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Murder in Tarsis: Classics Series [Mass Market Paperback]

John Maddox Roberts
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Oct. 1 1999 Classics Series
Who killed Ambassador Bloodarrow?

When the lord of Tarsis finds himself with a politically volatile murder on his hands, he turns to the three most expendable inhabitants of the city for a solution. A mercenary, a poet-assassin, and a thief might not be everyone's first choice for detectives. But they find they're quite good at bringing murderers to justice.

Perhaps a little too good...


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but not Great either! June 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
Slightly better than both Murder in Cormyr and Murder in Halruaa, but still a bit of a disappointment! Well written, but not the kind of book that you'll have trouble putting down. The plot and setting are ok, but that's it, mediocre; nothing more, nothing less. It is very unfortunate that the Murder Series came to an end before the writing of Murder in Ravens Bluff and WotC should reconsider their decision now that years have gone by and maybe resurrect the project, but considering the poor work included in these books I can at least understand why they did so back then. In conclusion, the heroes are average, the villains are very weak, the plot is ok and the writing is good. My advice, read it only after you're done reading most of the other Dragonlance books such as in authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies, and you are still in need of more Krynn related material; at least you'll get a slight hint/taste of Ansalon.
PS What was the point of including Badar in the book? The character's contribution to the plot is nil.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty painful reading April 8 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I tried my hardest to ignore the bad reviews here on this book...but it was pretty bad. I felt like I was reading a scooby doo book. Especially towards the end when they almost literally pull a mask off of someone. I guess I suggest this to dragonlance lovers of course. and I suggest this to mystery book lovers. But if your looking for action or strong character development, its not here. Also while i can usually look past dragonlance flaws, its really hard to accept, not just one baby dragon who may have woken up on accident from its stasis, its very hard to accept that its mother would come searching for it. This makes me think that Mr. Roberts hasnt, in fact, done much research on the dragonlance world, which is disappointing.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but the ending dissapoints. June 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roberts has created some vibrant characters in this mystery about three misfit's given the responsiblity to solve a murder in the midst of a near-siege of Tarsis. The personal history surrounding Ironwood, the mercenary, and Stunbog, the former mage, is especially rich. The book leaves the reader guessing at the identity of the murderer all the way to the very end of the novel. And this is where I felt the book failed. A good mystery novel should present all the clues and motives needed to solve the crime before it reaches the last few pages. 'Murder in Halruha' and 'Murder in Cormyr' serve as very good examples of this. But 'Murder in Tarsis' dissapoints, because it presents key clues and most importantly the murderer's motive at the very end of the novel. The reader never has a chance to deduce who the killer is or why he/she did it. That's why someone will read mystery novels versus other type of novels after all. Because they want to test their powers of deduction. This book never gives the reader the oppurtunity to do so. An even better mystery novel will redirect or mislead the reader subtlely to suspect other characters of being the culprit. But without any real clues, save at the ending of the novel, the reader doesn't even know who to suspect in this story. The ending also lacked the excitement many have come to associate with suspense stories. Roberts has a good writing style and he knows how to create interesting characters, but his ability to create mystery novels is sorely lacking. If you are looking for a good fantasy mystery novel I highly suggest either 'Murder in Halruha' or 'Murder in Cormyr". Better yet, read them both.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but not Great either! June 15 2004
By L Gontzes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Slightly better than both Murder in Cormyr and Murder in Halruaa, but still a bit of a disappointment! Well written, but not the kind of book that you'll have trouble putting down. The plot and setting are ok, but that's it, mediocre; nothing more, nothing less. It is very unfortunate that the Murder Series came to an end before the writing of Murder in Ravens Bluff and WotC should reconsider their decision now that years have gone by and maybe resurrect the project, but considering the poor work included in these books I can at least understand why they did so back then. In conclusion, the heroes are average, the villains are very weak, the plot is ok and the writing is good. My advice, read it only after you're done reading most of the other Dragonlance books such as in authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies, and you are still in need of more Krynn related material; at least you'll get a slight hint/taste of Ansalon.
PS What was the point of including Badar in the book? The character's contribution to the plot is nil.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but definetly not great. Nov. 28 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was good, but as I said, not great. The ending was just too abrupt. It was as if a god just came down and whispered the answers in their ears, and *POOF*, so-and-so killed so-and-so because of such-and-such. The rest of the book was quite good, though.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty painful reading April 8 2001
By SpartanFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I tried my hardest to ignore the bad reviews here on this book...but it was pretty bad. I felt like I was reading a scooby doo book. Especially towards the end when they almost literally pull a mask off of someone. I guess I suggest this to dragonlance lovers of course. and I suggest this to mystery book lovers. But if your looking for action or strong character development, its not here. Also while i can usually look past dragonlance flaws, its really hard to accept, not just one baby dragon who may have woken up on accident from its stasis, its very hard to accept that its mother would come searching for it. This makes me think that Mr. Roberts hasnt, in fact, done much research on the dragonlance world, which is disappointing.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but not accurate relative to history of Krynn Oct. 19 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book was enjoyable to read and the caracters were interesting, but one thing is dead wrong with this Dragonlance novel: it happens between the Cataclysm and the War of the Lance, a time at which there no dragons (they were gone since a thousand years and more, see Legend of Huma), yet Roberts has put a black dragon right in the middle of his book. The dragon appears and nobody knows that they are supposed to be children's tales, not real beasts, nobody is affraid, nobody find this unusual at all!
So much for history...
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