"The surprise here is how little all this whimsical metatextual byplay changes the formula of alarums, excursions, red herrings and other tangents beloved of the genre; it just invites the authors to join the eternally bickering sleuths."
Inspired perhaps by those round-robin collaborations published 75 years ago by England's Detection Club, Lutz (The Spellmans Strike Again
, 2010, etc.) and Hayward add a new twist: The two collaborators, each responsible for alternating chapters, are in sharp disagreement about how the tale should be told.
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