Review: The Mystery of the Invisible Hand

Author Marshall Jevons/ Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 334 Pages

Cover Invisible HandI completely adored this novel.  I will advise that its appeal may not be universal.  You see, there are two things about the story that are quite different from your usual cozy.  First, this protagonist doesn’t go around poking their nose into things trying to solve the case.  Henry Spearman is a visiting Nobel Prize winning professor at a college.  He is brought in to teach a special class on art and economics at a small university.  He never even met the victim.  Instead, people come to him for various reasons and share information and request his help.

The police involved respect his observations.  He has a track record of using his knowledge of economics to evaluate the world around him and sometimes catches killers with this talent. He goes about his job and we are privy to the college experience.

Secondly, we get to hear his class sessions and public speeches.  I felt like I was in college again.  Cerebral.  You don’t have to have a PhD to enjoy these passages, but a passing interest in art or economics would help you to appreciate them.  What is the difference between the Coase Theorem and the Coase Conjecture?  Can a durable good be monopolized? There are also references to great literature.

The pace is even and the vocabulary high. I have to say I savored every word.

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