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Murder Mysteries

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,251 ratings  ·  442 reviews
A lonely man in Los Angeles is told a unique tale - a passion play that sheds light on the events before the creation of the world! Constructing the Universe is a vast task - and up in Heaven, God has allocated roles to all of his angels, even if the roles of some are more ineffable than others. But when a murder takes place - the first murder - an archangel is assigned to ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 2002 by Titan (first published October 1992)
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mark monday
fascinating. Gaiman's short story (and radio play) about a murder investigation amongst angels before the dawn of time finds a perfect new form in this graphic novel. there are so many balls being juggled here: love, death, vengeance, purpose; the true reason for Lucifer's fall; God's design; murder and memory; the mechanics of Creation. and none of those balls drop - each is given a full measure of thoughtfulness and ambiguity. this graphic novel is a master class in layered storytelling; the w ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Here. A Quarter. That's a good price."

A short read, and indeed a good one. Of course, it's Neil Gaiman! Right from the beginning, you can "feel" the soul...

"Be an Angel, Give Generously."

We are all here to fulfill a responsibility, and you need to wait until you are called for, and until it's time. And, be aware that the wait could be until the end of time.

Of all, I shall remember the smile, the grin of the Angel. It's beautiful!

"Sure. Sure. Tell me a Story." Hey Neil Gaiman. And, let's make ev
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A beautiful graphic novel, filled with the incredible imagination of Neil Gaiman.


I've said this before, but I really do believe that Gaiman's greatest masterpieces are his graphic novels. His style, his inventions, his worlds seem to be born in his mind to be translated in images with ink and paper.


The story of this one was so original and unespected that I read some sections twice because I didn't want to miss anything. Beautiful!

May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Neil Gaiman writes a great Angelic tale. I am a fan of anyone who wants to tackle the Higher Powers (from Mike Carey's Lucifer to Hellblazer comics). In Gaiman's wonderful hands we get a wonderful tale.

A strangely disturbed English writer goes out for a walk in LA. He meets an old homeless man who offers to tell him a tale in exchange for two cigarettes. The tale he tells has to do with murder.

Raguel, the Vengeance of the Lord, is awakened by Lucifer to investigate the murder of the angel, Caras
Shirin Tondkar
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-best-fantasy
A short, fantasy story about Angels of God, I wished it was more. Well-drawn characters, an interesting point about them as you can feeling their souls and could sympathies with them. Highly recommended to whom like any genre of stories.
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of Creation, an angel is murdered and Raguel, the Vengeance of the Lord, is sent to discover the culprit. Meanwhile Lucifer, his presence at the crime scene unaccounted for, walks in the shadows as he contemplates Creation and God's ultimate purpose.

I loved the way Gaiman wrote the character of Lucifer. Here he seems much more compelling and interesting a character with the way he tries to understand God's designs and uses his head, rather than the pure evil version many Christ
"Murder Mysteries" is probably my favorite short story by Neil Gaiman. I read it for the first time in the "Smoke and Mirrors" collection and I couldn't stop thinking about it for days. I was disturbed, enchanted, heartbroken. This little story haunted me and I told everyone that they just HAD to read it, but when they asked me what it was about, I was at a lost to explain or summarize the story for them. It's about angels, murder (obviously), love, revenge, justice, the creation of the Universe ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful work.

Short, but rich in story and characters, entertaining and simply... beautiful.
I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley.

This was...interesting. It seemed familiar, and I finally realized it had originally been published as a Gaiman short story in one of his collections.

Though, it seemed like it was better as a Gaiman story. This seemed more like an adaptation of a Gaiman story. That is, one of his stories that got adapted by someone who is Not-Gaiman. I believe that is the case, though Gaiman's name is on the cover.

So it brings up one question. First, why does Gaima
This was my first Neil Gaiman comic. It. could debatably by my last. While I do like Neil Gaiman in general this was trash in my opinion. There is one thing about the thing I liked. That's it. Just one (which I will share down the line). And let me also start off with informing readers-this is NOT for kids!

Let's get the ugly out of the way, shall we? First off, the art. At first, no the city is not too bad. Not good though either. Then, we get into "heaven" and the color choices are atrocious! F
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman fans
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, never let it be said the man didn't spin a good yarn. This is, in fact, a good yarn, though maybe not a sweater worth. How to describe this...a celestial homoerotic mystery? a morality tale? a murder investigation? Thing is you don't even have to love the mystery aspect to appreciate the stunningly imaginative world brought to life by a strikingly talented artist. This is one gorgeous book. Brief, a short story adaptation after all, less then an hour worth of entertainment, but well worth ...more
This book puts me in an odd position. I think P. Craig Russell is one of the greatest draftsmen and comic artists. Russell is brilliant in all of his adaptions. I think his Ring of Nibelung is one of the greatest things ever. But I'm not a big fan of Gaiman. Some of Sandman was alright, (what he's doing with the prequel stuff is horrible though).

I guess because Russell is gay it makes sense, but it was weird how off-putting the hetero-sex scene at the start of the book was, but how sexy the scen
Dawn C
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved, media-comic
If you were ever in doubt that Neil Gaiman loves the idea of sexless angels falling in love, just read this. He clearly has a soft spot for this form of pure love that transcends the body.

Saying too much would be spoiling, but it’s a very strong story about the creation of the world and what roles the angels, who live in a silver city with the universe at the center, have. It’s a really beautiful and powerful idea that moved me quite a lot. Please find it if you can.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seeing how the title implies multiple stories...I was disappointed that it was one single story about angels. Seems like so many rated this high just because it is Neil Gaiman...sorry I was not impressed by this.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews:

I have not read many graphic novels in the past, and I had convinced myself that they were simply not “my thing.” Earlier this year I read a graphic novel that was based on part of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series, and ever since I have made a promise to give more graphic novels a chance. Neil Gaiman’s Murder Mysteries is beautifully written and stunningly illustrated by P. Craig Russell. After reading it I
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: list-best-reads
I actually consider this a very simple work of rather genius and hers why:


A murder mystery wrapped in a murder mystery.
The masterful contrast between the two murder mysteries and sex scenes I find fascinating. The edited memories of a dispassionate act and the creation of the first love.

The beginning sex scene was very odd and methodical. Bits are issing. It had complete pack og empathy... it’s edited by Raguel - the bits where ‘protagonist’ committed a triple murder and the pre-cursor
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've always liked the text-only version of this, so I was pretty intrigued when I learned there was a graphic novel version as well. The story is pretty much the same, but it's interesting to read it in another medium, and it helped to draw attention to aspects of the storytelling I don't think I'd noticed before. In retrospect, the sting in the tail was obvious from a mile away, but I still like the idea anyway, particularly the story within the story.

The artwork is okay: nothing that stands ou
I loved this story. A man stuck in LA waiting for his grounded flight happens upon a man asking to borrow a cigarette. In exchange the man tells him a story. The story is of the angels as they were preparing the universe before it was spoken into existence. There is a murder to be solved. This is the kind of thing Neil is so brilliant at. You truly feel Neil has knowledge of this he is sharing. It feels so real. Raguel is the angel telling the story we are lead to believe. How this is set up is ...more
Teenu Vijayan
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mr Gaiman never ceases to amaze me ❤️
Amanda Artist Cat
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking and intriguing...
Samantha Trillium (Just Reading in the Rain)☂
Not exactly the story I was anticipating from reading the title, but this story left me thinking long after I finished it.
I loved this story especially when it came out in a graphic novel of the same title (loved the illustration of the Silver City). Is it possible to kill or murder an angel? If yes, then how was it done? If yes, then what is the reason for it? If yes, then will God punish the evildoer? The story is an account of the first murder in the history of the universe, before even Cain and Abel, told from the viewpoint of Raguel, an angel whose function is to be the "Vengeance of the Lord."

The Lord: "Poor
Isa Lavinia
arc provided by Dark Horse Comics through Netgalley

This is the story of the first murder in Heaven, and how the Lord's Vengeance, Raguel (who tells us the story) has to find the murderer.
The mystery of the murder wasn't much of a mystery, I appreciate that the mysteries in the title are plural alluding to deeper theological questions - but as a short story it's just okay, (which is why I'm giving it two stars), and as a graphic novel... I'm sorry to say, the artwork was just too 80's to make th
Terence Morais
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much depth. Has you thinking about the implications long after you have turned the last page. So surreal.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries tells of the first murder committed in heaven and the angel Raguel's (who was woken for this very purpose) subsequent investigation to find the murderer. But this is just the outer layer of this tale. It also raises questions about divine will versus free will, love and duty, obedience and rebellion. For such a short tale, this manages to pack in several themes and you're left thinking about the questions and the answers long after you finished reading. Gai
Saul Escalona
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars would be my rating. I read the short story and not the comic. This is a very original and imaginative story on how God tricked angel Lucifer to become Lucifer the fallen angel.
There is a kind of parallel second story regarding the narrator, a psychopath murderer and Raguel The Vengeance angel, that makes confusion in the overall understanding of the story.
But I believe the core of the story just lies on how God deceived Lucifer as part of His Creation plan and it just puts your imagina
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ooooh. Spiritually upsetting in the way only Neil Gaiman can be.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hassaan by: Nazish
Best recommendation I got last year. I remember an author who said he always preferred gaiman writing graphic novels to long form. I always scoffed.
That person may have had a point.
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