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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Some Like it Hot-buttered

Some Like it Hot-buttered, by Jeffrey Cohen, is an amusing and well-written mystery about popcorn. Well, no...though the title correctly suggests popcorn and old movie comedies, the popcorn is actually quite peripheral — merely a vehicle for delivering poison to the victim. The novel is about one Elliot Freed, who renovates an old movie theatre in New Jersey to turn it into a venue for old comedies. Don’t expect noir, don’t expect a police procedural, don’t expect a serious mystery at all. But do expect to have fun with a bunch of interesting characters. Freed’s movie theatre is appropriately named Comedy Tonight, and that’s what Cohen’s novel provides as well. I’m ready to read his other books.

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