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Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide: THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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A delightful mix of witty wordplay, breathtaking twists and genuine intrigue, Murder Your Employer will gain you admission into a wholly original world, cocooned within the most entertaining book about well-intentioned would-be murderers you'll ever read. And I thought to myself, 'Well, Shepherd Mead wrote “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which was a novelty book and it became a musical.

They do however require all students to be able to answer the following 4 questions, 1: Is this murder necessary? So where, from Cliff's and the dean's perspective we see Dulcie and Gemma as side characters for a big part of the story, all of a sudden they're also main characters? This moral caveat is in odd contrast with the attitude on casual killing the students have to cope with in the Academy.

I came to really care for the characters and was rooting for their success in their deletions as their employers were truly awful people. There was also plenty of Schadenfreude to go around while never losing sight of what really matters in life (I never agreed with the notion that once you become a killer you're not better than any other murderer - there IS nuance and some just deserve getting killed but would never have to face any justice). Who hasn't wondered for a split second what the world would be like the object of your affliction ceased to exist?

I LOVED the wit with which this book was written - from deep historical knowledge to clever word plays to the delight I felt whenever an asshole got what he/she deserved . The hardback edition has beautiful foil stamping on the cover and end papers with a lovely map of the McMasters campus. It just follows Gemma and Dulcie and Cliff on their separate murder planning from their own perspectives, no diaries involved. The author has set himself rules to guide this and future McMasters volumes: Rather than a classic whodunit, where the murder occurs early and then is unspooled, here each thesis is developed and then carried out.I read the book while listening to the audio version as well, and I suspect that it further increased my enjoyment. I read that the people who designed the stuff, they took a thousand model airplane kits and just glued tons and tons, thousands of little details onto the hull so that as you go in and in you keep seeing more detail and more detail and you thought, 'Well, this must be real. The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts is a clandestine college set in a secret location which teaches the fine art of how to successfully murder (or delete as the novel has it) someone who has treated you badly. With humor, intrigue and surprises, this book will keep you guessing, yet desperately hoping to find out if each student can pull off their thesis and graduate from the McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, which is literally a life or death proposition.

At times hilarious, at times a thrilling page-turner and at times deliberately confusing, it is always entertaining and thought-provoking. When Cliff Iverson finds himself wanting to kill his employer, he tries to execute what he feels is the perfect plan. Strong narrative flow helps push the story along, though there are times it lags and kept me waving my hand in the air in hopes of spurring things along. However, I do feel that the pace does slow down considerably in parts owing to excessive detail (mostly in the first half of the novel) which also renders the narrative a tad too lengthy. Don't get me wrong, there are despicable people in this book too, but only to act as a foil for our main characters.

Today Mandie is taking time to review the book that every boss hope’s you’ll never read 😉 Just kidding. The end of the book adds another minor twist that at the same time nearly re-frames the whole thing. Cliff undertakes many of the courses needed to better understand the art of murder and how to effectively target those who deserve to be extinguished. There are one or two surprises along the way that you may not expect but it’s a book that has you rooting for the killer for a change.

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