I know I’ve read several reviews of Home Sweet Homicide, but it was a post over at The Invisible Event that made me decide to try out Craig Rice. Once I laid my eyes on this 1946 Pocket Books edition with a gorgeous cover (which is completely unrepresentative of anything that actually happens in the story, mind you), I knew I had to have it.
This is a bit of a strange one for me to describe. I suppose a conventional description would focus on the murder of Flora Sanford, found dead in her home shortly after neighbors heard two shots. And yet that murder – which certainly forms the backbone of the story – never really comes to life. Rather, it’s the amateur investigation led by three children who decide to play detective that I find myself wanting to focus on. Because really, that’s what this book is about; the antics of three rascals going through unbelievable lengths to solve a crime and match their mother up with a bachelor detective assigned to the case.