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text 2020-03-20 14:22
Reading progress update: I've read 185 out of 239 pages.
A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey,Robert Barnard

Jammy, now, becomes the focus as a sort of amateur sleuth, forming theories and eyeing suspects - but of course he's a reporter so it's already second nature. he attends one of Lydia's shows...and it gets a bit strange, as far as Marta's fixation goes. then Lydia herself makes it all so much weirder...

 

into the home stretch, at this point. has been hypnotic all the way through; I am aware that it is not in the strictest sense a traditional "fair play/collect the clues/solve it before the sleuth!" format here - and I don't mind. it's been gripping chapter to chapter, and I don't expect the finale to be any different.

 

Maigret next!

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text 2020-03-20 04:22
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 239 pages.
A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey,Robert Barnard

well, that’s it for tonight. I have no idea who the killer is, or when we can expect to see Tisdall again...

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text 2020-03-20 01:49
Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 239 pages.
A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey,Robert Barnard

Erica has decided to become very involved in things. I did have a laugh out loud when - taking it upon herself to acquire a key piece of physical evidence - she ended up having to spin out a yarn to a few people that involved her claiming to be in love with her father’s chauffeur. but she sure knows how to lie like a trooper on impulse, when it serves.

 

this has really turned out to be a dynamite read; I’m quite happy. I have to say, it was kind of reminding me of one of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct novels, probably from the early 1960s - a book like Like Love, or Ten Plus One, maybe even Lady, Lady, I Did It! it’s partly the Police Procedural thing, complete with Grant’s mistakes or errors in judgement reminding me of Steve Carella or Bert Kling, when they screw up. but also just generally the style, the tight rein on the plot so we’re not going to have a padded page count and yet there’s still the feel that the author is not rushing, stopping to have fun. I dunno - just a distant British relative to some Ed MacBain novels (where it’s also not a trad whodunit all the time). of course, that similarity went away a bit, as Erica, a civilian, has started snooping, and quite successfully. now it’s like Give The Boys A Great Big Hand with a sudden dose of Strong Poison!

 

BrokenTune’s big favourite is a great pick, and I also see why it’s on my “Winks’ Favourites” Reading List.

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text 2020-03-20 00:20
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 239 pages.
A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey,Robert Barnard

Grant - with Jammy (human camel-fly?) suddenly tagging along - visits Christine Clay’s friend Marta, but Marta is not alone. suddenly, a bunch of suspects...who get busy naming other suspects. hmmm.

 

very enjoyable book, so far. quite different than Miss Pym Disposes, which I expected - and even a bit different than the other Alan Grant Mystery I read, The Daughter of Time, because, well, let’s just say Grant, in that one, deals with a ‘cold case’. cold cold case.

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text 2020-03-19 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 239 pages.
A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey,Robert Barnard

that's the Robert Barnard Intro and the first three chapters done.

 

a body on a beach, and trouble determining who she is. her car stolen by a friend who thought that would be a lark..but by the time he gets back to the beach, he's swarmed with cops and questioners, finds his friend dead, and does a proper collapse.

 

it comes to light that he has two different last names, not clear why. weirder, he doesn't even know the dead woman's name, though he was staying with her.

 

by chapter three, much of this has been cleared up - it makes more sense now - but still...what happened?

 

off to a good start. the "dead girl on the beach" discovery put me in mind of the movie Hustle, which I might watch tonight as part of my ongoing 1970s Movie Marathon. I expect the two plots will not stay similar...though both victims did movies. probably different kinds of movies, though...

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