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text 2017-10-21 00:49
Reading progress update: I've read 242 out of 278 pages.
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

ohmygosh that was brilliant, and probably one of the most wickedly funny little tales I have read in a long time. I'm talking about the Helen Simpson story included in this collection, called 'A Posteriori'. I mean, I guess I have to count that as an "Espionage story", and as a fan of all fictions Espionage, I can say I've read Espionage stories and Espionage stories..but I ain't never read an Espionage story quite like that before. there's Atomic Blonde, and then way down at the other end of the spectrum, we have 'A Posteriori'. I must get hold of one of Ms. Simpson's novels, but has she written anything as crazy-amusing as what I just read. it'll take me a few days to stop seeing images in my head from this one!

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text 2017-10-19 02:33
Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 278 pages.
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

I just read two very entertaining stories, that were clever little whodunits considering the extra-thin page-counts on both: 'Razor Edge' by Anthony Berkeley, and 'Holiday Task' by Leo Bruce. shall have to seek out novels by the two of them...though Berkeley I have already read in a longer form and under the name Francis Iles. Helen Simpson next, and I hope her tale can compete with the double-dazzle effect I just had tonight!

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text 2017-10-16 23:20
Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 278 pages.
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

so I met Reggie Fortune--H. C. Bailey's crime-solving creation--and it was grand. well, close to grand. any time I work my way through a short story collection, I yet again learn how much I prefer novels. but nothing specifically against 'The Hazel Ice' by Bailey which was quite clever, and ever since I Martin Edwards alerted me to the fact that there are a fair amount of old stories and novels in the Crime & Mystery genre that exploit a mountain-climbing motif--and with Sinister Crag needing a reprint cuz I don't wanna spend that kind of crazy cash until we get that new edition--I've been hoping for Crime at high altitude, and the Bailey yarn was a welcome bit of mayhem in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. hit the spot. sorry for the guy who hit near the bottom of a mountain, but, for me, hit the spot. one of the longer stories in this collection, too; I think many of my very favorite short stories come in around 40 pages ('The Autopsy', by Michael Shea, anyone?--sorry, just stopping to peddle my favorite Horror story of the short variety, before Halloween...).

 

of course, now I see that there are six out of fourteen tales left in this book for me to read...with not many pages left to get them done. well, I guess I'll have to hope for some dynamite 10-pagers. but I am hard to please, when it's that quick. the next one, by Anthony Berkeley, has apparently been very hard to find, as--I think--are several of the ones left for the back pages. that's cool! I like that.

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review 2017-10-16 18:11
Cute little Fairy Tale!!!!
Snow & Rose - Emily Winfield Martin Snow & Rose - Emily Winfield Martin

Having never reading this fairy tale before I thought it was a nice little treat. I thought the two girls Snow and Rose were pretty adventurous and they had a lot of spunk. I really liked their friendship with Ivo a lot. Ivo was a pretty interesting character as well. I really enjoyed this book but I figured out things quickly, so I had to give it three stars. I did love that it ended the way it did, and I liked the characters, so that's why it got a three star and not a 2 1/2 stars or even 2. 

It also makes me want to read the real version of this fairy tale, to see how different this one was from that one. 

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text 2017-10-15 23:22
Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 278 pages.
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards

today, I read two stories contained in this book: 'The Vanishing of Mrs Fraser' by Basil Thomson, and 'A Mystery of the Sand-Hills' by R. Austin Freeman. the latter tale was better, in my opinion; I found the Thomson story a bit contrived and far-fetched. I think the conspirators in that story enacted a scheme that anyone could look at and say "this is full of holes, this is not going to work". the second story starred Freeman's sleuth, Dr. Thorndyke, who was, in his heyday, comparable to Sherlock Holmes, in his ability to examine something and find ten things, unnoticeable to everyone else, to help him solve a case. that's on display here, to good effect, as is the fairly lackluster writing style that kept the author from rivaling Arthur Conan Doyle, in terms of lasting popularity. nevertheless--though straightforward enough to be called wooden, the style is certainly very clear, and I can't imagine R. Austin Freeman--when speaking through his creation Thorndyke--ever laying out the clues and solution to a complex case in a confusing manner. having been warned about the dull style, I dealt with it and focused on the fairly entertaining Murder Mystery exhibited, and had a lot of fun during my introduction to this author.

 

I'm excited about the next author I'm to encounter in this book...H. C. Bailey. his short stories are supposed to greatly outshine his novels, and his style is supposed to be unique and memorable, as applied to Mystery stories a bit ahead of their time in terms of deeper-than-typical probings (for the time) of human psychology and human cruelty. so I have high expectations for what's to come in my next "Holiday Mystery".

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