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The Dead Mountaineer's Inn
The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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A hilarious spoof on the classic country-house murder mystery, from the Russian masters of sci-finever before translated When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at the remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. Hes there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadnt counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses. And as the chalet fills up, strange things start happeningthings that seem to indicate the presence of another, unseen guest. Is there a ghost on the premises? A prankster? Something more sinister? And then an avalanche blocks the mountain pass, and theyre stuck. Which is just about when they find the corpse. Meaning that Glebksys vacation is over and hes embarked on the most unusual investigation hes ever been involved with. In fact, the further he looks into it, the more Glebsky realizes that the victim may not even be human. In this late novel from the legendary Russian sci-fi duohere in its first-ever English translationthe Strugatskys gleefully upend the plot of many a Hercule Poirot mysteryand the result is much funnier, and much stranger, than anything Agatha Christie ever wrote.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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SpaceCowboyBooks
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Off for another adventure with the Strugatsky Brothers.

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AshHisson
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Panpan

I really didn‘t connect with this book. I enjoyed some of the amusing descriptions and passages, but overall felt the story dragged and the ending was somewhat slapdash. Several of the characters didn‘t feel fully realized so that I‘d get confused over who did what, and there were some particularly problematic character actions for me. This edition is beautifully designed though. 1/5 #novemberreads #specfic

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LouLouLane
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So cozy.

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Aaronlisa
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There is this bookstore in Victoria, BC where I tend to find a lot of different books. Most of them don‘t disappoint. This story was strange, absurd and a blend of genres. I enjoyed it even if i didn‘t like how the mystery was solved. I gave it 4 stars.

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KatarinaK
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Very neat little book! I picked it up on a whim and for something translated from Russian it reads very well. Totally enjoyable and quite quirky. The Deus ex machina ending however left something to be desired, but it still wrapped up well.

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Angeles
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This is like Alice in wonderland for Russians😄Funny, crazy and very strange with an amazing innkeeper that is my new favorite character

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BeththeBookDragon
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This little notebook is where I store all my TBRs. Picked at random got #tbrtuesday

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