective eBook ç The Eighth  PDF/EPUB ²
  • Hardcover
  • 289 pages
  • The Eighth Detective
  • Alex Pavesi
  • 07 April 2014
  • 9781250755933