No Rest for the Dead

I'd prefer to give No Rest for the Dead 2.5 out of 5 stars, but instead of rounding down I'll round up due to the fact that the book was written by an army of writters, and the proceeds go towards a good cause. The fact that it was written by 26 writters is the most interesting thing about this book, to me.

To be honest, I don't often read mysteries--although the book I read previous to this one was also a mystery--but it is a genre that, when I do partake, I tend to enjoy. I didn't recognize mos

I'd prefer to give No Rest for the Dead 2.5 out of 5 stars, but instead of rounding down I'll round up due to the fact that the book was written by an army of writters, and the proceeds go towards a good cause. The fact that it was written by 26 writters is the most interesting thing about this book, to me.To be honest, I don't often read mysteries--although the book I read previous to this one was also a mystery--but it is a genre that, when I do partake, I tend to enjoy. I didn't recognize most of the names involved in this project, and so had no expectations regarding them, and there was only one authour--Raymond Khouri--whose books I had previously read. As a non-expert in mystery books, I can't really compare it to other books in the genre, or it's overall placing in the genre, but as a reader of books, I'd have to say my hope for a good result from an

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interesting experiment wasn't met.The story itself felt quite banal and not particularly creative. Although there is a claim in the introduction to the book that this mystery is a hard one to figure out, I'd have to say that the mystery behind the murder was actually fairly easy to surmise, although, perhaps, all the details behind the mystery are difficult to fathom.One of the most frustrating things about this book that I found, was that there were some characters who were featured throughout the book, but who were all but forgotten by the end, and I felt there was no closure with regards to them and things they were doing. In mysteries, I suppose you need to add misdirection and "red herrings", but I'm not entirely sure that that was what was going on with these characters, and rather that with the vast undertaking of multiple writers, that their story lines were left unintentionally to lag.

So, as an occasional reader of mysteries, I'm not sure for whom I would recommend this book. As said, the most interesting aspect is the multi-writer contributions. I would think that the mystery itself would be considered mediocre by hard-core mystery readers (just my guess), and for casual mystery readers such as myself, the story isn't that great that I could recommend it to this group either. In that regard, if you're interested in the project itself--mutliple writers--I'd say go for it! If you are just looking for a cracking read, and dont' really care about the mechanics, then I'd say you can probably safely skip this book.

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