Comments: 13
After. A decade later, in fact.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
Yech. There is just no need to re-heat No. 4.
Indeed there isn't. Once was once too many ... mostly, anyway.
Lillelara 6 months ago
Well, it can always get worse. Patricia Highmith has a no 27 or something like that in one of her novels ;)
BrokenTune 6 months ago
Really?
Lillelara 6 months ago
Yep, no 27. I just looked it up. I cannot believe that I remembered the correct number.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
Which one was that in?
Lillelara 6 months ago
Grey Mask, the first Mrs. Silver novel. Themis told me that this isn´t one of her best novels and I just read a couple of pages a while back, but the no 27 incident made me chuckle.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
Ah, you mean Wentworth, not Highsmith.
Oh yes, right -- No. 27.

And No. 7 in Christie's "The Secret Adversary" of course, and all the 'o clocks in "The Seven Dial Mystery". It was a downright trope, back in the day ...
Lillelara 6 months ago
*Sigh* Sorry, BT. Yes, Wentworth, of course. It´s about time that I`m getting some sleep.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
LoL. I thought I had missed something. It would not have surprised me...

@TA: I actually like that trope. It cracks me up. It just doesn't work in all plots. It certainly doesn't in this one.
It doesn't work in Wentworth's "Gray Mask", either. Or at least, it didn't for me. It might have if it had been the only trope employed there -- AND if it had been semi-tongue-in-cheek, the way Christie uses it in "Secret Adversary" and "Seven Dials". But used in all seriousness, as the trope underpinning the core plot point and amidst a plethora of other Golden Age mystery tropes ... that was just a bit too much.