I sure don't see a problem finishing this 400+ page Crime novel before the Pietr the Latvian Buddy Read kicks in, way up on the 15th; heck, if things go like last time, I'll get done this a day early, and have to squeeze something short in, just before Simenon. If anyone wants to contemplate a Buddy Read just before the official Buddy Read, I would be reading a short old novel called The Night Watch, by Thomas Walsh, just ahead of Pietr--and never fear...if you found that novel at the library or got it some other way, and I didn't finish Little Sister in time to squeeze in The Night Watch, I wouldn't let you down! we would just read The Night Watch as a Buddy Read right after the official Buddy Read! no takers, that's fine too. meanwhile, all this off-topic chatter doesn't mean I'm not excited to finally cue up a David Hewson novel again, after many years. and this one sounds great!
terrifically exciting! war with the elves looms large...and I think I know who the Wraith is, underneath that cowl.
the start of this one suggests that it may end up being one of my favorite entries in the series. of course, I left behind a bunch of Murder Mysteries for a Fantasy diversion...and I'm back in the midst of another Murder Mystery. of course, I don't mind in the slightest!
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Here are some follow-ups I recommend, for various reasons (they aren't all "Impossible Crime" books, but I have done the best I can to assemble a strong list of books that may work for you), if Anthony Wynne's crazy-clever book is your type of Mystery!
Thanks for your time, and happy reading!
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (copyright 2014; quote is from page 311 of the Penguin Books trade paperback edition).
definitely in the mood for something other than a Crime novel...but then, most of the Crime novels I've read over the last 20 days or more have been pretty darn special, so let's hope this detour keeps up that trend of fun and high quality. first two books in this series were very enjoyable...
'Murder!', by Arnold Bennett is my favorite story in this collection so far (not necessarily my favorite title). I thought I was getting the usual bag of beans: a nasty bit of murder, amateur detective shows up to rival the regular coppers in their efforts, looks like there are some clues that will get everything resolved with justice served...and then this wonderful and wicked little tale deliberately went off the trail and danced its way into a cool, less-familiar wilderness. and I loved that! that was fun.
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (copyright 2014; quote is from pages 80-81 of the Penguin Books trade paperback edition).
I may very well leave the last chunk of this until tomorrow morning; we'll just have to see if Temptation conquers Tiredness. whatever...I have a feeling the "twist" (see blurbs) ending will go great with a morning coffee. beyond that--well, I'm afraid of what else Jane will find out about the life, and violent death, of her mother. I think the last few pieces of the puzzle will (a) be ugly, and (b) lead to Jane being in severe danger.
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (copyright 2014; quote is from page 135 of the Penguin Books trade paperback edition).
pretty far along with this, now; it reminds me of two books I recently enjoyed: it has a sassy style like Helen Fitzgerald's Viral (though the young, female first-person narrator is hiding a lot of pain and unresolved issues behind the glib cynicalness)--a book I loved--attached to a plot that's more like Hester Young's The Gates of Evangeline (a whiff of Gothic; family secrets; attractive men who may not be good for the heroine--no ghosts in Dear Daughter so far, though...well, no actual ghosts)--a book I loved even more. all that, and the book carves its own unique feel, its own distinct Mystery. hard to say if it will match those other two books, but it's workin' hard. I like it.
okay...that snapped my head back a bit. that's the kind of plot twist that instantly takes your mind off the two excellent plot twists in the book you finished just over 24 hours ago. which is a good thing, and now I'm hooked.
I'll probably sample a little more of this tonight--it's intriguing, but I have to hope the plot can match the narrator's voice, for sheer entertainment.
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (copyright 2014; quote is from page 14 of the Penguin Books trade paperback).