Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand--a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder. He arrives in the wake of a puzzling art heist with plans to teach a course on art and economics--only to be faced with the alleged suicide of womanizing artist-in-residence Tristan Wheeler. When it becomes clear that Wheeler had serious enemies and a murderer is in their midst, Henry Spearman is on the case. Was Wheeler killed by a jilted lover, a cuckolded husband, or a beleaguered assistant?
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Murder at the Margin by Marshall Jevons. Cinnamon Bay Plantation was the ideal Caribbean island getaway--or so it seemed.
But for distinguished Harvard economist Henry Spearman it offered diversion of a decidedly different sort and one he'd hardly anticipated: murder. While the island police force is mired in an investigation that leads everywhere and nowhere, the diminutive, balding Spearman, who likes nothing be Cinnamon Bay Plantation was the ideal Caribbean island getaway--or so it seemed.
While the island police force is mired in an investigation that leads everywhere and nowhere, the diminutive, balding Spearman, who likes nothing better than to train his curiosity on human behavior, conducts an investigation of his own, one governed by rather different laws--those of economics. Theorizing and hypothesizing, Spearman sets himself on the killer's trail as it twists from the postcard-perfect beaches and manicured lawns of a resort to the bustling old port of Charlotte Amalie to densely forested hiking trails with perilous drops to a barren offshore cay.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Murder at the Margin Henry Spearman 1. Nov 21, Glen rated it really liked it Shelves: cozies , mystery. A good cozy with an unusual detective.
The detective is an economics professor, who believes he can solve most things if he can figure out what someone wants. There is a lot of basic economic theory discussed, but in an accessible way. It seems pretty much how an economics professor would behave. He's on vacation in the Caribbean when an obnoxious former General gets the penalty for being a jerk--death. Of course, the authorities want to blame radicals, which seems a bit odd as the book takes plac A good cozy with an unusual detective.
Of course, the authorities want to blame radicals, which seems a bit odd as the book takes place during the late s, but that seems to happen a lot in a book like this. Unconvinced, our detective pokes around, and after exposing some empty-headed left wing hypocrisy, solves the mystery. A good debut mystery. View 1 comment. Feb 21, Shani rated it did not like it Shelves: forced-reading , for-learning , high-school , economics.
I enjoy economics but this book was terrible. It was clearly written by someone who knew their stuff about economics but not much about writing. I had to read it for a high school econ class and it did the job of conveying points about economics well, and so for the class it was a good choice. But it is definitely not a book to read if what one is looking for is a good and entertaining story.
The book made no pretense of being a great literary work which was good. It had a job to do and it did i I enjoy economics but this book was terrible. It had a job to do and it did it well; the book went quickly and was very to the point. Jun 21, Sana rated it it was amazing Shelves: education. Pretty good, especially after the characters are introduced. The economics stuff was pretty cool, especially at the end where Spearman puts it all together.
I kind of felt bad for Vincent, but I guess he deserved it for not listening to him. Sometimes the book was a bit funny but not really. I liked the characters well enough, especially Spearman and Pidge. They were quite adorable, once the story unraveled. Apr 10, Karen rated it did not like it.
IDK why I finished it. The characters were automatons and their conversation sounded like it was AI-generated. Many characters who are terrific to read about are people one would never really want to encounter. Professor Spearman, OTOH, might actually be a pleasant vacation acquaintance, and he is so earnest and enthusiastic that I could really see enjoying his company. In a book, though, I want someone more entertaining.
Feb 10, J rated it really liked it. Just re-read it Awesome book. It renewed my love of economics! The only thing that made it 4 stars vs. Economics rocks! Jan 20, K. Hallman rated it liked it Shelves: gentleman-detective , 20th-century , mystery , cozy , completed I was skeptical about an economics mystery, but Murder at the Margin is fairly entertaining.
I can see why it is used in beginnnings economics courses. I learned more about economics very generally, I'm sure from reading this book than I ever learned in school liberal arts major.
I picked this up because my son is an economist and I thought he would get a kick out of it. It turned out to be a clever mystery with a different twist to it.
Apr 30, Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: i-mysteries , very-best-series , on-life-in-academia. I love the fact that this series exists. I read 4, and then decided to start the series at 1 this book. Truthfully, 4 was a bit better than this one, but this is still an awesome premise!
Somehow, I actually thought 4 developed the main character better than he was developed here in 1. But I just love the series, regardless. I look forward to reading 2 next. Aug 05, Mariyam Syed rated it it was ok. It would've been cool if Pidge was actually the murderer, and she was just letting off steam from her nerdy husband saying nerd stuff all the time.
Amusing and Wittg An excellent detective novel with a keen insight into the objective and remarkably simple truth of economics that rationalizes rather than vilifies the essence of logic. Apr 10, benebean rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-detective , medium , could-recommend , cleaness-granny-smiles , blibrary.
May 22, Meghan Mildenberger rated it liked it Shelves: book-club-shelf. A little derivative of Agatha Christie, but a good little mystery none the less. Aug 16, Alex rated it really liked it.
Not that well written a first novel , but everything I wanted it to be. Feb 21, Jadrian Wooten rated it really liked it. So bad that it's good. Don't read this if you don't like economics. Nov 26, Christophe Van rated it liked it.
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