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**A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage

by Mark Twain

Reviewed October 17, 2001.
W. W. Norton & Company.  2001.  Available at Sembach Library.

This is a short story by Mark Twain, published for the first time.  There is also a detailed foreword and afterword by Roy Blount, Jr., explaining why the story is only now being published, and putting it in the context of Mark Twain’s life.

The story is fun, with something of a surprise ending.  You can definitely feel Mark Twain’s sense of humor.  As for the mystery, you might guess where something sinister is going on, but he doesn’t exactly give clues to figure it out.  This is a light and quick read.  The detailed historical background makes you feel that at least you learned something!  The illustrations by Peter de Seve add to the fun.
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