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You may recognize the cover of this book from many years back. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon was a popular book when it came out in 2003. I never read it until recently when I found a copy was sitting on my book shelf.

Thanks, book phantom.

It’s easy to see why this book was a hit. It’s a quick murder-mystery told in the first person by a 15-year-old autistic savant who lives with his widowed dad in England.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone loves Sherlock Holmes and wants to be an astronaut. He knows every country in the world and its capital city. He also knows that the dog across the street is dead. He doesn’t know who stuck a pitchfork through the dog’s side, presumably killing him. Sounds like a case for a boy with a methodical mind. Despite his father’s request to leave it alone, Christopher decides to do some detecting. He likes dogs and feels unsafe knowing the murderer is on the loose in his neighborhood.

I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all of your time thinking about them.

Christopher writes about his case in a story, this book, because he only wants to write about things that are true. The investigation involves asking his neighbors questions that are completely logical coming from a boy with a methodical mind who doesn’t lie. For tangled plotting’s sake, those around him do lie and this results in a few cringe-and-laugh moments.

In trying to solve this mystery, he uncovers a major secret that’s bound to change his life forever. …

I read and loved A Spot of Bother a few years ago, but forgot what a wonderful writer Haddon is. Christopher doesn’t like unfamiliar people, but somehow he makes a hilariously epic journey to London on a train by himself. It’s funny, but it’s not an easy humor. If you’re reading late at night and drowsy you may miss a few hahas, so read in bed a your own risk.