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text 2018-12-08 20:30
Reading progress update: I've read 239 out of 239 pages.
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery - Leonard R. Gribble,Martin Edwards

just to be clear on a few things:

 

the football game is just the opening chapter or two...so we can have a murder in front of 70,000 spectators. further, we have the novelty of the actual 1939 Arsenal squad featured as characters, but that would have been more exciting for readers way back when, and now it’s more like a gimmick that ultimately has very little to do with the whodunit. the Arsenal folks are there to help sell the book, but it’s the purely fictional characters - many tied to the fictional amateur football team called the Trojans - who are suspects. I mean, yes, it would have been cool if a real-life Arsenal player had allowed them to turn him into a murderer in a novel...but no, they and their (now previous) Stadium are there to create a celeb factor, at best showing up now and then later on, while the Mystery content moves well beyond the game at the beginning: jilted lovers, a four-year-old tragedy, money maybe as a motive, better murder through chemistry done at an out of the way lab, revenge plans festering (?), a trail scattered around London. occasionally we end up back at the a the stadium, but really, this is a serpentine, clever Mystery with a soccer game at the front end of it. we’re not trapped in some athletes’ locker room for the whole book, hoping for a little whodunit with our soccer, believe me!

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text 2018-12-08 00:54
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 239 pages.
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery - Leonard R. Gribble,Martin Edwards

yes, those reviews I perused on the internet are correct-a-mundo...you don’t need to be any kind of football fan to enjoy this “fair play” Mystery. and, as most reviewers - not all, but most - I encountered exclaimed: it is a highly entertaining novel. if you’re wondering, there some key female characters. Slade, the author’s series detective, has made a positive impression so far. I am very happy with this one!

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text 2018-12-07 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 239 pages.
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery - Leonard R. Gribble,Martin Edwards

this looks sportier than Sporty Spice! and slightly more Mysterious. slightly.

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text 2018-12-07 02:10
Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

still loving it, but getting tired and saving the rest for tomorrow.

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text 2018-12-07 01:31
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

it moves fast and it’s quite funny. so I’m happy.

 

a woman tosses a phonograph record out her hotel room window just before she is murdered. the record sails across to an adjacent room’s window where, of course, con men and occasional detectives Johnny Fletcher and Sam Cragg are staying. they were about to be tossed out - as was the murder victim back over in the other room- as it seems the hotel is great at letting people stay for weeks who can’t actually pay. anyway, think of the detective duo as a sort of Abbott & Costello pairing - maybe not quite as funny, but still pretty funny - and a few suspects later, some at the hotel and some working at a record company, we have a winner here, so far.

 

turns out Frank Gruber is just another one of those Mystery writers - American, this time - who was, once upon a time, a big deal, very popular, even a Hollywood screenwriter too, but now forgotten. and in Gruber’s case, not reprinted much, lately. but my old, yellowed copy of this Mystery, from a series lots of people used to enjoy ages ago but now no one knows about, is turning out to be a terrifically entertaining investment. and, I’ve gotten far enough to know what the whispering on the record - a master recording of a newly-cut tune by superstar singer Con Carson (he’s dead before the book starts with the poor woman’s murder - his new recording not released yet) - sounds like. I’m guessing that whispering means murder. murders?

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