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Mr. Fortune is suspected of murdering his wife. Grijpstra and de Gier begin a search that leads to the unidentified corpse of a man stuffed into the trunk of a stolen Mercedes. But where is the body of Mrs. Fortune? Tracking a killer without a corpse and a corpse without a killer, the Amsterdam cops finally arrive at the bonechilling truth....

Title : The Mind-Murders
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ISBN : 9781569470923
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Mind-Murders Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-01-02 18:39

    The first half of the story has been released as a stand alone story for celebrating the annual Dutch Book week, and was a present for those readers who spend an x-amount on books. And as such was my first time reading JW van de Wetering.This story starts with the policemen Karate (nickname because of certain skills) & Ketchup (he did not mind his suspects bloodied) having thrown a poor man into the canal because he was misbehaving. And it proved to be quite a job to recover the man from the canal with a growing crowd cheering on the mad civilian having a water fight with a policeman. It needs the Gier and a busload of reinforcements to calm down the crowd and retrieving the man from the canal. In the mean time Grijpstra hears the story concerning the unhappy swimmer which boils down to his wife leaving him and leaving him with an empty apartment. And nobody knows where the good lady went or how she went. It takes half a copper of the size of Grijpstra to smell something crooked. And guess what even the commissaris, who never works on Saturday or if you believe the newspaper works ever at all or is in possession of even a brain also according the same paper, thinks that Grijpstra has a point. So G & G start their rechercher, which is French for detecting. A murder without a body to begin with.And when the story ends de Gier is still not smoking because habits can be broken or so he claims and Grijpstra has a whole different theory, which started the story to begin with.In the second part of the book they find a dead body in a stolen Mercedes and Grijpstra is convinced that there is no murder involved and that it is all a cosmic accident And de Gier is pleased that Cardozo has the flue as a beautiful policewoman will take his place and help them detecting. Grijpstra now worries about his partner when it comes to this particular member of the female species.The dead German turns out to have died of an ulcer, which leaves the question how the man ended up in the trunk of a stolen car.Both stories belong together as the various characters do play their parts, there is crime, punishment & cigarettes in the end.

  • Joy
    2019-01-06 00:02

    Beelema's cafe is the place to meet colorful characters in the old section of Amsterdam. Police Adjutant Grijpstra and his aide Sergeant de Gier are looking for something to do over the weekend when they are attracted by a semi-riot. A man in the river is trying to hit a constable over the head with his crutch. By the time de Gier pulls him out of the river Grijpstra has learned that the seeming culprit bears the ironic name of Fortune, and there is a missing wife in the case. A fat German grumbles into the picture, disliking everything, especially the fact that a Columbian has died in the trunk of his car. Beelema, known in the neighborhood as "the second son of God," would rather straighten out everything himself, without police interference.The staple characters of this series are captivating. Each has his own quirks and problems, which are presented with such humorous understatement that I would spend a lot of time chortling if I weren't so busy watching what was going on. If there is such a thing as spiritual existentialism, van de Wetering has found it. He uses it to bring his people to life.

  • Jason Paulios
    2018-12-24 00:57

    Just wasn't into this one. A rare misstep from the series, the main 'crimes' just weren't interesting or big enough to carry an entire novel.

  • Bev
    2019-01-12 22:07

    So....I've gone from a mystery with a headless corpse (see previous review) to a book with a headless teddy bear. Named Brom.Yeah, I didn't believe it either. The Mind-Murders (1981) by Janwillem van de Wetering reads like it was written while the author was on an acid trip. It's got hippies, dancing policemen, a couple of cops named Ketchup & Karate (I tell you I'm not making this up), and is written with a dream-like quality that makes you think of the Sixties and sex, drugs & rock-n-roll. The only mind that seems to be murdered is that of the poor reader who valiantly tries to follow the story line to its logical (?) ending. I would quote passages that would prove my point, but I don't want to melt your brain as well. Please pardon me if I seem to mindlessly babble....The novel is actually two police cases in one. In the first, Adjutant-Detective Henk Grijpstra and Detective-Sergeant Rinus de Gier are drawn into what looks to be a murder without a corpse. It opens with Karate & Ketchup having flung an unruly man with a crutch into the canal in order to "calm him down." De Gier jumps in to help Karate rescue Frits Fortune before he drowns. Later, in the course of explaining the situation to their superiors, K & K happen to mention that Mrs. Fortune has disappeared--taking the entire contents of the house with her including Fortune's beloved poodle Babette. Grijpstra's stupendous detective abilities (of which I have seen no evidence to this point, but heavily implied by the author) immediately make him realize that Mrs. Fortune must be dead and her husband must have killed her and stashed the body somewhere. But where? Aha! says Gripstra. The road crews have been digging up the streets and filling in holes all over the place. Fortune must have dumped the body in one of the holes and the blind bulldozer operator didn't notice the very non-earthlike lump in the hole and just filled it right in so it could be covered with bricks. Obviously the thing to do is to plant a tail on Fortune and every time he twitches near a section of new road we'll have the road crew come back and dig it all up again. Anybody got a guess what we'll find? You got it--a big fat nothing. The police, you, and I will all be very surprised where Mrs. Fortune actually is....(Oh...and the headless bear? Supposedly, when Fortune was a wee tot he beheaded his teddy bear named Brom and buried him in the garden. Proof positive that he's a murderer.) what seems to be an intermission we have another lead-back to my previous read....a dwarf! Yes, indeed. Here's the reference (de Gier is explaining why something--can't tell you what, it would be a spoiler--didn't make him suspicious): I've seen worse in the city, perhaps my mind no longer registers abnormalities. All sorts of apparitions appear these days. There was a dwarf, for instance, dressed in a yellow cape. He rode a scooter, a monkey sat on the handlebars.There is much banter back and forth between Grijpstra, de Gier and the Commissaris (their otherwise unnamed superior) with the chief observing that his previous boss had claimed "that the police are by definition stupid, because intelligent men will not apply for boring work at low wages. He said that stupidity hardly matters in our profession, provided our brainlessness is compensated by zeal." (Now there's a testimonial for police work....) The Commissaris also tells some pretty pointless stories. [end intermission]Onward to weird-o case number two, which seems to be a little less psychedelic-feeling: This time round the case Grijpstra and de Gier become involved with what appears to be a corpse with no murder. And it's de Gier who insists they have a case rather than Grijpstra. An added bonus for their team is Astra a sexy, young policewoman who can seduce de Gier and take down a criminal all in the same night.Despite the pathology report which tells them that Jim Boronski, a man who was found dead, covered in blood, in the trunk of a car, died from natural causes--a bleeding ulcer, de Gier is convinced that there is a murderer somewhere. Their investigation leads them to a sloppy, rude German (who made a brief appearance in the first case) and the possibility of drug-running. But the only evidence of "foul-play" they can find in connection with Boronski is a series of harassing events--the man's car was switched, there was trouble with his laundry, and a missing watch--but as their Commissaris points out, "You can't arrest anybody for harassment." (At least not this kind of harassment in the Netherlands in 1981). They do get to make an arrest and there is a nice sense of symmetry with the first case and it all ends happily with the Commissaris saying: "Everything is all right....Security will be restored."I was just a teensy bit satisfied with the wrap-up of the second case. That pretty much sums up any good feelings I have about the book. The treatment of Asta (and other women) is VERY sexist--we get an opinion on Every. Single. Woman's. Breasts. Every single one. (All the women in Amsterdam apparently have perfect boobs. Or maybe the men whose point of view we're sharing aren't picky. Or they just love boobs and no matter what they look like, they're perfect.) At first I thought Asta was just along as eye-candy and to identify the entire outfit that one of the women concerned in the case was wearing--but she did get to kick some butt in a nice arrest scene. I'm still not sure whether that was thrown in just so de Gier could be duly impressed and lust after her a little more--after all what's better than perfect breasts? Perfect breasts in action.The rumor mill on Goodreads tells me that this may not be the most spectacular example of van de Wetering's detective novelist talents. That may be so. But then there are also those who gave the thing four and five stars. I'm not sure that I'm brave enough to try another one. ★ and one-star only.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Stefan Percy
    2019-01-02 22:56

    Well, I'll start off by stating that this was my least favourite book in the Grijpstra & de Gier series so far. I'm not sure what was going on in Janwillem van de Wetering's life at the time he wrote this, but it seems like there may have been some hallucinogens involved.The first part of this book is rather trippy. The second part is a little better but still unusual. Plus, the names of the characters in this book are unlike any in the other van de Wetering books I have read so far and they were odd, to say the least.The story was just OK, not great. Still entertaining, but lacked something. I am still planning on reading all of the books in the Grijpstra & de Gier series, so time to start tracking down The Streetbird.

  • Lynne-marie
    2018-12-21 19:02

    Not, in my opinion, up to the usual level of this author's high level of performance. What I refer to is the disconnected and rather lackadaisical proceeding of the book. I must say that de Gier and Grijpstra don't always follow the straightest path to apprehending a criminal, but in this case the book itself seems to lack coherence. There are great parts, especially in the setting up of the crime and the perceiving it AS a crime, but the low comedy get in the way a lot and we are certainly in no way ready for the dénouement. I was somewhat disappointed in this one.

  • Dave
    2018-12-31 20:58

    Van de Wetering wrote a number of police procedurals based in the Netherlands and they are all wonderful. The two main police characters exemplify police attitudes everywhere in the world, I guess, but are endearing and fascinating. Also, you learn alot about Amsterdam neighborhoods and the hinterlands too. Some of his books are set in other countries, like Japan and the US (Maine) with the same main characters. They are all super.

  • Karmen
    2018-12-25 18:45

    Beelema's cafe is the place to meet colorful characters in the old section of Amsterdam. Police Adjutant Grijpstra and his aide Sergeant de Gier are looking for something to do over the weekend when they are attracted by a semi-riot. A man in the river is trying to hit a constable over the head with his crutch.The two part story unfolds and presents wonderfully eccentric characters. The Fortunes; Titania; Zhaver ; Ásta, Karate and Ketchup and their boss. Of course then there is Beleema.

  • Yooperprof
    2018-12-19 18:53

    I was rather disappointed with this entry in the series. (I've read eleven, so I have a fairly good sense of what van de Wetering is capable of.) The writing was generally opaque, and occasionally it was quite difficult to figure out what actually was going on. The policemen don't have a whole lot to do, and the general tone is more negative than it usually is.

  • R.
    2018-12-27 01:43

    The previous Grijpstra and de Gier novels were excellent. However, this one was WAY too dreamlike for my liking. I'm aware that van de Wetering purposely used massive confusion as part of his style in Mind-Murders, but either he was unsuccessful, or I just didn't appreciate the effort. Won't stop me from reading the rest of the series though.

  • Larry
    2018-12-21 23:56

    Great scene early on with the Chief inspector telling a story, but overall, I'd agree with other reviews that this entry in the series is more disjointed than the others, and at times more a farce than a mystery.

  • Amy
    2019-01-17 19:00

    I've read all the van de Wetering mysteries we could get our hands on, but in the pre-BookCrossing/Goodreads days. Really want to re-read, but need to get some jenever and herring in the house, first.

  • Tim
    2018-12-23 01:40

    The fourth of Wetering's Amsterdam cops books that I have read and this one is a comedy. While the characters remain the same, the feel here is lighter and even farcical at times. Still a delight to read though and clever enough as a mystery.

  • Christy Van Dam
    2018-12-22 19:53

    Weird...not sure I like this author...I bought another one of his(?) books at the thrift store so I'll read that and see...

  • Phil
    2018-12-18 23:43

    Not my fav, but those AMS cops can sure swing a wild tale.