HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Girl Watcher’s Funeral
Author: Hugh Pentecost
Publisher: Pyramid Books, republished, 1972
Language level: 4
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Adults only
Rating: * 1 star
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Pentecost, Hugh. Girl Watcher’s Funeral (published in 1969 by Dodd Mead and Company, New York City, NY). Barrel-chested and twinkle-eyed Nikos Karados is a wealthy Greek shipping magnate with a philanthropic bent who comes to New York City with his entourage to stage a fashion show of designs by protégé Max Lazar for the sake of cancer research at the at the stately Beaumont Hotel where Pierre Chambrun is the resident manager. Karados collapses and dies from an apparent heart attack, but while Inspecting the body, the house doctor discovers that Karados’s medication has been replaced by placebos. To avoid a panic, Chambrun has Beaumont press agent Mark Haskell quietly investigate the murder. There is a host of possible suspects among the models, designers, photographers, reporters, and others. Who killed Karados? Why was the murder committed? And is anyone else in danger?
Hugh Pentecost was a penname of mystery author Judson Philips (1903–1989). I picked up this book 6 of 15 in “The Pierre Chambrun Mysteries Series” from our library’s discard table because it was labeled “mystery” and next to historical fiction good mysteries (ala Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton) are one of my favorite forms of literature. Unfortunately, Girl Watcher’s Funeral is a typical modern “hard-boiled” detective novel with a lot, and I mean a lot, of cursing, swearing, and near vulgarity, numerous instances of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages, and multiple references to amoral sexual activities including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. If something like that floats your boat, have at it, but I prefer stories that are cleaner and more wholesome.