Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Review of Five Little Rich Girls by Lawrence Block (1974, Signet)
First published in 1974, Five Little Rich Girls was published in the US as Make Out With Murder. It’s a somewhat tongue-in-cheek PI tale, with a fair splattering of in-gags for fans of crime fiction, with the central character’s boss being a mystery novel aficionado seeking to ape the success and notoriety of Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe amongst others. The tale is written in the first person from the perspective of Chip Harrison, a high school drop-out and street smart young man, who investigates the suspicious death of his girlfriend and two of her sisters. Whilst the story starts out as a parody it progressively takes the investigation more seriously, turning into a genuine whodunnit. It never quite loses its light hearted, sometimes improbable nature, and at times is quite racy. Overall, an okay read that got better as it progressed.