This work is a classic country house murder written by one of the masters of the hard boiled genre


10 thoughts on “The Search for My Great Uncle's Head

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Jonathan Latimer s Bill Crane stories are hard boiled tales with a large dose of humor, but The Search for my Great Uncle s Head is something different The title is the tip off this detective story is gruesome, outrageous, and tongue in cheek The voice of the narrator protagonist a shy, slightly dorky college teacher has charm, and the plot is intricate and absurd If you like affectionate parodies of the old country house Clue type of murder mystery, this book will appeal to you.


  2. Bill Lawrence Bill Lawrence says:

    A bit of a curiosity I think I ordered this because I was interested in the writer of the screenplay of The Glass Key, but I can t remember why His books don t seem to be in print in the UK, available on Kindle but I m not so good at reading off a screen, too much like work and not as much pleasure So, checking out second hand paperback copies This is my first and not what I expected I knew that Latimer s reputation was based on hard boiled American crime fiction in the 1930s while doing th A bit of a curiosity I think I ordered this because I was interested in the writer of the screenplay of The Glass Key, but I can t remember why His books don t seem to be in print in the UK, available on Kindle but I m not so good at reading off a screen, too much like work and not as much pleasure So, checking out second hand paperback copies This is my first and not what I expected I knew that Latimer s reputation was based on hard boiled American crime fiction in the 1930s while doing the odd screenplay for Hollywood This was not that This is a classic English country house mystery, albeit set in Michigan, not my cup of tea at all I suppose the clue is that it was written under the pen name Peter Coffin, the lead character but reprinted in the 1980s under Jonathan Latimer Well, he writes with great ease and it is very entertaining and enjoyable It is full of nonsense not least, where is all the blood but nonetheless carries you forward quickly and there is an underlying humour that is is clearly poking fun at the genre I suspect if I had come from one of his hard boiled works to this, I would have been disappointed, but this was definitely fun


  3. Kris Kris says:

    The book is a bit slow paced, particularly for modern audiences raised on action films and television But the characters are engaging and reasonably well drawn Overall the book comes offas a parody of the country house mystery so common to Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers I think fans of those two ladies would enjoy the book farthan fans of Ed McBain or Jeffrey Deaver My only serious complaint is the unreality of decaptitating not one but two bodies The author had obviousl The book is a bit slow paced, particularly for modern audiences raised on action films and television But the characters are engaging and reasonably well drawn Overall the book comes offas a parody of the country house mystery so common to Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers I think fans of those two ladies would enjoy the book farthan fans of Ed McBain or Jeffrey Deaver My only serious complaint is the unreality of decaptitating not one but two bodies The author had obviously never heard of Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex when he had his executioner use a kitchen meat cleaver to smoothly, easily lop off heads like carrots with one stroke and no blood spray or other impediment


  4. Cullen Gallagher Cullen Gallagher says:

    Latimer, who isthan capable of brilliance Soloman s Vineyard, Lady in the Morgue , here drops his usual amoral, hardboiled attitude and tries his hand at a British inspired drawing room mystery comedy The result trite, expected, and decidedly not mysterious or comedic Latimer originally published the novel under the name Peter Coffin, who is a character in the book.


  5. Laura Laura says:

    Adorably quaint to start, a very good mindless read which is what I sought at the time Then it never ended EVER Something so trite should not be so close to 300 pages Sadly, you will most likely need to be missing your own head to comfortably accompany Peter Coffin on the search for his uncle s.


  6. Cat. Cat. says:

    The title s the best part.