Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.20: Mystery Tropes, a Mystery Novel, and a Game to Herald the Spring

Please forgive the delay in getting this podcast to you! We had some technical difficulties after recording the podcast, and there was some concern that this podcast was LOST FOREVER. Happily — because we have a special guest star, friend of the podcast Ashley!! — the podcast was able to be recovered, and we present it to you now. Ashley and the Jennys talk about tropes in mystery novels that we hate and love; we review J. Robert Janes’s mystery novel Mirage; and we play a game, composed by Whiskey Jenny, about flowers in book titles. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly to take with you on the go.

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Episode 20

Here are the contents of the podcast if you wish to skip around:

Starting at 1:13 – We have an extensive discussion of mystery novel tropes, not holding our fire when a mystery trope causes us to feel contempt or rage. Ashley proves to have an impressively wide knowledge of mystery novels of the world, confirming us in our belief that she was a good guest star to bring in.

Starting at 24:59 – I do the world’s smoothest ever segue from our discussion topic to our book review, of J. Robert Janes’s book Mirage (alternate and lamer title: Mayhem).

Starting at 39:44 – Whiskey Jenny administers a GAME in which we have to guess books with flowers in the title.

53:07 – Closing remarks and outro. (Yes, there’s no recommendation for next time. I made a recommendation, but I changed my mind later and we cut it.)

Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.

4 thoughts on “Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.20: Mystery Tropes, a Mystery Novel, and a Game to Herald the Spring”

  1. Hey, you guys are Terriers fans! That’s awesome. (And for the record, Hank’s ex-wife plotline was usually my least favorite, though the actress who played his ex-wife was great in her role.)

    Your reviewed book for this week sounds reminiscent to me of Philip Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy, with the whole noir aspect and police trying to do their jobs under the Nazi regime. Kerr’s first of the trilogy, March Violets, was published in 1989, just a few years before Mirage/Mayhem’s publication. Maybe it was a thing in the late 1980’s / early 1990’s to set mysteries with Nazis.

    1. She was! Definitely. It just wasn’t the most interesting part of the show.

      Oo, that sounds interesting! Were they good books?

      1. I enjoyed them when I read them eight years ago. My tastes have changed some since then, but not a lot. My notes describe them as the grittiest books I’d read that year, and I’d read quite a few gritty books that year. I liked the third book of the trilogy the best – I summed it up in my Livejournal (ha ha) with this: “German Requiem finds PI Bernie Gunther doggedly pursuing a convoluted mystery in post-war Berlin and Vienna, a mystery that involves the
        most wanted information of the time – who did what during the war? There are double-crosses, shady spies, gruesome
        deaths, and a sense that nothing is going to go well in the end.” The author eventually went on to write more books featuring this PI, so now the trilogy is folded into a longer series named after the protagonist.

  2. Yay! So glad this wasn’t lost!

    I love The Last Policeman series so far; I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say about it.

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