this is the 119th in my series of posts on forgotten or seldom read books
The Floating Admiral by the members of the Detection Club, Charter Books mass paperback, 1980
The famous Detection Club created this and several other books both as an exercise among themselves and to raise funds. The formula goes like this: the first two authors set the scene and the initial crime, then in turn each following author writes a chapter advancing the story using their idea of what a solution to the novel would be (each author’s solution is printed at the back of the book). Of course the solution one author writes toward gets changed by the next author’s ideas, and so on.
It’s no surprise that a mash-up like this results in a pretty average story, but the process kept me reading. I was interested to see how each author took the previous chapter’s concluding fact or twist and worked it into their own story line.
As the later chapters are reached there are less and less opportunities to change the course of events and it soon becomes clear that one of two or three characters must be the murderer of the Admiral found floating in a rowing boat.
I’d consider this one to be an interesting change of pace.
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