Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


‘The Detection Club: Part 1’ (review)

Written by Jean Harambat
Art by Jean Harambat
Published by Europe Comics


The Detection Club is a translated European graphic novel written and illustrated by Jean Harambat.

The story, set in the 1930s, has its origins in real world characters as a collection of successful mystery authors convene to install a new member. The motley crew includes, amongst others, the aged Baroness Orczy, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Dickson Carr, G.K. Chesterton, and Agatha Christie.

Similar to the classic Neil Simon comedy Murder by Death, they are all invited to the home of an eccentric millionaire who is then murdered and the club members all trip over themselves attempting to solve the murder in their own unique styles.

Thrown into the mix is Eric, a real-life human-like British robot from the 1920s who at one point actually confesses to having committed the deed, then disappears from the mansion.

The deceptively simplistic illustrations have a bit of a 1970s children’s book feel to me. Not my favorite art style but it’s consistent and used well to lead the story along.

The fun here is in the dialogue as the author shows his obvious familiarity with the history and styles of the various authors involved and treats them all accordingly.

The portly Chesterton and the somewhat off-putting Christie are essentially the main characters as they team up to snoop around, complete with well-translated witty banter.

What keeps me from giving this book a recommendation, though, is the fact that it’s continued. I’m sorry. That’s like reading a mystery novel up to the point where the detective says, “And the killer is…” and then the lights go out…and stay out. The End.

Since the book is presented as a mystery novel, and obviously aimed at fans of traditional mysteries, it should play fair and be done in one. What’s here is enjoyable but it’s not enough.


Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


Forces of Geek is protected from liability under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and “Safe Harbor” provisions.

All posts are submitted by volunteer contributors who have agreed to our Code of Conduct.

FOG! will disable users who knowingly commit plagiarism, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement.

Please contact us for expeditious removal of copyrighted/trademarked content.


In many cases free copies of media and merchandise were provided in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions shared on Forces of Geek are those of the individual author.

You May Also Like


Written and Illustrated by Andrew Kranke Published by Image Comics   I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book....


Written and Illustrated by Kyle Starks Colors by Chris Schweitzer Published by Image Comics   Writer and artist Kyle Starks really is a wonder...


Written by Chris Condon Art by Jacob Phillips Published by Image Comics   In the vast realm of comic book history, few narratives captivate...


Written by Dan Abnett  Art by I.N.J. Culbard Published by BOOM! Studios   BOOM! Studios’ Wild’s End, created by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard,...