Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator

Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator - Josh Berk I was a bit disappointed when I read the book. It’s not very bad, but after I read what it was about, I had hoped to see the murder victim and the investigation sooner. The murder victim doesn’t appear until the second half of the book. The first half is very slow and although it is not too boring to see Guy’s everyday life, this could have been written a bit faster.

The second half of the book, on the other hand, is very interesting to read. We finally see the murder and the investigation has some nice plot twists.

The story is narrated in first person by Guy. As the book starts with the burial of Guy’s father, we don’t know much about Guy previous to that and how or if his behaviour changed much after it. Although he can be witty and funny, most of the time his jokes are silly. Jokes about sex and the male anatomy are not funny if they are repeated all the time (or they are not funny at all). You only have to imagine all the things you don’t like about teenage boys and put them in one person and you have Guy. He’s not all bad and can be good if he really needs to, but most of the time he behaves like a spoilt ten year old.

This doesn’t change until he finds the murdered boy. As the boy looks like him and he has reasons to believe somebody is after him, Guy thinks he was murdered by mistake and that the real murder victim was meant to be himself. This forces him to grow up, so that the Guy we see in the second half of the book is much more mature.

If you like criminal mysteries and can make it through the first part of this book, you’ll enjoy the rest.