my last two Crime novel reads were both fairly old - 1960s, 1940s - so I’m ready for something modern, and with more pages. that said, I almost went to another Maigret novel, because the last one blew me away...but Simenon and his creation will have to wait at least a few days.
the author seems to have the wildest life-stories for last. which means the book is still a great read, even as it moves out of the era of the earliest black millionaires.
Mary Ellen Pleasant was an amazing woman, that’s for sure. also enjoying Robert Reed Church’s story, when the chapters switch back to him. a terrific book, so far...a wonderful education.
the last two stories I read in this book - ‘The White and the Black’, and ‘The Burgomaster in Bottle’ - were entertaining, though the second one represents a recurring nitpick I have: more could have been done with a nifty idea. but most of the tales are quick, and don’t get a reader as interested in the characters and their supernatural dilemmas as would a more modern treatment of the same premise, or - in terms of stories roughly as old - say, something by Poe or Le Fanu, etc.
last February I had a very rewarding time picking some reads for Black History Month, including at least one Nonfiction book, so I’m hoping for the same experience this year too.
one of my favourites in the series, so far - and not just because everything in it is wafting up from a hotel cellar (although, that’s a great place for a corpse...).
shall try to finish it tonight, even though I’m a bit under the weather. the book takes my mind off sniffles, though. it’s a dark journey of strange encounters, haunting dreams, and maybe madness coming inevitably after a three-week-old tragedy. Murder Must Advertise meets A Judgement in Stone. no, wait, that’s not quite right, but not far off...
my goodness - at this point, I don’t know which time-keeping device is creepier: the millennium-countdown clock from Gerard Stembridge’s Counting Down, or the calendar in Anderson’s office in this Symons novel. whatever, this is a slow-burn Crime story of a type I tend to enjoy. slow disintegration, and perhaps some form of justice at the end. at least that calendar has been dealt with...but what’s next will likely be even more toxic.
I had such an interesting time with Symons’s The Belting Inheritance not too many days ago, that I’m unable to quell the impulse to, well, get right with another book of his!
the river Po floods, and two people die...separated by distance, but connected by blood. and no, it’s much more complicated than “the river got them”. murder. decades-old secrets, decades-old hatred between those in and around Torricella who once were divided up into Fascists and Partisans. or is that where Commissario Soneri should be digging?
really enjoying this one, especially all these grizzled and toughened characters living by the river, no matter how hard, or sinister, things get.
this time, Grijpstra & de Gier investigated the murder of a mussel breeder - story called ‘Houseful of Mussels’. I could not tell you why I loved this crazy story so much...I just know that I did. this is a weird, and often very amusing, collection of stories. the last one made me laugh out loud, and that’s always appreciated. wanting more.
always time for another Italian Crime novel, always ready to sample a new author from this sub genre, and gosh I love the title, and cover, of this book.
it’s such a great story, with Schoolboy at the center. he’s an inspired character, his past, the details of his life as they are revealed to the reader. this, and a power plot. and I even get Lord Tribulation showing up in this one now and then!
Runnng Hot, by Dreda Say Mitchell (copyright 2004; quote is from page 162 of the Maia Press Limited trade paperback edition, 2004).