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The Bedlam Detective: A Novel par Stephen…
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The Bedlam Detective: A Novel (original 2012; édition 2013)

par Stephen Gallagher (Auteur)

Séries: Sebastian Becker (2)

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"Sebastian Becker, a former policeman and Pinkerton agent who now works as the special investigator to the Masters of Lunacy, looking into cases involving any man of property whose sanity is under question. His latest assignment takes him to the small town of Arnmouth to determine whether Sir Owain Lancaster has gone around the bend."--Provided by publisher.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Bedlam Detective: A Novel
Auteurs:Stephen Gallagher (Auteur)
Info:Broadway Books (2013), 320 pages
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The Bedlam Detective par Stephen Gallagher (2012)

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I very much enjoyed this novel! The characters drew me in, the settings and atmosphere were compelling and effective, the pace and tension were well-handled. It's an entertaining and powerful exploration of the relationship between perception and reality. Just about everything in this book was masterfully done - and I now have a new author to get into. I can't wait to read the rest of his work!

But there's the ending...

The challenge with any mystery story is to make the ending a surprise - but it also needs to be implicit in the rest of the story. You obviously don't want to make it too easy for the reader to predict who the murderer is, but it's best when the reader can look and back and see little clues that could have let them figure it out. That's a fine line to tread.

I don't feel that this novel tread that line well. It's the one area where I think it fails. I didn't see the actual whodunit part coming, not because I didn't pick up on the clues - but because there were no clues. It just came out of nowhere. You could get rid of the murderer's reveal entirely and it wouldn't have any effect whatsoever on the rest of the story. It felt arbitrary.

Actually, it felt irrelevant. I got to the end and found out that the murder mystery wasn't really that important to story after all.

It's a testament to the strength of the rest of the story (the actual important parts) that the irrelevant whodunit didn't diminish my enjoyment of this novel. But it is the reason I can't give it 5 stars. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters, even one of the baddies I quite liked to begin with. I loved the idea of a lunacy commission. Would read more by this author. ( )
  scot2 | May 13, 2018 |
Can't remember who recommended this detective mystery but I remember it was highly recommended.
I was disappointed. I love the authors writing style and the story really could have been better but it seemed to just lose momentum at the end and fizzle out like a dead firecracker (at least to me). I felt
Iike the author didn't have any concept of how he wanted the story to end and just tossed a coin and took the easiest way out.
As a result of this, I probably will not read anything further by ths author. ( )
  KarenHerndon | Dec 16, 2017 |
Very engaging and quality read, even if outside my normal genre styles.

If you like Downton Abbey or Dickens, this would be an interesting book to pick up and enjoy.

Best feature (that kept me glued to the book): Very short chapters/scenes that force you to keep reading as "just one more chapter" isn't that much. This book kept me up way too late a few nights because of this. :) ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
a good detective/suspense book. as I read, I found myself thinking what a great movie this would be. A shape moves at the edge of the forest.. ( )
  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
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"The result is that rare beast, a literary page turner."
ajouté par bookfitz | modifierKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2012)
 
"Gallagher’s superior storytelling talents bode well for future adventures starring the well-rounded Becker."
ajouté par bookfitz | modifierPublishers Weekly (Dec 12, 2011)
 

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It is no good casting out devils. They belong to us,
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The Reality of Peace
1917
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"Sebastian Becker, a former policeman and Pinkerton agent who now works as the special investigator to the Masters of Lunacy, looking into cases involving any man of property whose sanity is under question. His latest assignment takes him to the small town of Arnmouth to determine whether Sir Owain Lancaster has gone around the bend."--Provided by publisher.

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