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Murder From the Other Side Monday

What I've Finished Reading

The Seven Dials Mystery was pure fluff and even sillier than I remembered. Bundle gets an embarrassing Mr. Collins-style proposal from some dude she's been trying to wheedle information from, and it's great. That's what you get for pretending to be interested in politics, Bundle! I like Superintendent Battle so it was a little sad to see him drop a remark about "bad blood" at the end, but what can you do? This book also features bad American accents, my favorite! You can tell that the American characters would fit right in on an episode of Doctor Who. Will there be any more books featuring Bundle and her easily distracted but otherwise harmless dad? I don't remember, but I know there is at least one more with Inspector Battle, Toward Zero. The rest of the characters I could take or leave, but they have a lot of fun during their brief existence and there's nothing wrong with being ephemeral.

What I'm Reading Now

I've just started The Sittaford Mystery. A load of people are hanging around at a house, like you do, and they decide to do a little table-rapping. It's all fun and games until someone spells the word MURDER. Has one of their friends really gone and been murdered, and in the middle of a snowstorm, too? Well, what do you think?

Also: Blood Red Turns Dollar Green by Paul O'Brien. A crime thriller set in the world of 1970s pro wrestling! This one wastes no time at all: there's an attempted murder of two top-billed wrestlers, with grisly consequences, on Page 2. I'm not sure how I feel about it so far - the writing is a little aggressively clunky and shouty, but I can't tell yet if that's a minor flaw or a successful evocation of pro-wrestling storytelling style. We'll see!

What I Plan to Read Next

Giant's Bread has arrived! I feel like it's been a long wait, but non-murder Christie is next! Though the paperback edition I got calls it "a tale of romantic obsession," so who knows but that there might be a little murder around the edges? You can't trust the romantically obsessed.

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lost_spook
Feb. 28th, 2017 08:49 am (UTC)
Has one of their friends really gone and been murdered, and in the middle of a snowstorm, too? Well, what do you think?

Impossible! I'm sure they'll just go home and have a nice cup of tea or something. ;-p

I'm sure I looked at a non-murder Christie once and then thought that there was no point to that, really, and put it back. Was I wrong? I look forward to hearing about it, although obsessive love doesn't sound encouraging.
evelyn_b
Feb. 28th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
If you never try, you'll never know! I haven't opened Giant's Bread yet, so can only speak to what's on the cover - which is, apparently, "a brilliant composer tormented by his passion for two different women."

I was going to say that Christie doesn't usually go in for tormented passion in her murder motives, but then I remembered some examples. Anyway, it looks like it's Christie trying something completely different, rather than just a murder mystery without the murder, so. . . we'll see!

ETA the title IS based on a nursery rhyme which is namechecked in the first chapter, so it's not like she wasn't throwing out any hints as to Mary Westmacott's true identity.

Edited at 2017-02-28 01:05 pm (UTC)
lost_spook
Feb. 28th, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC)
True, but I like the option of you reading it to find out for me. :-)
liadtbunny
Feb. 28th, 2017 04:01 pm (UTC)
If murdering keeps you warm during a blizzard might as well;p

In a non-murder Christie the characters think about it a lot, but abstain? I await the your findings!
evelyn_b
Feb. 28th, 2017 11:57 pm (UTC)
What else are you going to do in a snowstorm in the middle of the countryside? I ask you.

You know what they say, a house isn't a home until it's had its first murder.
liadtbunny
Mar. 1st, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
Lol, ain't that the truth x2;p
a_phoenixdragon
Feb. 28th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
*Happy!Hugs!*
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