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text 2018-11-21 03:03
Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 171 pages.
The Taste of Murder (Dover Mystery Classics) - Joanna Cannan

so, I read some more of this tonight, but I think I’m done until tomorrow...which means I’m disappointed in my total pages conquered today, thanks mainly to not getting a chance to read before work this morning. and now I’m weary. however, I did read all of Trapped on my day off yesterday, and it’s a rare day when I cop out before doing 100 pages in a day. aw well...


some Christmas Mystery suggestions I missed out on giving while I was AWOL from BookLikes: (a) I thought the three stories making up A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories were fantastic, and you might be surprised at how much fun they are, even if Simenon hasn’t done much for you in the past; (b) I just read River Road by Carol Goodman and it takes place over Christmas-time - plus I enjoyed it quite a bit overall, while thinking that others may rate it even higher than my 3.5 stars. I did lIke it.


getting on topic...The Taste of Murder has gotten better and better, and Inspector Price is quite prickly himself, even in comparison to the techy (formerly techy, I guess) murder victim.

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text 2018-11-21 02:07
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 171 pages.
The Taste of Murder (Dover Mystery Classics) - Joanna Cannan

okay, I’ll say this early on: this should appeal to anyone who likes Patricia Wentworth, because I find the style, and the characters - mainly, the large suspect pool - similar to how Wentworth deals with character dialogue. this is a classic “country house murder” set-up, with a big wrinkle that the country-house, causing its owner Sir Charles financial peril, has several paying boarders, thanks to his second wife Bunny’s idea that prevented outright sale of the property. so a murder could be “all in the family” (toss in servants), or do we look to homicidal-level ruffling of feathers between our prickly victim and some boarder(s)? or is this poisoning to do with none of that...though I don’t see, at the moment, how that would work; the suspect roster is big without waiting for the letter-carrier or the nearest curate to be roped in to all this.


I hoped for some early scenes in the South of France, but the romance that brought Bunny and Sir Charles together on the Riviera was merely dropped as part of the backstory; in fact: murder already happened, coppers mulling over confusing and long suspect list that has sorted itself out once action moved to the scene of the crime and I got to meet all the people who were just names. some obvious suspects, as the deceased was a bit of a pain and a bit free with arrogant opinions...so some specific verbal skirmishes, and a few “I’d like to strangle that woman” comments, are coming back to haunt a few country-house dwellers.


there’s some subtle humor placed throughout the pages, and Lisa seems to be most dependable for saying something entertaining. meanwhile, I don’t get Miss Silver breezing in late, of course, but Inspector Ronald Price, of the Yard, has been summoned, as an unbiased truth-sniffer-outer, because local law enforcement - Constables and Superintendents presiding in this idyllic rural setting - are all too chummy with, and in some cases too related to, all these charming, friendly murder suspects.


very happy! gonna want a clever whodunit/solution to go with all the above, though. but nice to find another neglected old Mystery writer who is worth discovering. the list is apparently endless!

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text 2018-11-20 01:12
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 171 pages.
The Taste of Murder (Dover Mystery Classics) - Joanna Cannan

this is sort of subbing for her other Mystery called No Walls of Jasper, which Martin Edwards spotlights in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books...the hope being that Cannan didn’t write just one great book. anyway, this one sounds pretty cool, and starts out on the Riviera, which may segue nicely to my next Nonfiction pick, The Riviera Set.

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text 2018-11-19 18:17
24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 - International Day for Tolerance, Task 1 (Book Redemption)
The Lake District Murder - John Bude
The Lake District Murder - John Bude,Gordon Griffin

Looking back through my "read" shelf, one of the books I liked least this year was John Bude's Lake District Murder.  I felt the book missed a monumental opportunity in not exploiting the dramatic setting of the Lake District where the action takes place, and I was also rather annoyed by the fact that the investigation into the murder discovered at the beginning of the book is sidetracked not once but twice -- admittedly into ultimately related crimes, but by God, the two investigative strains should have been much more intertwined.


That said, any reader adverse to last-minute surprise revelations and preferring to remain on an equal footing with the book's detectives will have absolutely no reason to complain here: Bude (like Freeman Wills Crofts) subscribed to the notion of "playing fair with the reader," so any and all clues uncovered by the police are laid out the moment they are uncovered (and in excrutiating detail).  For me, the resulting conclusions were altogether a bit too obvious ... but if this is your jam -- and it has to be admitted that "playing fair with the reader" was a maxim to which all members of the Detection Club subscribed (even though they implemented it in vastly differing ways) -- then maybe you should give Bude's writing a try.


Original review HERE.


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review 2018-11-17 06:32
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde

It´s a short play, so I`m not going to give a synopsis of the book. Besides, the story is completely bonkers and I wouldn´t even know where to begin in explaining the plot.


However, what  I´m going to tell you is that this play is utterly delightful. The dialogue is amazing, Lady Bracknell is a hoot (as are the other characters) and I loved every single page of it.


I´ve read The Importance of Being Earnest for the Festivus square (read any comedy, parody or satire) and it´s been a perfect read for this square.

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