wow, all of a sudden I’m down to just two precious stories left in this impressive collection. the one I just read, by John Creasey was a slight letdown compared to most of what is in the book - but next is something by Michael Gilbert, who wrote one of my favorite Mysteries ever: Smallbone Deceased.
read tons in a flash today - did not think I would be this far along so quickly. gone is any chance of this stretching to Sunday, and now I can start focusing on my pick from the 1930s.
this book prompts me to say Trigger Warning: Rape, but I’m handling its disturbing content as best I can, and it is a compelling read. not for everybody, though.
in terms of the characters...Beth hasn’t even shown up yet, and I’m already scared of her. Kit and Laura are terrified of her. they’ve got scars. they have changed their lives to make sure she can’t find them.
but Kit loves to travel, to wherever the best view is to see a predicted eclipse. predicted eclipse. Beth can look up future eclipse data too...
The Mad Hatter Mystery is a hard act to follow, but I am expecting big things from this well-reviewed, fan-swamped novel.
quite a bit done, now - shall finish this tomorrow at which point I will know who commits murder, who plants stolen hats in strange places...and is that one and the same person.
why do I feel like there may yet be another death??
highly enjoyable, but there’s a lot of dialogue. theorizing; interviews; surprise revelations just when it seems someone has nothing more to add. Dr. Fell talks the least, so far; he absorbs, plays with a hat, pets a dog...
when Fell does speak, he usually breaks in on some other dialogue, or answers a question in an odd or unexpected manner. I’ve learned from past experience that it is Carr’s gentle way of hinting at something important, while all the other nattering is going on, but I still would have to figure it out! (I usually don’t have the vaguest notion of what Dr. Fell is trying to suggest). (it’s also maddening that he has hinted that he has already got a theory that solves the whole complicated mess; grrrrrrrrrr!)
I love the hat angle, even more than the Poe angle.
Broken Tune’s mountaineering book round-up from earlier, and professed love for the topic, has got me considering reading As The Crow Flies next, a Mystery set in the world of rock-climbing. but He Said/She Said remains very tempting...with twists rumoured to rival what I’m getting from Carr. wouldn’t mind a modern follow-up to Golden Age super-cleverness...
a delicious opening crank-up - hats stolen all over London, a previously unknown Poe manuscript (is it? is it really?) also filched, and a corpse with a stolen hat perched on its ultra-sleepy head. I'm hooked.
I love that even the guy’s face is green, on the cover. that smart top hat is obviously too good for this creepy-looking weasel-face, and seems to know it, and so vomited on the guy’s head.
anyway...the book hearkens to Alice in Wonderland with that title, and yet the plot hinges on a lost Poe manuscript. well, okay - stolen hats too.
maybe He Said/She Said next.
I’m leaving Zac in a tight spot by stopping here for the night...but that’s been going on every time I put the bookmark in for a pause.
meanwhile, I think it will be John Dickson Carr’s The Mad Hatter Mystery next - which I will use to launch a little reading project of mine: picking something from the 1930s as every second choice! it broke my heart to see that both The Dain Curse and The Poisoned Chocolates Case are disqualified, being from 1929...but then I realized that’s silly heartbreak, because I could read one of them in between a 1930s pick (you’re not too bright, are you, Tigus !).
the 1930s Goody Bag: Serenade; Burn, Witch, Burn!; Murder in Piccadilly; The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien; The Murder of My Aunt. mainly books by men, so I will have to make sure I read some women writers in between all these.
this is a fun, no-stopping Action Thriller, just so everyone knows. I wouldn’t want to be the focus of a manhunt and accused of espionage in Iran.
a very tense start, up in the clouds. a commercial airliner is making an emergency landing in Iran after flying into prohibited airspace and breaking off radio communication.
'Winner Take All' - an entertaining story from Evelyn Waugh, but I wouldn't say it was all that funny. why are some of the contents of this book making me sad or melancholy?