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by Elliot Paul

eBook Mayhem in B-Flat (Detective Stories) download ISBN: 0486256219
Author: Elliot Paul
Publisher: Dover Pubns; First Edition, First ed. edition (April 1, 1988)
Language: English
Pages: 320
ePub: 1398 kb
Fb2: 1157 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

Mayhem in B-Flat book. What follows lives up spectacularly to the title of Elliot Paul's mystery classic.

Mayhem in B-Flat book. Against a richly evoked background of Paris in the 1930s, Homer and Miriam deftly manage to mix serious detection with madcap adventure.

By 1925 Elliot Paul had already seen three of his novels published when he left America to join . Mayhem in B-Flat (1940). Fracas in the Foothills (1940)

By 1925 Elliot Paul had already seen three of his novels published when he left America to join many of his literary compatriots in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, France. He had completed three more books when he suffered from a nervous breakdown and abruptly left Paris to recuperate in the Spanish village of Santa Eulalia on the island of Ibiza. Fracas in the Foothills (1940). The Death of Lord Haw Haw (as Brett Rutledge, 1940).

Mayhem in B Flat by Elliot Paul. Captain Pansy's Cultural Dictionary of Dick. A cover gallery for Bantam. Pin by paul n on pulp art book & magazine covers. All of the Dennis Lehane books I’ve read have been like crack to me. Three times in the last year I’ve stayed up way too late trying to finish one of his books.

Coachwhip Publications.

Elliot Paul gives you plenty of laughs-and a bumper crop of homicide in this story that takes you from concert hall to cabaret to brothel, at racehorse speed. Even Homer has a hard time keeping up. Author Paul is a sly one. His quips are as fast as Miriam's lightning draw; his innuendos as innocent as a strip-teaser. If you're looking for deep-dyed detective problems, "Mayhem in B-Flat" is not for you. But if you want a hilarious evening, spend it with Homer, Miriam and the gang. Coachwhip Publications.

Elliot Paul believes that mystery and detective novels are too often mechanical .

Elliot Paul believes that mystery and detective novels are too often mechanical and dry, following well-worn patterns and lacking a legitimate degree of humor, love interest, and just plain good story telling. Several elements combine in this story to assure Mr. Paul of a highly satisfied audience. There is Homer Evans, who alone should make this book a rival to The Thin Man, and whose varied talents include both the ability for quick thinking in emergencies and a personality which ambassadors, taxi drivers, and beautiful girls find equally irresistible.

The American journalist and author Elliot Paul (1891-1958) was born in Massachusetts .

The American journalist and author Elliot Paul (1891-1958) was born in Massachusetts, served in France in WWI, and returned home to become a journalist and author. He returned to Paris in 1925 to become a writer and part of the fabled Jazz Age literary colony centered in Montparnasse. He was a friend of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein and was a great enthusiast of Stein’s writings. In Mayhem in B-flat, we learn that he believes that the Czerny School of Velocity was a form of aesthetic exercise that increased the listener’s powers of appreciation and lulled dangerous tendencies toward dynamic activity.

Surprisingly, Elliot Paul, the author, does not allow the humorous . Mayhem in B-Flat is the third story involving Homer Evans, an independently wealthy, well-educated, suave American with a penchant for solving complex mysteries.

Surprisingly, Elliot Paul, the author, does not allow the humorous situations that continually arise to undermine the mystery itself. Mayhem in B-Flat is a detection novel that challenges the reader. Dover Publications specializes in publishing works no longer in print. I particularly enjoy the Dover mystery and detective fiction series. The investigation of the theft of a rare Guarnerius violin during a public concert is unexpectedly complicated by multiple murders, gang warfare, mysterious poisons, and a possible escape from Devil's Island. The plot is unpredictable.

Set against the backdrop of bohemian Montparnasse, the story hurtles along at a breathless pace and in a tone of relentless good cheer, despite the rising body count. A rollicking, madcap comic mystery that will have you alternately laughing out loud and reading in silent amazement as the plot becomes more and more complex and the actions more extreme and unpredictable.

Thus the series of Best Detective Stories of the Year may reasonably lay some claim to being the most important . ~ ~ This chilling story from the maiden volume in the Best Detective series has several surprises in store.

Thus the series of Best Detective Stories of the Year may reasonably lay some claim to being the most important permanent general repository for the modern crime story.

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Comments: (4)
Oppebro
I don't enjoy the comic mystery, where everyone seems to think all of life is a party. I have to credit this with being well written of its kind, and leave it at that.
Thordibandis
well preserved
Velan
A 1940 contemporary review described Mayhem in B-Flat as "a sizzling concoction of murder, merriment and madness". A zany cast of characters collide in a far-fetched plot that unfolds in the decadent and scandalous background of Paris in the late 1930s. This is pure fiction; there is no hint of the worsening international situation in Europe. Surprisingly, Elliot Paul, the author, does not allow the humorous situations that continually arise to undermine the mystery itself. Mayhem in B-Flat is a detection novel that challenges the reader.

The investigation of the theft of a rare Guarnerius violin during a public concert is unexpectedly complicated by multiple murders, gang warfare, mysterious poisons, and a possible escape from Devil's Island. The plot is unpredictable. The eccentric, improbable characters are immensely entertaining. I will leave the details unspecified. The reader derives much enjoyment from the unexpected events and unanticipated coincidences that characterize the plot.

Mayhem in B-Flat is the third story involving Homer Evans, an independently wealthy, well-educated, suave American with a penchant for solving complex mysteries. I have not read the two earlier stories - The Mysterious Mickey Finn and Hugger-Mugger in the Louvre - but their titles suggest a similar humorous vein.

Dover Publications specializes in publishing works no longer in print. I particularly enjoy the Dover mystery and detective fiction series. Many selections are recognized classics by authors like Wilkie Collins, G. K. Chesterton, and J. Sheridan LeFanu. Others, like Mayhem in B-Flat (1940), are rarely encountered today. These inexpensive reprints are not only enjoyable reading, but they also provide an intriguing look at contemporary life and attitudes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Clandratha
I think humorous mysteries are wonderful, and know of none better than this. Set in Paris between the wars (what Paul calls Paris's best American period) the Homer Evans mysteries have broad humor and a distinctive wit. Add an inspired selection of funny names, a varied and eccentric cast of characters, word-play of a highly entertaining order (as when one Lvov Kvek is described as "a former colonel in the recent army of the late Czar"), and "Mayhem in B-Flat" is well outfitted for humor. Even the chapter headings are funny.
As for the mystery involved, there's hardly anything comparable for bizarre complications and circumstances outside Alice Tilton's (i.e., Phoebe Atwood Taylor's) Leonidas Witherall mysteries and one of her Asey Mayo mysteries, "Spring Harrowing".
Even if possible, a plot summary is inadvisable, as aeshtetic merit and mental health might equally suffer. However, a list of the some of the elements of this tale may give an idea of its dizzying effect: the theft of an extremely valuable violin called "The Sinner Without Malice"; corpses that hardly seem to have noticed their own passing; a significant error in a game of checkers; forged fingerprints; a lady baritone; tarantula fights; barratry; thugs known as Dental Jake and Godo the Whack; a fiendishly dangerous new poison; a greasy thumbprint dating back to around the time of the Norman Conquest; a permeable wall; a revolutionary glue; and Hyacinthe Toudoux, medical examiner for the Prefect of Police.
Only three of Elliot Paul's Homer Evans mystery titles seem to have been in print in the last thirty-five years or so. That is unfortunate, for Evans and his friends inhabit a distinctive, strange, and funny world. To get there go past "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and Dortmunder country, then hang a right as you pass "Charade", aiming toward "The Last of Sheila". Halfway to "The Thin Man" wave at Tish, enter Paris, and fall down laughing.