Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Who Killed the Robins Family?

Eight chapters + eight family members + eight murders + zero solutions = great fun! Throw in a few references to classic mystery stories and you've got a hit. This book was my (Tami's) selection for the Random Bestseller portion of the Take-a-Chance Challenge. A bestseller in 1983 - this book was originally published without a solution and a $10,000 prize was offered for the reader who submitted the most nearly correct response to who, what, when, where, why and how for each of the 8 murders. The paperback version, published in 1984, contained the answers. Dave and I read this together and had some great discussions trying to decipher the who-dun-its. M*A*S*H fans who remember "The Rooster Crowed at Midnight" will have a comical, but accurate, vision of our analysis - "It couldn't have been the butler. At the time of the murder he was locked in the closet with Mrs. White." I can't say we would have won the $10,000, but we were surprisingly close on a lot of the details. An entertaining read for fans of Agatha Christie (like Tami) or conspiracy theories (like Dave). This book may be the basis for a future contest/reading program at the library - stay tuned.

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