Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: All I Needed to Know I Learned from Columbo

All I Needed to Know I Learned from Columbo
By: Adam Graham

Genre: Mystery, Self-Help
Publication date: 1.20.2014
Pages: 70
Amazon link: All I Needed to Know I Learned from Columbo 

Date read: 2.20.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: Detective stories are fun and interesting, but as Adam Graham writes, they also have a lot to teach us about life..

Join podcaster Adam Graham on this fun journey through the annals of detective fiction as he examines the history and career of seven of the greatest detectives from literature, radio, and television. Along the way, he stops to point to the sometime surprising insights that these detectives teach such as:

-How to avoid cluttering your brain from Sherlock Holmes.
-How to form valuable opinions from Nero Wolfe.
-The importance of character from Dan Holiday.
-The proper use of anger from Columbo
-How to find courage from Adrian Monk

These detectives provide twelve timeless life lessons in a fresh and entertaining way. All I Needed to Know I Learned From Columbo is a must-read for any fan of detective fiction. 

Ok, so I'm sure I've said over and over again (enough to irritate anyone who listens) that I am a HUGE fan of Mystery.  I've seen every Columbo episode/movie there is.  Same with Murder, She Wrote.  I love Sherlock Holmes ANYTHING.  I am 20 episodes away from finishing the entire series of the original Hawaii Five-O.  Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favorite actors - so, yes, I not only know who Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are, but I love them love them love them.  Midsomer Murder - amazing show!!  I've been told that certain aspects of my personality are very, um, Adrian Monk.  Nero Wolfe - great mix of culinary and mystery.  I could go on, but then I would forget why I'm here in the first place...

My point of all that is - that's what made me pick up the book.  Adam, you had me at "Columbo." 

This is an awesome self-help book.  I love that he explains who the different investigators (for lack of a better word) are for those who have no clue - and the things that he learned from each one of these guys makes so much sense.  Then, when we get to the end, the "conclusion," he sums it all up beautifully.

A fun little book that you can learn a lot from.  

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