read a little further...though now I'm quits until the morrow.
Corinna has turned out to be a deep, sensitive, complex person. and, our narrator and snoop at the pottery works (hired to find the one guilty of stealing pottery designs and selling them to competitors--though now there's a corpse, too), Nicholson, is also all those things. now that they know each other's secrets, where do they go from here? and...are there any more secrets?
well, now I can say with some authority "if you want a unique whodunit, pick one set in a pottery works!". of course, I'm far from done yet, and I hope I don't have to retract enthusiasm, later on (the last thing I read started really strong, but lost me in the last half; I have a better feeling about this one...).
some kind of Spy book next--maybe Nonfiction--and then I better get back to that Shadowdance Fantasy series. but let's not rush things--I'm loving the pottery mayhem.
just barely got rolling with this book this morning, but I shall resume the macabre festivities tonight. first section--called 'What Happened'--gave us a body at a pottery factory that's been around since 1788 (factory that old, not the body). then, suddenly, next section, called 'What Happened Before' has taken me back in time just a bit--but this is an intriguing structure for a whodunit: body shows up right away, and instead of going forward, we jump back some days. later comes section 'What Happened After'.
this novel is from 1961, and it seems to be shining the spotlight on the pottery industry just as it was withdrawing from the horrid use of coal, which, as one character put it, clears up the sky of what had been up until then a dreary sky turned black, in a whole town dedicated to pottery factories, by all the beastly fumes from countless chimneys. thank goodness that's gone (well, reduced). the history lessons, and the quick tour of the factory beset by murder, has got me up to speed on some pottery basics; hope the Mystery will be as fiery--not half-baked.