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Murder in the Gunroom Paperback – December 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Old Earth Books; Reprint edition (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882968026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882968022
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,905,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Henry Beam Piper (March 23, 1904 – c. November 6, 1964) was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I honestly do not know why it received so many ratings!
Julie
I am not finished yet....just about 10 more pages to go, by I don't want the book to end.
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This is a great whodunit book with some extra little mysteries thrown in.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Styles on July 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Having read almost all of Piper's science fiction and enjoyed it, I was curious about his one mystery novel. I'd seen references to it for years, but never actually saw the book. I finally acquired it several years back, though it sat on my shelf until last week. I had put off reading it, because I was afraid it might disappoint, compared to favorites like "Lord Kalvan", or that it would seem terribly dated. I needn't have worried. The writing was crisp, the characters interesting, and the gun lore fascinating. In short, it has held up as well as many other books from the '50s that are still popular, such as Stout's Nero Wolfe. It's a shame Piper didn't live to publish the sequel or to explore the mystery genre further.
The Old Earth edition included interesting biographical and bibliographical info on Piper, and it was nicely printed on good quality paper.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By book's mom on February 10, 2011
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Thoroughly enjoyable read. A reader who is not interested in guns may get bored due to a plethora of facts about guns and gun collecting. Nevertheless, the mystery was strewn with enough red herrings to be fun and the glimpse into the mores of a bygone era was fascinating for this reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Johnson on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This novel is H. Beam Piper's only known mystery work, a fact that readers will regret after reading this compelling crime drama. (Piper is better know for science-fiction novels like Little Fuzzy, Space Viking, and Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.) In this novel private detective Jefferson Davis Rand is hired to catalog an extensive gun collection after the owner's apparent suicide. (Some chilling real-life foreshadowing here: Piper would eventually kill himself using a firearm from his own collection.) But Rand soon suspects foul play and quickly finds himself at the center of murder investigation.

Besides introducing Rand, a private detective cut from the same cloth as many of those from the most famous of 20th century mystery fiction, this novel also shows off Piper's extensive knowledge of firearms. A product of the era in which it was written this mystery will still be enjoyed by contemporary readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike MJ on August 5, 2012
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H. Beam Piper is probably far better known for his science fiction than for his mysteries. In fact, his science fiction may have held up better -- there are aspects of this mystery story that are distinctly dated. But the characterizations are excellent, and the technical material (everybody involved is far more knowledgeable about 19th Century American guns than we readers) is well handled. I got caught up in the story, and I cared about the characters.

My only complaint is that there's no sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Boggio on December 12, 2012
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Great book and gives us a lot of perspectives about writers of another age. Amazing how they could write an interesting book without using the F word every other word and it still be entertaining. Loving it. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2013
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This is a great whodunit book with some extra little mysteries thrown in. Don't worry about being a gun enthusiast to enjoy this book though learning a bit about old guns was an added bonus. Very enjoyable read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doreen on December 31, 2012
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Fun read.too much gun info to understand. Felt bad for Walters. Liked Gladys RItter and Rand. Would recommend to mystery fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Jaruk on January 19, 2012
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Murder in the Gunroom is an early work of H. Beam Piper's. It ties into his hobby of gun collecting, and the knowledge exhibited in the novel is so substantial it is obviously second nature to him. As murder mysteries go, it's ho-hum. Piper was still finding his voice when he wrote this, and it shows. I found his characters rather wooden, a common enough phenomenon of early works. It's a problem that clears up with experience.

I bought this novel because of the author. I've read most of his science fiction, and I was curious as to how he wrote in a different genre. He isn't Dashiel Hammet or Mickey Spillane, that is sure; but had he persisted in murder mysteries, I am sure he'd have become a solid, readable mystery writer.

Still, when all is said and done, I much prefer his science fiction to his take on the mystery novel. This may be of value to a completist, but it is not something I'd recommend to a friend who likes murder mysteries.
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