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You guys, there's still plenty of time for it to turn out to be bad, but right now The Nursing Home Murder is full of Vaguely Threatening Straw Revolutionaries and early twentieth-century sexual mores in flux, and these are a few of my favorite things. And Inspector Alleyn is nowhere in sight, fifty pages in -- as usual.

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wordsofastory
Feb. 12th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
I've only read one Inspector Alleyn book and wasn't particularly charmed, but those do sound like excellent elements! I might have to read this one.
evelyn_b
Feb. 13th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Alleyn-the-character is an acquired taste that I'm not sure I'll ever fully acquire, but I've been enjoying the books, maybe in a slightly too uncritical way. Which one did you read?
wordsofastory
Feb. 13th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
It was Light Thickens, which is one of the last in the series, I believe. I was thinking about writing a story set in the backstage of a play, and this came up as a recommendation for a book that had done just that. On the one hand, it's probably never a good idea to read a book from near the end of series first, but on the other hand, as you say Alleyn himself often doesn't show up until relatively late, so I don't think I was particularly disadvantaged by not having heard of him before.
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