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Werewolf Murders, The Hardcover – May 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385420897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385420891
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,087,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Mysterious killings at the Olympique Scientific Internationale (an eminent astronomer, an investigating police officer, an annoying scientist turned amateur sleuth)--committed by what sounds, from the one surviving witness's account, like a werewolf--flush out formidably brainy Niccolo Benedetti and his Nick-and-Nora satellites Ron Gentry and Janet Higgins (The Hog Murders). Despite the hints of the supernatural, this is pure Agatha Christie, with negligible characters, a novel (but unconvincingly evoked) setting, ingenious clues, a most-unlikely-culprit, and a shameless theft of two of Christie's favorite clich‚s of misdirection that shouldn't fool you for a minute. For retro fans, a pleasant enough couple of hours. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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William L. DeAndrea (1952-1996) was born in Port Chester, New York. While working at the Murder Ink bookstore in New York City, he met mystery writer Jane Haddam, who became his wife. His first book, Killed in the Ratings (1978), won an Edgar Award in the best first mystery novel category. That debut launched a series centered on Matt Cobb, an executive problem-solver for a TV network who unravels murders alongside corporate foul play. DeAndrea's other series included the Nero Wolfe-inspired Niccolo Benedetti novels, the Clifford Driscoll espionage series, and the Lobo Blacke/Quinn Booker Old West mysteries. A devoted student of the mystery genre, he also wrote a popular column for the Armchair Detective newsletter. One of his last works, the Edgar Award-winning Encyclopedia Mysteriosa (1994), is a thorough reference guide to sleuthing in books, film, radio, and TV.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on September 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
DeAndrea has series with different protagonists. This book is one of his Professor Niccolo Benedetti series as was his Edgar-winning The Hog Murders. It's a good mystery, well-written, and (per the other 2 books of his I've read) has considerable humor in it. Though the one Matt Cobb series book I've read, KILLED IN FRINGE TIME: A Matt Cobb Mystery, was even funnier IMHO. Some examples "Werewolf Murders": p. 28: "His genes had left him down by giving him a pair of eyes so myopic he needed glasses to figure out which wall the eye chart was hung on" and p. 107: "He tried thinking of the next one as an escargot rather than, say, slug-on-the-half-shell, but that didn't work."

In this book, Bennedetti's assistant, PI Ron Gentry is accompanied by his wife--psychologist Janet Higgins--who provides considerable insights into the intriguing characters, such as: p. 34: "She doubted anybody would want to study the workings of other people's minds if they found their own uninteresting" and p. 35: "Criminals, no matter how small-time, no matter how frequently they went to jail, were invincible egotists...Mostly, people stole and beat and killed out of an overweening sense that they had the right to whatever they wanted, to the gratification of every whim."

This is a fun series, I plan to read more--and more Matt Cobb as well. I believe he has also written under the name Philip DeGrave & also writes historical and espionage novels.
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