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Requiem for Ashes (The Albert Mysteries #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In Albert, D. A. Crossman introduces a character who may well be the most lovable eccentric in all of modern detective fiction. He's also a surprisingly good, if unorthodox, sleuth. Nothing made sense to Albert. Why would anyone want to kill Professor Glenly because of Etruscans? Why did everyone think Tewksbury had done it? And why did the cassette recorder stop working w ...more
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published April 6th 2011 by Alibi-Folio (first published January 1994)
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My instinct is to avoid cozy mysteries because I tend to find amateur sleuths foolish in their investigations, and I basically want to put them in jail for all the laws they break throughout the course of the book. So it's not really a subgenre for me. HOWEVER, Albert, the neurologically atypical amateur sleuth in this book, sidestepped all my annoyances with his own style of grace. I thought his character growth throughout the story was very much earned: he picked up investigative skills and de ...more
Delightful, funny, heart-breaking. Musical savant Professor stumbles into love with the redoubtable Miss Bjork and solves three murders, in his absent-minded, dogged, bemused way. I laughed and I cried. I loved it and immediately bought the next in the series, which is good, but not 5 stars. Eccentric academics are the core characters, and the Professor is an eccentric genius.
I read the Kindle version, which is not a perfect translation of the old, print text. There were a couple of places wher
I learned of this author reading another delightful book, They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels. I found the protagonist to be very charming - he's kind of a musician/composer/savant, completely removed from reality. The descriptions of his diet had me laughing out loud. "He had corn and Nestle's Quik for supper; the corn still frozen, like a popsicle, the Quick dry, straight from the can." His forays into Holmesian logic are another source of entertainment ...more
Professor Albert is a very interesting character. Great mystery. Looking forward to the next one.
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Mystery writer, musician and artist David Crossman grew up on Vinalhaven and graduated from the island school in 1970.

The roots of his mother's family (Roberts) extend back to the earliest settlers on the island who arrived in the late 18th century. David stressed that he and his younger brother Matt were born on the island and therefore really are Vinalhaven natives. His older brothers Phil and D
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