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review 2020-01-29 16:20
Murder - Nine and Out
Murder - Nine and Out: An Amos Petrie Mystery (Black Heath Classic Crime) - Turner Publishing Company

I'm not sure that ending even made sense. 

 

And the original murder ... Dame Agatha used something similar by way of setting and light switch action, but to much greater effect and in a much more memorable way. 

So, unfortunately, this story kinda fell flat for me.

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text 2020-01-29 00:25
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Murder - Nine and Out: An Amos Petrie Mystery (Black Heath Classic Crime) - Turner Publishing Company

While Invisible Women is a fabulous book, it's far from a relaxing read.

 

I need something easy and well within my comfort zone for a midweek bookish diversion, so I had a browse and I think I am ready for the next installment in the Amos Petrie series. 

 

Murder - Nine and Out was published in 1934, so it's definitely within the Golden Age comfort range. And if it is anything like the others in the series, there should be some fun to be had with this one, too. 

 

The cover is hideous, of course. It's even horrible when compared with the rest of the series, which is very much a study in how not to design book covers. 

At least there are editions of Below the Clock which are beautiful. It's only a small comfort, tho.

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review 2020-01-29 00:13
Amos Petrie's Puzzle
Amos Petrie's Puzzle: An Amos Petrie Mystery (Black Heath Classic Crime) - Turner Publishing Company

“WHO comes next?” asked the Inspector as the door closed behind Lady Belden. “Our last witness was not an entire success, was she?”

“Very curious, Ripple. It has given me quite a lot to think about. Now I think we will try that little woman—the one with the saucer-shaped eyes, boat-shaped mouth, hair like a shampoo advertisement, red paint on nails that are too long, feet like a geisha girl, and a simpering air that covers a quantity of confidence and brazen nerve. What is her name?”

“You mean Sadie Melsa, the film star.”

“One of those who make the sunshine jealous, and the flower droop its head, cause palpitation in the breast of the cashier every time he pays the salary, and regard all the world as a stage and all the men as merely payers.”

This is not much of a review. I've been browsing my shelves and came across Amos Petrie's Puzzle. Apparently, I read this a few months ago. 

I say "apparently", because I remember nothing about it. Zilch. So, I took a look inside the book to see if anything would eventually remind me of the plot, and all I could be stirred to remember is:

 

There was a pond. 

There was a murder. 

 

But neither the motive, nor the method, nor the investigation made a lot of sense to me.

So, yes, this is not much of a review, it's more of a note to myself to say that this has been the weakest offering in the series so far.

Thankfully, I already know that the series is not going downhill from here because this was only Book #3, and the book that got me hooked on the series in the first place was Book #7. 

 

Let's see what Book #4 has to offer.

 

Series - Amos Petrie:

Death Must Have Laughed (1932) - 3.5*

Who Spoke Last? (1932) - 4*

Amos Petrie's Puzzle (1933) - 2*

Murder - Nine and Out (1934) - TBR

Death Joins the Party (1935) - TBR

Homicide Haven (1935) - TBR

Below the Clock (1936) - 4*

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text 2019-08-05 16:15
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Amos Petrie's Puzzle: An Amos Petrie Mystery (Black Heath Classic Crime) - Turner Publishing Company

“WHO comes next?” asked the Inspector as the door closed behind Lady Belden. “Our last witness was not an entire success, was she?”

“Very curious, Ripple. It has given me quite a lot to think about. Now I think we will try that little woman—the one with the saucer-shaped eyes, boat-shaped mouth, hair like a shampoo advertisement, red paint on nails that are too long, feet like a geisha girl, and a simpering air that covers a quantity of confidence and brazen nerve. What is her name?”

“You mean Sadie Melsa, the film star.”

“One of those who make the sunshine jealous, and the flower droop its head, cause palpitation in the breast of the cashier every time he pays the salary, and regard all the world as a stage and all the men as merely payers.”

Another rubbish cover but a decent mystery so far. 

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review 2019-08-03 16:59
Death Must Have Laughed
Death Must Have Laughed: An Amos Petrie Mystery (Black Heath Classic Crime) - Turner Publishing Company

“Members of the Jury,” said Sir Andrew, rolling the phrase on his tongue to impart novelty to the commonplace, “you are called upon to-day to undertake one of the most serious duties, one of the gravest and most onerous responsibilities, that ever falls to the lot of the citizens of this country. You have been called to this Court to render a verdict upon a prisoner who stands charged with the capital offence. The issue is one of life and death.” Sir Andrew paused, seeking for that drama in silence that rarely grows in a row of words. There was a subdued groan in the Press box. All hopes for a fiery opening, for a sentence good enough to carry weight in the first editions had vanished. The prosecuting counsel had opened the Marlow case in the same words, then there was the Mrs. Arthur trial, and the Eastbourne murder, and the—— Why couldn’t the man think of something new?

That was delightful!

 

Ignore the horrible covers of this series of re-discovered Golden Age mysteries, they don't do the books any justice. The only one that is still available with a great cover is Below the Clock, which to me really acted as a gateway drug to Amos Petrie. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a pretty cover.

 

Anyway, this was the first book in the series and it was just well-thought-out as the other two I've read, with a fabulous structure, great characters, and lots of twists. 

 

Turner clearly read and took notes from some of the great mystery writers, and was not shy about it. In this one, we have direct references to "clouds of witnesses" and Peter Wimsey and Sherlock Holmes are both named in conversation!

 

What dampened my enthusiasm for this book slightly is only our main character - Amos Petrie. He's really annoying in this first installment. I can't decide whether this is because Turner wanted to make sure he created a memorable character or whether Turner was still looking for balance in how to make the story an "Amos Petrie" story while still telling a great tale.

 

Anyway, if I got annoyed with Miss Marple before for being an interfering old biddy, and with Miss Silver for her persistent fits of coughing, I got annoyed with Petrie, too - not so much for his constant references to fishing, but for his constant belittling of the police and some of the (mostly female) witnesses. 

 

But then Petrie is very aware of his being annoying:

“Very good, sir. Would you care to ask those men a few questions yourself or are you going home?”

“My dear Ripple, I should find it physically impossible to go home while I had the opportunity of interfering in someone else’s business. If you haven’t got any gloves you’d better borrow mine while you pick up those bandages and oddments. Riley, you know, would have been a Superintendent by now if he had worn gloves when he carried Steiner’s suit-case to the Yard. You should always remember what happened to the unfortunate Riley. He would have made a bad fisherman.”

Ripple regarded the man with bewilderment.

Amos Petrie could do two things superbly well. He could say things that listeners failed to understand, and he could jump from subject to subject with the rapidity of a trapeze performer. Even while the Inspector gathered the equipment from the dressing-table Amos shot off at another tangent.

 

Previous Updates:

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 264 pages.

Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 264 pages.

 

Series - Amos Petrie:

Death Must Have Laughed - 3.5*

Who Spoke Last? - 4*

Amos Petrie's Puzzle - TBR

Murder - Nine and Out - TBR

Death Joins the Party - TBR

Homicide Haven - TBR

Below the Clock - 4*

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