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text 2017-10-07 00:18
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 410 pages.
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

I've read the first four stories in this anthology:

 

The Case of Lady Sannox by Arthur Conan Doyle: this is a rather dark, non-Sherlock story about Douglas Stone, a noteworthy surgeon, and his married inamorata Lady Sannox. The conclusion is unforgettable and downright horrifying. 

 

A Mystery of the Underground by John Oxenham: there was a lot to like about this "impossible crime" style story told through newspaper clippings. Someone is killing passengers on the underground as they sit alone in their carriages, and no one knows how. Unfortunately, the identification of the murderer came literally out of nowhere, so it was ultimately a disappointment.

 

The Finchley Puzzle by Richard Marsh: this story centered around Judith Lee, an amateur sleuth and recurring character who assists the police with her lip reading skills. It starts with an attempt on her life through a chocolate that has been fashioned into a bomb and gains steam with even more creative efforts to dispatch her into the world beyond. It was entertaining enough to motivate me to look read more by Marsh. So far, I've come up with The Complete Adventures of Judith Lee - Richard Marsh.

 

The Magic Casket by R. Austin Freeman: So far, this is the one I enjoyed the most. The hero of the tale is Dr. Thorndyke, and his sidekick is Christopher Jervis. It has a very Victorian Holmes/Watson vibe and evokes the London setting well. 

 

‘London is an inexhaustible place,’ he mused. ‘Its variety is infinite. A minute ago we walked in a glare of light, jostled by a multitude. And now look at this little street. It is as dim as a tunnel, and we have got it absolutely to ourselves. Anything might happen in a place like this.’

 

I'll update with information about the additional stories as I finish them!

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text 2017-10-06 20:12
Friday Book Haul

 

The books I'm going to read on a more immediate basis are the Capital Crimes anthology & The Tiger in the Smoke, to round out my survey of Chapter 8. In addition, Obsidian Blue & I were discussing reading The Secret Woman over the weekend, so that's ready to go!

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review 2017-10-02 18:11
Murder in the Museum by John Rowland
Murder in the Museum (British Library Crime Classics) - John Rowland

A professor of Elizabethan literature dies in the reading room at the British Museum. 

 

The second book in my mini-exploration of classic crime fiction set in London, I'm pleased to report that I enjoyed this one significantly more than Murder in Piccadilly. While the cover isn't as aesthetically pleasing, everything else was better! 

 

This was a fast-paced mystery, sprinkled with red herrings directing attention to various characters. The good Inspector, Inspector Shelley, is helped along in the investigation by the mild-manner Mr. Fairhurst, who witnessed the death of Professor Arnell, and who ends up acting as a bit of a fairy god(father) to Arnell's daughter, Violet who is engaged to the prime suspect in her father's murder.

 

An enjoyable golden age read!

 

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text 2017-10-01 17:13
Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
Murder in the Museum (British Library Crime Classics) - John Rowland

I started this one last night, once I decided to go ahead with a few more books set in London. It is a very quick read, and I am enjoying it a lot. There are a lot of characters, and Rowland has set up one of the characters, probably with some red herrings. If he sustains my enjoyment through to the end, this is shaping up to be a 3 to 4 star read for me!

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text 2017-10-01 17:03
A mini-project: Capital Crimes
Murder in the Museum (British Library Crime Classics) - John Rowland
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Lord Edgware Dies - Agatha Christie
The Tiger in the Smoke - Margery Allingham

I decided to do a little mini-exploration of vintage mysteries set in London, to go along with my read of Murder in Piccadilly! I snagged this one, & also bought the "Capital Crimes" BLCC anthology edited by Martin Edwards.

 

I already own Lord Edgware Dies, which takes place in London, so I'm going to give that one a reread as well, and possibly Margery Allingham's The Tiger in the Smoke, also mentioned by Edwards in the chapter on murders set in London, to round out the group.

 

In the middle of this, I'll also still be joining in the buddy read for Murder of a Lady late this week! Can't wait!

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