a Weird West story full of superheroes, and supervillains of course, called ‘The Golden Age’ by Walter Jon Williams. a lot of fun.
two stories left in this book, before I move on to some Horror stories, in The Invisible Eye, alternating with the tales in The Sergeant’s Cat, which have been enjoyable so far.
honestly, I’m not thrilled with the tag line, or whatever you call it, on the front of this book...’among the whores, eunuchs and beggars of Bangalore...’, but I’m reading it anyway, because it should be a strange adventure for me. we’ll see.
this is fabulous. When The Wind Blows by Cyril Hare was a superb Golden Age Mystery that I finished just a day ago, and I am so lucky to have picked another old whodunit that is so different from that one, but just as captivating in its own way. so far, at least. thrilled with the “Golden Oldies” lately!
I’m one of those who liked this author’s Death in the Tunnel, and now it’s time to watch Burton do another whodunit, but with a completely different scenario: Eldersham...where Pod People go when they just want to be left alone. okay, maybe that’s not the explanation for why the villagers make outsiders feel unwanted and a bit creeped out; and it probably doesn’t explain the murder...
of course I should have made it to the movie - this book is a string of action sequences and slick dialogue - but I’m enjoying it as a novel, sandwiching it between two Golden Age British Mysteries that will make my brain work harder. this is a nice bit of relaxation - a ride - and darn if I didn’t get a rush of, uh, Adrenaline, the moment Xander returned “from the dead”. yay!
well, I don't expect much brain engagement here...but I love the first film, and I never made it to the sequel (featuring Xander), so I'll do a quick dash through this novelization, and be on my way.
Trimble and Tate are an amusing pair, but Jenkinson is the “some piece of work” dynamo of the book so far, almost a force of nature, and hopefully he’ll return soon. lots of other wonderful characters, of course - personalities and dialogue - everyone, really. I’ve decided to pick my own prime suspect for the murder just because that person is sort of flying under the radar, while everyone else is hard to forget.
I absolutely love it...twists and surprises galore, at the rehearsal, at the concert, everywhere in between and after, it’s all quite cool. hard to put down!
amateur musicians (some clearly better than others), infidelity, a sudden peerage, parties, plans made for the orchestra's new Season, rivalries, sneaky reasons for trying to get a mediocre clarinetist the position of First, lots of wonderful suspects for any impending murders - I'm entertained, only more so.
’The Sergeant’s Cat’, short story in The Sergeant’s Cat, by Janwillem van de Wetering (copyright 1999, 1995, 1987, 1983; quote is from page 44 of the Soho Press, Inc. trade paperback edition, 1999).
and here we are - now that I’ve read the story called ‘The Sergeant’s Cat’, I can tell you a bit about the sergeant’s cat. she’s named Tabriz (I’m gonna keep that in mind, if I ever get another cat), and she is Sergeant de Gier’s cat...and unfortunately, um, she gets threatened with a stiletto by a nasty man who works for another, nastier fellow. I didn’t like that, I’ll tell you, but Tabriz was not harmed, and in fact the Sergeant had her moved to a safe house until the murder causing threats and intimidation to the cops (and one of their pets!) could be solved. de Gier was fueled to turn up the heat, for of course no one threatens his cat and gets away with it!
I’m three stories into this collection - my intro to the crimesolver duo featured (I like them), and to the strange feel to these quick affairs (I like them, too). hopefully, all cats will be left alone from now on, but if not, de Gier will obviously be taking it very seriously.
this will be the second time I go to Cyril Hare because a List of recommended reading told me a certain book would be a good bet. Tragedy at Law is on Keating’s (now old) “100 Best Crime & Mystery” List, so I read it eagerly - and my goodness that is a wonderful whodunit. now, a List of music-themed Crime novels I found at a website includes this When The Wind Blows entry in the Francis Pettigrew series. that List has been treating me well so far, but I’m giving the American authors a rest this time, and going British.
not perfect - I have some issues with the style - but it’s been good fun so far. well...fun, but unsettling, too. I need to read all of it to truly know how I feel. can’t tell if there’s a big twist coming up, or how much more of the “novel within a novel” is going to be presented, given how disrupted its author, David, is at this point.
’The Sergeant’s Cat’, and Cyril Hare’s When The Wind Blows, next.
this looks like it's going to work VERY WELL on the Big Screen. (yay, my favorite Spidey villain is coming...!)