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Amazon: Anne Tyler is queen of whodunits

By Dave Rosenthal

4:03 PM EDT, July 30, 2012

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Sometimes the Amazon robots get a little wacky with their book recommendations for readers. The bots must get rusty from all of the rain out in Seattle.

Read Street reader Eileen O'Brien recently got some weird suggestions for mysteries and thrillers, when the bots listed several books by Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler. Among them: "Breathing Lessons" and "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant." Maybe the bots confused Tyler's "The Beginner's Goodbye" with Raymond Chandler's "The Long Goodbye," but I'm flummoxed about the others. I don't recall a serial killer among them.

Eileen wrote to Amazon: "I've suspected from time to time that nobody at amazon.com reads anything except Web traffic reports and sales charts.  This email is like a big bundle o' dry twigs for the fires of those suspicions." Well put. 

Here's a screen-grab from  a few of the Amazon recommendations:

Eileen O'Brien, we have recommendations for you

 
 

 

     
 

 

Eileen O'Brien,

Are you looking for something in our Mystery,

Thriller & Suspense books department?

If so, you might be interested in these items.

 

 

The Beginner's Goodbye
by Anne Tyler

List Price: $24.95
Price: $13.98
You Save: $10.97 (44%)

 
 
   
 
 

Noah's Compass: A Novel
by Anne Tyler

List Price: $15.00
Price: $10.20
You Save: $4.80 (32%)