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text 2018-08-16 14:57
Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

very, very impressed with 'The Mystery of the Green Room' by Pierre Very - probably among the cleverest, and one of the most entertaining, stories of the lot - but I will flag it as giving away much of the contents and trickery of The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux; it functions as a sort of tribute to that more famous Locked Room puzzle. in a way, I'm glad I hadn't read the Leroux masterpiece already, because anyone who has probably has a better chance of sussing out the finale of 'The Mystery of the Green Room'. and, I must say, I'm now kind of interested in seeking out Yellow Room, because it is obviously going to be a delight...if a good read slightly Spoiled...

 

only two tales left for me in this collection - because after 'Green Room', I knocked off 'Kippers' by John Flanders; it was a smart move to follow the Pierre Very story, with its emphasis on a puzzle, with 'Kippers' which was enjoyable in a completely different, and fairly nasty, way.

 

next is a story called 'The Lipstick and the Teacup', by a Dutch writer who apparently was a pioneer of Dutch Crime-writing: Havank. I made a point of reading two modern Dutch Crime writers recently - Saskia Noort and Esther Verhoef - both of which I enjoyed, though I'm still seeking a Dutch Crime writer who gets a full 4 or 5 stars for her/his effort (I have faith, based on experience so far).

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text 2018-08-15 14:32
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

ooo-shiver-shiver...'The Cold Night's Clearing', by Keikichi  Osaka was a dark, disturbing - even heartbreaking - little tale.

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text 2018-08-12 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 179 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

that was shivery, spine-tingly goodness!: two spider-themed short ditties in a row. and the second one - ‘The Venom of the Tarantula’ - is, I would hazard, my favorite tale in the collection up to this point.

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text 2018-08-09 15:02
Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 252 pages.
Foreign Bodies - Various Authors,Martin Edwards

the story I just finished, 'The Stage Box Murder' was just too darn easy to figure out. the next one, from Japan and by Koga Saburo, is supposed to provide a good puzzle, so let's hope that's what's on offer (I'm flashing pleasantly back to Tokyo Zodiac Murders...). anyway, it's called 'The Spider' (and hey, look, the one after that is called 'The Venom of the Tarantula', by someone named Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay!).

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