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text 2019-01-12 01:07
Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

the ending is going to play a big part in how I Rate this novel...

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text 2019-01-11 15:03
Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

a startling break in the case, to do with the diamonds, so it must link to the murder(?)...

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text 2019-01-11 02:12
Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

I’m having fun. there’s a slight spy vibe as French has had to go from Chamonix and on to Barcelona, to collect data concerning the murder. and just when something looked sure-fire obvious...it’s not.

 

probably either Topper or The Death Chamber next, depending on where my mood’s at.

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text 2019-01-11 00:58
Reading progress update: I've read 43 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

this seems like it will be better than the last Crofts novel I read - The Pit-Prop Syndicate - which was not an Inspector French book, and got rather dull in the second half, which revealed the entire novel’s uninspired premise, thus sabotaging a decent first half. even my last Inspector French novel, The Hog’s Back Mystery, did not compare well with three or so that I really like.

 

diamonds spread all over the cover of my edition of Inspector French’s Greatest Case made me worry that there might be no whodunit aspect here - just French chasing down a ring of thieves, or something - but we do have a corpse, some suspects, alibis to be checked, a “most obvious suspect” (inexplicably nervous under questioning) who seems too obvious at this early stage, a young-lovers romance not without its warts, okay yes some missing diamonds, and, to sum up, plenty of potential for this author to redeem himself with me, one of his more loyal readers round these here parts.

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text 2019-01-10 03:16
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

time for the very first Inspector French novel! I find it a bit odd, and mildly alarming, that Crofts had the nerve to call the first book in a series a ‘Greatest Case’; beckons trouble: (a) where do you go from there?! (to other great entries, I happen to know, having read them), and (b) even if I’m ultimately lenient were this to be anything less than ‘Greatest’ material, it still better be pretty good! a stinker would would be shocking. so we’ll hope for a strong showing, eh?

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