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The Body in the Record Room: A Mystery (Roy Rogers Mystery)

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It’s 1954. When a mental patient who calls himself Roy Rogers finds a body in the hospital record room, his investigation leads him to the murder of Marcia Weinhart. Twenty years earlier, authorities found her mutilated corpse lying on the altar of St. Adrian's Catholic Church in Sunrise, Missouri.

Roy, his friend Harry, and Harry’s beloved dog, Bullet, move through the bui
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by St. Martin's Minotaur
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Kristi
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was a real wake-up call after the more mundate mysteries I've been ploughing through. It is reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night Time in that the protagonist does not have the same mentation as the reader. In this book, the narrator is a man confined to a state mental institution because he has delusional episodes. One night, he finds the body of a man. He and a friend hide the body, but then try to find out how the man died; in doing so, they uncover the secret ...more
Tina
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Not bad for a first novel and certainly a unique here. The novel is set in a mental institution in 1954 where the hero has been committed for committing hate crimes, beating up homosexuals. Instead of continuing on this path, he chooses to emulate Roy Rogers, his on-screen hero. When he finds the body of a dead priest in the record room he sets out to solve the crime. It was pretty well done and portrayed mentally unstable people in a fair light. Particularly important was the portrayal of the m ...more
Jennie
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book was a good mystery- lots of twists and turns- and the interesting thing about it was that it takes place in a mental hospital in the 1950s. It was written by a man who was the son of a doctor at such a hospital and lived there. So it was almost historical fiction too. I enjoyed it and a look at something we don't usually see.
Kara Ripley
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This was kinda a lame mystery.

The premise was interesting--a crazy man comes across a mystery and solves it from inside the mental facility. But there was too much repeating and not enough jucy info.
Liz
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by this book. It was a murder mystery but with a message. I am intrigued by the background of the author, a retired minister, whose regard for organized religion was definitely put to the test in this book.
Michelle
Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it
If you can get past the reason for the murders in this book and look at the characters - its okay.
Pat
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. A mystery set in a mental institution in the 50s - no suspense, a real good mystery. Feels old.
Jeanne Kornegay
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good easy read book. The author gives you a good idea of what it was like to live in a mental hospital back in the mid 1950's.
Monica
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick but compelling read set in the 1950s in a Missouri state mental institution of a sort that does't exist anymore. Our detective and hero is a mental patient there who thinks he's Roy Rogers who discovers a body in the records room of the institution. Trying to be a "good guy" in the Roy Rogers tradition, he sets out with his sidekick Harry, a Forrest Gump-like character, to solve the murder mystery. Along the way we met lots of interesting characters, some committed to the instit ...more
Grace
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Barone won a contest sponsored by St. Martin/Minotaur to publish this book, a mystery narrated by an inmate of a mental hospital. The voice of the narrator was absolutely winning, despite his situation. Fun read.
Jane Cornett
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Story told in the voice of a crazy person... reads like it was written by one.
Allen Steele
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was a lot better than I had thought or hoped. Written by a pastor, who growing up had lots of experience with mentally ill patients. it was very entertaining & funny!
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