Dreamy. Jedediah Berry’s debut novel, The Manual of Detection, provides willing readers with a quirky and odd story of a clerk, Charles Unwin, who becomes a detective. The balance between order and disorder, and between dreams and reality remains off kilter for Unwin and for readers. The Manual of Detection presents a puzzle in a form that isn’t what most mystery readers are accustomed to, but for me, became absorbing as the story unfolds. Berry allows us to engage our brains with him as we enter Unwin’s world and try our best to make sense of what is happening. Adventurous readers are likely to find much to enjoy: a new author, and a genre that may defy the limitations of an orderly niche.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)