Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
6 months ago
Yes, that's what I'm beginning to find re: Crofts, Bude and their ilk as well ... I actually had fun (up to a point) with Dorothy L. Sayers's forays into time table and secret code territory in "The Five Red Herrings" and "The Nine Tailors", but in both of these cases, those forays were built into altogether ingenious mysteries ... whereas busting time table alibis Crofts and Bude style is plainly that, period, and once the alibi is laboriously busted there's nothing more to it. Like you, I'm not done with either Crofts or Bude just yet, but I doubt either will ever make the ranks of my absolutely favorite Golden Age writers.
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