Books The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry Hardcover, 278 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Manual of DetectionAuthorJedediah Berry Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Paperback, 278 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published January 26 2010 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Manual of DetectionAuthorJedediah Berry Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Unexpectedly promoted to detective when his predecessor goes missing and a supervisor is killed, agency clerk Charles Unwin struggles with inexperience and nerves during a case in which he encounters bizarre clues and is framed for murder. Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Manual of Detection iStockphoto.com Three Books... Three Books In Praise Of The Clueless Detective December 20, 2010 Anjanette Delgado has had it with the self-assured smugness of old-school detectives. She recommends three tales celebrating amateur sleuths — a clerk, a captain and an 11-year-old girl — as they fumble through their newfound detective duties. Critics' Lists: Summer '09 Mysteries You Might Have Missed Along the Way August 20, 2009 Getting ready for one last trip to the beach? Have a long plane ride coming up? Or are you just ready to become engrossed in a good book? Try these mysteries you may have missed. Mysteries You Might Have Missed Along the Way Listen · 7:19 7:19 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/111743357/112051218" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Excerpts: Recommended Books Excerpt: 'The Manual of Detection' May 26, 2009 Jedidiah Berry's debut novel, featuring a decidedly soft-boiled detective, is a fascinating, intricately crafted puzzle that's a lot of fun to solve. Critics' Lists: Summer '09 Best Fiction For Every Kind Of Summer Day May 26, 2009 Any responsible list of summer reading must acknowledge the grim truth that summer is not all vacation. Here, then, is a list for hazy and crazy days, as well as for the lazy ones — and for the Days Memorial, Father's, Independence and Labor.