Posts Tagged ‘mysteries’

Envious Casca (book #53)

13 July 2008

Georgette Heyer, 1941.

Not one of her best. Too many cliches: “Paula flushed, and said through her teeth: ‘Gossip already! That’s what we shall have to face!'”.

Like the chocolate mousse reference though:

“‘Leave her alone, Paula,’ ordered Stephen, getting up, and walking over to the sideboard, where some chocolate mousse had been left for him.”

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Penhallow (book #52)

13 July 2008

Georgette Heyer, 1942.

Very strange and dark. Quotation:

“Faith set her teeth, and rethreaded her needle, trying to shut out the sound of boisterous voices, to wrap herself up in some world of her own that contained no horses, no aggressively assertive young men, no coarse-tongued old ones, and above all no over-heated, over-crowded, fanstastically furnished bedrooms where she could be compelled to sit night after night while her temples throbbed, and her eyes ached from the unguarded flames of the countless candles all round the room.”

The Assize of the Dying (book #46)

13 July 2008

Ellis Peters, 1958.

Typical Petersian concern to analyse feelings: “What he had then intended the Judge did not inquire of himself or anyone. … He thought that Robert had not come with the intention of dying, but he was fairly sure that he had come with the possibility in his mind and with a great indifference to the result.”

The Moving Finger (#44)

24 April 2008

1944, Agatha Christie. More to add about this one.

Behold, Here’s Poison (book #41)

24 April 2008

Georgette Heyer, 1936.

Death in the Stocks (book #40)

24 April 2008

Georgette Heyer, 1935.

The Unfinished Clue (book #36)

16 March 2008

Georgette Heyer, 1933.

Busman’s Honeymoon (book #35)

16 March 2008

Dorothy Sayers, 1937

Re-read to look at the quotations used – I thought there might be a disproportionate number from the Merchant of Venice, but was wrong.

Look to the Lady (book #11)

13 January 2008

I was hoping for a better Campion after Mr Campion and Others, and remembered some of this one vividly, but it’s still not one of her best – a very early one – and the casual racism is a problem.

Best line: Penny to Campion after he has solved the mystery: “You’ve done such a lot for us. I feel you ought to get something out of it. I’d offer you my hand if I thought I could bear you about the house.”

Quotation to be checked: Penny to Campion again: “In the words of my favourite authoress: “Is it a woman, my boy?” Or aren’t you used to late hours?”

Mr Campion and Others (book #7)

11 January 2008

Margery Allingham, 1939. Many random bashings in here, such as this description of a harmless hotel:

When he saw the ‘little hotel on the Norfolk coast’ at half-past six on the following Monday afternoon the thought came to him that it was extremely fortunate for the proprietor that it should be so suitable for Mr Papulous’s experiment, for it was certainly not designed to be of much interest to any ordinary winter visitor; it was a large country public-house, not old enough to be picturesque, standing by itself at the end of a lane some distance from a cold and sleepy village. In the summer, no doubt, it provided a headquarters for a great many picnic parties, but in winter it was deserted.

There’s also an odd reference to “young Lafcadio, the painter” – odd because in Death of a Ghost, 1934, Lafadio is a famous dead painter.

Not greatly worth reading except for Allingham completists.