Fredric Brown – We All Killed Grandma (1952)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: How — Death by shooting
Calendar of Crime: February 9 – Couple/romance major role
TBR #3 (2e, 1p)
Date Finished: January 3, 2019

A man finds his grandmother shot to death in front of her open safe and immediately loses his memory while phoning the police. Struggling with amnesia, and afraid he’s blocking out his own guilt, he struggles to put together his past, and the timeline of the shooting, while also dealing with his ex-wife and his feelings for her.

Not considered as one of Brown’s best works, it is an interesting concept that relies mainly on dialogue rather than action. Almost all of Brown’s characters in various books end up sounding alike, which is a common issue among writers, but Brown also created very likable lead characters, which is no different here. Certainly no tough, hardboiled type, the lead, Rod Britten, is a softy, often to his detriment. Overall this is an entertaining mystery, but no classic.

just the facts golden 2019-01-03

calendar of crime checkoff sheet 2019-01-03

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