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The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits: Murder Mysteries from the Age of Bright Young Things Paperback – August 16, 2004


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (August 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786714166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786714162
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Durkee on January 18, 2014
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This is a review of the entire Alexander Brass Series by Michael Kurland – there being only three components to his series. Two are novels are Too Soon Dead (March 1997), and The Girls in the High Heeled Shoes (June 15, 1998). One is a short story contained in the omnibus The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits: Murder Mysteries from the Age of Bright Young Things, edited by Mike Ashley (Aug 16, 2004).

I liked these works, a lot – because I liked the setting.

It’s the middle of the depression – 1935 in New York City. The typewriters are Underwood and manual. The elevators have humans as operators. Meals are 25 cents. Benny Goodman is playing late nights at the Copa. Men and women wear hats and overcoats. People walk. Radio is the source of electronic entertainment. Daily, newspapers have multiple issues.

And I liked the characters.

Some persons have jobs, and so money and lives managed by their choice. Many are the sort of characters in the contemporary Damon Runyon writings. Some are performers or producers of plays or shows; others attend those events. The dialogue is snappy and the syntax dated.

The characters read and follow columnist Alexander Brass’ daily columns in the New York World newspaper (an actual publication which closed 4 years before the events in these stories happened). Brass is Kurland’s homage to Walter Winchell – a contemporary syndicated columnist.

What I did not like is the absence of plot.

There is little or no mystery or suspense or adventure. In the “Too Soon...” book, the malefactor is introduced in the last quarter or eighth of the book. In the “High-Heeled...” book the malefactor has been in the plot from the first quarter but we did not know much about them.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Theodore M. Kumlander on April 15, 2011
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most of the stories in this book were not written in the 1920s and does not have an authentic feel.
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