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A Deadly Indifference (Henry Spearman #3)

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Harvard Professor Henry Spearman - an ingenious amateur sleuth who uses economics to size up every situation - is sent by an American entrepreneur to Cambridge, England. His mission is to scout out for purchase the most famous house in economic science: Balliol Croft, the former dwelling place of Professor Alfred Marshall.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 16th 1998 by Princeton University Press (first published July 1995)
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Jun 21, 2011 J rated it really liked it
Really just a 3 1/2 ...

I appreciate the attempt to modernize this series with a relatively new edition (published in 1995). It had none of the outdated terms & prices that felt awkward in the other books. It was also markedly improved in terms of the writing ability displayed.

As a personal aside, I loved reading about Cambridge and punting on the Cam. It brought back good memories. Sigh.

Unfortunately, the book lacked the unabashed application of economic theories that made the earlier books
Fulya İçöz
Jan 12, 2014 Fulya İçöz rated it it was ok
Okay, here's a strange combination: economics & mystery. I wonder how these two could come together but in this book they coexist. In my opinion, if I had any idea about economics, this book would be more interesting and appealing to me. I don't understand numbers, figures, fractions anything about statistics or consumer theories so, it was sometimes hard for me to follow the book. I read it purely for the mystery element yet it was directly related to economy and I failed there, too. What I ...more
Beth Anne
Jun 23, 2014 Beth Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Just ok - the middle was the strongest. I enjoyed most of the economics parts, but at times they seemed a little unnatural in the dialogue. Sounds like the first two books were better based on other reviews. I look forward to finding them.
Brian Williams
Oct 12, 2014 Brian Williams rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book -- great entertainment. Maybe not the best literature -- a tad heavy handed in relating economic theory to everyday life. It is akin to Agatha Christie doing introductory economics in a murder mystery!
Steve Gross
Feb 14, 2015 Steve Gross rated it liked it
A decent mystery, heavily centered on economics.
Nov 13, 2009 Brenton rated it liked it
Much better than the previous book in the series (The Fatal Equilibrium), this book has a mixture of horrible corniness with some good suspense and tension. One problem is that the focus can jump around a bit erratically. It's odd, but doesn't really detract from the reading experience.
Jun 01, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
The appearance of Jeremy Bentham's auto-icon had me reminiscing about my UCL days. Enjoyable but predictable.
John Avery
Sep 21, 2011 John Avery rated it it was amazing
Right wing economist uses microeconomic principles to solve a murder mystery. What's not to like here?
Jul 15, 2011 Potjy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
More likes 3 1/2, but I have a soft spot for old English town.
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