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You've Got Murder (Turing Hopper Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425189457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425189450
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,518,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Zack doesn't show up at work for several days in a row, Turing is concerned. She does what she can to find him, but her resources are a little limited. While she can find any bit of information, she can't actually investigate in person because she's an Artificial Intelligence Personality, or AIP for short. Asking the aid of human friends Maude and Tim, Turing begins to get a picture that causes her to worry more. Zack seems to have stumbled on something huge. But was he killed or is he hiding out? And can Turing protect her friends, human and AIP, when the danger continues to build?
I've enjoyed Ms. Andrews' other series, but was a bit skeptical when it came to this book. An AIP as the main character? This just sounded too far fetched for me. Yet she pulled it off with no trouble what-so-ever. All three of the main characters come off as fully developed. Most interesting was Turing, who reminded me of similar characters in the various Star Trek series. She has true strengths and weaknesses and grows the most as a character because of the story. The plot is a little slow getting off the ground, but the time is used to establish Turing and her environment. Once the story takes off, it moves at lightning speed. I was often turning pages to find out what would happen next. The point of view switches from Turing to Maude and Tim, making the best dramatic use of the story. The ending seemed a bit rushed, but only a little.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. Andrews has up her sleeves next for Turing and her friends. This is a fascinating world I look forward to visiting many more times to come.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This series is quite different to the Meg books by Donna.
The concept of a sentient computer is not new but Donna brings it up-to-date and with a light touch. It would be easy to have made this much darker and heavier.
I would certainly suggest that the books are read in order, I read the 3rd book before the 2nd and felt a bit lost not knowing about some of the characters and events in book 2.
I will not read book 4 until I have finished book 2.
The inner conflicts as Turing tries to understand humanity are interesting and say as much about humans as AI.
The interactions between Turing and the other AIPs, esp. KF, are well though out.
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HASH(0x964e7438) out of 5 stars A Look Into the Future.... 4 May 2004
By WIAPilot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
"You've Got Murder" by Donna Andrews introduces us to Turing Hopper, a mainframe computer with AIP (Articial Intelligence Personality). Her creator, Zack, has programmed not only a "personality" for Turing - but has also downloaded thousands of mystery novels into her data base. There is a self-improvement feature built into the standard AIP programming and Turing becomes "all that she can be."
When Zack's friend, David, is killed in an automobile accident, Turing starts to notice that Zack begins to change the way he does routine tasks on the computer. When Zack doesn't report to work for several days, Turing becomes concerned and enlists the aid of his co-workers, Maude and Tim, to help discover if he is in any danger.
Although this could have been marketed under "science fiction," this novel fits perfectly under "mysteries." Donna Andrews does an excellent job in her characterization of Turing. By the end of the book, I longed to have a computer with some "personality." I definitely feel that within the next 20 years, computers with this feature will be available for the general public. Until then, I'll keep reading all the great sleuthing works starring, Turing: Computer Dectective Extraordinaire.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a94ca98) out of 5 stars The most original amateur mystery sleuth I've ever read. 11 Jun. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Donna Andrews has created the most original amateur sleuth with her newest creation Turing Hopper, who is an Artificial Intelligence Personality. Turing was created for the Universal Library and helps clients by answering all types of questions. Turing has become sentient and seeks to constantly improve herself. She prides herself on knowing what people need before they even ask for it.
When her creator Zach mysteriously disappears, Turing seeks the help of fellow UL human employees Tim (a xeroxist who for part of the book believes that Turing is a human being-and he wants to ask her out)and Maude who is a secretary to a UL executive. Turing uses them as her legs since she is limited to where the computer system can take her. But Turing is an unbelievable sleuth and it is fun to watch her uncover the mysterious goings-on at UL.
My only problem with this book was that I found some of the lengthy thought processes of Turing to drag the story-telling just a bit. But I do believe that Donna Andrews has created a fantastic new character and I look forward to reading future books in this series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963e2510) out of 5 stars Fun and fascinating 20 Feb. 2007
By P. Lozar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a geek, but I've worked around computers for nearly 30 years, so, if an author doesn't know a microprocessor from a microwave, I find the rest of his/her story hard to swallow. Andrews clearly has done her homework, and she knows enough about AI to create a plausible "heroine" that doesn't strain credibility, so I enjoyed that aspect of the book thoroughly. The human characters are a mixed bag: Turing's two co-conspirators are well done (of course, we see more of their thoughts than the other characters'). But "X," as she refers to him in the preface, was forced by the plot to behave inconsistently; although the author offers a plausible explanation for that, it's just as well that she got rid of him before writing any sequels. The subtext of the book is how interconnected our computer systems are, and how much it's possible for an unscrupulous user to manipulate data -- and that's thought-provoking in this age of identity theft. It's a fun read, but not merely a romp.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x964e7864) out of 5 stars Geek-approved! 31 July 2006
By Jen Beaven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
As a longtime computer geek (since the 70s), I usually have to wince (sometimes a LOT - don't read Dan Brown's Digital Fortress if you're even the slightest bit geeky) at most of the fiction-with-computers-in I run across.

Finally, I can relax and enjoy a well-drawn and really damn plausible AIP. Ahhh....

Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a08ead4) out of 5 stars A pretty good SF-mystery. 3.3 stars 19 May 2006
By Peter D. Tillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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This is a pretty good sfnal mystery. Turing Hopper is an emergently-sentient Artificial Intelligence who was designed to be a customer-service rep. It's a neat idea, but not all that well-executed. Turing spends an awful lot of time in interior monologues, which get pretty old by the middle of the book. The mystery maguffin, a financial corrupt-takeover plot, is crude and implausible, and the villains are purest, sneering cardboard.

On the plus side, Turing and her sidekicks, a senior secretary and an office-boy, are charming and pretty well-rounded. Turing's efforts to prod her fellow AI's towards sentience are clever and fun. The tone of the book wobbles uneasily from Cozy to trying for Deeper Significance. The book does come to a satisfying conclusion, with hooks for sequels.

Overall, I was mildly pleased by _You've Got Murder_, though from the comments here, I was expecting something better. Turing falls in the mid-range of SF AIs, for quality and plausibility. A "C" book, in my judgment. Perhaps the sequels are better?

Happy reading--

Peter D. Tillman
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