- Hardcover: 265 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; Ex-library edition (Dec. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312169361
- ISBN-13: 978-0312169367
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,670,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Embarrassment of Corpses Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
The word-play alone makes this book witty and original, but the cast of characters is something else! Even if a character appears for a couple of pages, they are drawn vividly and given some interior life; I particularly likes Underwood Tooth a man who has been ignored his whole life so decides to become a private investigator, but no-one replies to his advert!
The only slight moan that towards the end of the book a few of the pages are bound in the wrong order (my friend has a copy and says the same thing.) Otherwise a great read with a few lesser known London facts thrown in.
Oliver's uncle, Detective Superintendent Timothy Mallard realizes that a serial killer is on the loose in London. Needing some help to get the investigation off the ground, Timothy turns to his nephew, who is wealth of trivial information, for some assistance. Oliver soon begins to piece together the links between the deceased, only to find that is a smoke screen to further hide the real culprit. They need to uncover the diabolical killer's identity soon before another victim is added to the rising toll.
AN EMBARRASSMENT OF CORPSES is one of the best serial killer mysteries of the nineties. The novel is a combination of a brilliant who-done-it (the killer is identified early, but most readers will miss the not so obvious clues) with humorous characters. Alan Beechey breathes fresh life into a sub-genre that has become very trite recently.
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