Top positive review
Eminently satisfying and comfortable.
February 7, 2018
This book is an homage to classic mysteries, with a brilliant, puzzle-solving sleuth- Julius Katz- who is full of quirky and expensive habits. We also have an erstwhile and skeptical assistant, hostile police, pushy reporters, and a killer who wants to end the famed crime-solver. Fans of Nero Wolfe will be especially happy to see an assistant named Archie. Though not human, the narrator (and powerful) Archie is quite the foil to Katz's odd habits and methods of problem-solving, and even acts as the conscience of Katz, much like Jiminy Cricket. With the added benefit he can be turned off when he gets too annoying. But despite his vast resources, he cannot solve the crime the way Katz can, showing that the power of the human mind is supreme.
We get the traditional "get the suspects in a room to go through the crime and their possible involvement" scenario. The high-living Katz navigates with style through possible motives and weak alibis to tease out the killer. Eminently satisfying and comfortable.