Picks and Pans Review: Mystery

updated 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

The no-frills products in many supermarkets these days are cheaper because there are no brand labels and packaging is minimum. Now a publisher has produced a series of cliché-jammed paperbacks with no titillating titles and no sexy cover pictures. This one says simply: "MYSTERY...complete with everything: detective, telephone, mysterious woman, corpses, money, rain." (Western, Science Fiction and Romance are available too, with often hilarious plots.) No author is credited. Inside, the blurb continues: "No-frills books bring the latest in economy and convenience to today's readers. Why pay more? Why shop around? After you've read one, you won't mind the others." Mystery has only 58 pages. It's a good joke, but not a cheap one. (Jove, $1.50)

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