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Murder Mysteries

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,266 Ratings  ·  334 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
Kai Parker
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
نمیدونم چطوری توصیفش کنم.
روایت نو ای بود از داستان فرشتگان.
از اینکه چطوری لوسیفر از راه به در شد
از اینکه این ، خود خواسته و برنامه خدا بود ، و او خود باعث وسوسه لوسیفر شده بود.
واقعا داستان والایی بود.
وقتی میخوندم حس خیلی عجیبی بهم دست میداد.
به همه پیشنهاد میکنم
گرچه باید به اینم اشاره کنم که این کتاب و خدایان امریکایی بهم ثابت کردن که بزرگسالا هم برای خوندن بعضی از کتابای این نویسنده هنوز خیلی بچه ان :دی
پ ن : زبان اصلی بخونید
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonderful

سپس آهی کشید و دوباره نشست.«آه، اي ریئایل کوچک! یکی از مشکلات خلق کردن این
است که چیزی که طراحی کرده بودی خیلی بهتر از انتظارت عمل میکند!
چه شد کـه مـن را شناختی؟»
«مطمئن نیستم، پروردگار. شما بالی ندارید. شما در مرکز شهر هستید، و خلقت مستقیم زیـر
نظر شماست. وقتی که ...(برای اسپویل نشدن اسمو ننوشتم) را نابود کردم، شما جای دیگری را نگاه نکردید. شما همه چیز
را می دانید. شما...»

چهل و پنج صفحه...
پر از فلسفه...
پر از سوال...
پر از لغزش...

داستانی درباره ی خالق، شهر نقره ای و سقوط فرشتگان که گیمن با استادی ت
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories

ایده ی نو و جالبی داشت ...داستان قتل یک فرشته و "ریئایل" فرشته ی کین خواه خداوند که ماموریت می یابد تا قاتل را بیابد و به سزای اعمالش برساند
نظرم اینه که حتما کتاب زبان اصلی رو بخونید ترجمه ش اصلا جالب نبود

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
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful work.

Short, but rich in story and characters, entertaining and simply... beautiful.
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
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
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
"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
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
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman fans
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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
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
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Se vede în fundal cinica umbră a marelui păpușar ușor dezinteresat de absolut orice mai puțin mărețul său plan. Bineînțeles că asta nu se vede din scriitura lui Gaiman ci dacă-ți pui tu mintea puțin la contribuție. Ce-i cu adevărat fain la povestire este că-ți poate da subiecte de discuții cu prietenii. Însă nu este deloc de o profunzime care să te marcheze. Ba dimpotrivă. Tema abordată este trat
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it

حس میکنم نیل گیمن 2 تا ایده خوب تو ذهنش داشت: یه ایده برای یه داستان جناییطور و یه ایده هم تو مایه ایدههای دوران sandmanنویسیش. منتها به نظرم هیچ کدوم به نظرش اون قدر پخته نبود که بتونه یه داستان مستقل بشه. شاید هم اول یکیش به ذهنش خطور کرد و بعد اون یکی رو براش ساخت که سر همشون کنه. البته این چیزی از فوق العاپه بودن ایده اصلی داستان کم نمی کنه.

البته موقع خوندنش شدیدا یاد بعضی تلاشهای آرمان آرین در نوشتن فانتزی مذهبی هم افتادم. به طور خاص رویای باغ سپید و آینده کهن

رده بندی سنی: بزرگسال. واقعا چر

Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
The graphics are great, especially the angels. They’ve got a very disturbing sexual pose in their asexual constitution. The plot and the idea of heaven are very Gaiman, as always imaginative and original.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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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
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poor, Sweet Lucifer. His way will be the hardest of all my children. For there is a part he must play in the drama that is to come, and it is a grand role.

My first graphic novel in ages (I read comics as a child) and my first Neil Gaiman reading ever. I was not dissapointed. The set-up with the story told by the old man, about heaven before the Universe, angels are the only creatures of the light, a murder happens and what happens on earth!

It was kept short and not burdened with a complicated
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
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
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list
Experienced this as an audio drama and it was quite amazing. I loved the story within the story but am very confused about the bigger one
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.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I had the opportunity of reading several novels and short stories from Neil Gaiman, this might be my second or third graphic novel.

The story is told in two times; one is in the present time, in which our narrator bumps with an old men that decides to tell him a story as a payment for cigarette he gave him. But most of the novel would focus on the story that tells this man, related in ancestral times when the world as we know did not exist.

Raguel, the angel of vengeance, has been assigne
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