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text 2018-11-25 22:02
24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 - Mawlid, Task 4 (Characters Who Made a Career Change)
A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael) - Ellis Peters
Poirot: The Complete Battles of Hastings, Vol. 1 - Agatha Christie
Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley
The Fabulous Clipjoint - Fredric Brown
Miss Silver Comes to Stay - Patricia Wentworth

1. Brother Cadfael: A career change can hardly get any more radical than going from crusading soldier to herbalist monk (with a sideline of detection).

 

2. Captain Arthur Hastings: From soldier in WWI to London detective (of sorts) to cattle rancher in "the Argentine".

 

3. Washington Black: From child slave on a sugarcane plantation to explorer to painter (supporting himself by working as a delivery boy) to scientist and scientific illustrator -- all in the space of barely 20 years.

 

4. Mr. Lawrence Todhunter: From philantropist and occasional literary columnist to murderer (which btw is not a spoiler -- it's the book's explicit premise).

 

5. Ed Hunter: From printer's apprentice / assistant to amateur detective to "carnie".

 

Special mention:

 

Miss Maud Silver: From governess to private investigator.

 

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text 2018-10-07 22:10
This happened today.
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley
Murder Among Friends - Elizabeth Ferrars
Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about - Sarah Vaughan
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry
Macbeth - Jo Nesbø
A Legacy of Spies - John le Carré

// TA decides to pack light because, after all, she's only leaving for a 2-day business trip.  Then agonizes a half hour over which one of several 100 books on physical TBR to take on the trip. //

 

// Leaving home, finds book in mailbox that was delivered yesterday but which for reasons unknown she didn't immediately retrieve.  Pulls book out of envelope, discards envelope, and stuffs book into travel case. //

 

TA gets to airport:  "Oh, look, there's the book store I knew all the time would be there!"

 

// Buys four more books just because. //

 

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text 2018-10-07 20:54
Reading progress update: I've read 69 out of 256 pages.
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley

 

Hmm.  The opening pages read unexpectedly timely.  Right now we seem to be sliding into typical Anthony Berkeley mode, which isn't necessarily a good sign.  But the premise and the introduction still hold the promise of more good things to come.

 

Reading this for the "Justice Game" square of the (inofficial) Detection Club Bingo.

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text 2018-04-21 02:38
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 269 pages.
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley

wickedly entertaining, like a good Hitchcock film, where someone thinks he can get away with something because he has the "perfect" plan. I think perfect plans enjoy going bad.

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text 2018-04-20 15:00
Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 269 pages.
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley

Mr. Todhunter--with only a few months to live--considers political assassination as the best way to benefit humanity before he dies. but first he has to visit Mr. A. W. Furze, to help get his thoughts clear on this matter...

 

interesting start. Berkeley's style--to which I've had limited exposure so far--is unique, and I could see it being repellent to some, but I like it. meanwhile...I guess in a way this is a form of old-school vigilante tale, but the vigilante will only be around long enough to claim one victim (presumably).

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