About the Whodunit Book Club

Whodunit Book Club has met in its present location for almost seventeen years! If you would like to join us, our meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month (except December).
We meet at the Chapters Store located at 41 MicMac Blvd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Phone (902) 466-1640

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

November 27th Whodunit Meeting

Nineteen members showed up for the last meeting of 2007.
Question posed: When reading mystery fiction do you like to play sleuth and figure out 'Whodunit'? Or... do you like an ending twist and/or surprise?
When answering this question several members 'confessed' to reading the end of the book on occasion. Shock! Horror! I guess you can glean that I have never and would NEVER do that.
Also, the issue of "Whydunits" came up again. Novels where you know from the outset who committed the crime. The suspense is WHY the act was perpetrated. They are definitely my favorites. Ruth Rendell was mentioned as being the Queen of the Whydunit.
Book under discussion: "Most Wanted" by Michele Martinez.
The consensus seemed to be that it was not a great book. A legal thriller with little character development and low on 'thrills'. The sequel to this title "Finishing School" was not one most of us would follow up, though there were a few who showed interest.
Discussion brought up the use of the uneducated jargon used in Chapter 5. Many including myself thought that this detracted from the novel. I was on the point of shelving the book after reading this chapter. It seemed contrived, and derogatory.
The character of Bernadette, supposedly a strong character, showed a remarkable misjudgment of character in Rommie.
With rampant corruption, the only 'clean' characters were Melanie and Dan.
What are your thoughts? Would you read the sequel?

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