A dilapidated carnival, a mummy with a golden filling, and a book with a missing chapter are a few of the elements of Jedediah Berry’s mind-bending mystery, The Manual of Detection. Mild-mannered Charles Unwin is a clerk at a vast detective agency in a rainy, unnamed city. When he is suddenly promoted to detective he’s sure it must be a mistake. But when the agency’s most successful detective goes missing, his supervisor is found dead, and a notorious villain returns to town, Unwin finds himself thrust into a web of mystery that only he can untangle. With help from a sleepy assistant and a forgetful museum employee, Unwin must save the city from a master mimic and his evil schemes involving stolen alarm clocks and a nightclub called the Cat & Tonic. Yet every time one mystery is solved, another comes to light. How many times did Colonel Baker really die? Why does the janitor go around mopping with an empty pail? And who is the woman in the plaid coat waiting to meet at the train station? A clever and funny noir mystery, The Manual of Detection will keep you guessing until the very last page.