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What I've Just Finished Reading

Not much this week! I haven't actually been that busy, but I've been busy recently enough that my head is feeling lazy. Ngaio Marsh's Enter A Murderer delighted me by completely flipping Marsh's "the more complicated the better" pattern on its head. Also, the alleged sexual tension between Alleyn and one of the survivor-suspects was so unconvincing that I'm still not clear on whether it was supposed to be some kind of ruse or not. Alleyn, why are you so hard to read? For one brief shining moment I thought it was going to turn out that Alleyn had been tricked by his own hormones!! into discounting a suspect who would then turn out to be the actual killer, but it was not to be.

What I'm Reading Now

The library didn't have Daughter of Time (it's being ordered through Inter-Library Loan, yay), so I got A Burial At Sea, the fifth murder mystery in Charles Finch's engagingly cozy Most Comfortable Man in London series. The infodumps are as plentiful and unabashed as always, but otherwise A Burial At Sea feels pretty off-model: Lenox is on a ship, so there's a hard limit on how comfortable he can get before the murders start, and the rest of the supporting cast is back in London being comfortable without him. Even Graham, Lenox's indispensible Bunter clone, is nowhere to be found. Why would that be the case? Did I miss something from the end of the last book? DID GRAHAM DIE? Anyway, it's early yet; I won't jump to any conclusions, but I find myself missing the rest of Team Comfortable already.

What I Plan to Read Next

Pretty much the same things I was planning to read next last week! I'm hoping to tunnel a little further into A Distant Trumpet today. There's nothing really off-putting about it so far, it's just that it's fairly large and hasn't grabbed me right away, so I'm hesitant. Oh, and I got this little book of essays about F. Scott Fitzgerald from the bookstore, so maybe that, too.


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Feb. 12th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
No no, Graham is doing important London stuff! I'm not sure what it is, but I daresay it's important. He is immortal and will never die. He probably actually is Bunter: after Lenox kicks it, he'll need a new detective to faithfully serve.

And I agree, the Lenox books are by far the best when Lenox has Team Comfortable clustered around him. The ship is rather lonely.
Feb. 12th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Thank you for reassuring me as to the continued aliveness and relative proximity of Graham; it is a relief to hear that he didn't somehow get bumped off or sent to India without my noticing it.

I hope the series doesn't decide to get too globe-trotty; Team Comfortable and the gravitational pull of the fireside are a major part of its appeal. We'll see!
Feb. 12th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC)
IIRC after this sea jaunt, Lenox mostly stays put in England - at least for the books that have been published at this point.
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