A Ray Gabriel Floating Home Mystery
By Paul Petrucci
Booklocker - March 2002
ISBN: 159113112X - Trade paperback
Contemporary / Mystery / Amateur sleuth
Reviewed by: Barbara Buhrer, MyShelf.Com
Ray Gabriel's experiment is called Sherlock-in-the-Box, a computer that can solve mysteries. For completion it needs the input of professor of psychology and mystery writer, Julius Dexter.
Gabriel views the fall of Father Peter from the roof of a Seattle cathedral. Miriam Towson, an architect, believes the death suspicious and urges Gabriel to solve this mystery. Gabriel also becomes involved in the mystery of assaults against the Cathedral by satanic cults snf embroiled in an on-again/off again love affair with Zelda Bartlett, Dexter's secretary. When Gabriel attempts to put all the facts, half-truths, and lies into Sherlock to find the truth, he learns that a computer is no substitute for the human brain.
This is a clever murder mystery with a intriguing and imaginative concept. Gabriel is a complex character, considerate of the feelings of people around him. The plot is well-constructed with constant tension. The reader is kept guessing. The many characters are diverse and varied in types, well-rounded, developed and lifelike. They act like real people.
This is an unusual and intriguing mystery which will hold the interest of a discerning reader.
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