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A coffin for Dimitrios
A coffin for Dimitrios | Eric Ambler
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tphil10283
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It‘s an entertaining book written in 1939 by an Englishman. Some of the points of view are interesting in retrospect.

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gradcat
Trent's Last Case | E. C. Bentley
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#Booked2019 #Autumn #PublicDomain

It‘s one thing to read historical fiction by a contemporary author, but it‘s quite another thing to read fiction written in another era. If the language and morés of the past fade to the background, you‘re probably reading a classic. This book is not that, even though both Agatha Christie & Dorothy Sayers gave it high praise. That those writers liked it is the reason that I always wanted to read it, and this ⬇️

gradcat ⬆️ (cont) prompt gave me the impetus for getting after it. While the story is good enough, the plot is extremely convoluted and the language very stilted. I had trouble keeping up with the goings-on in this mystery novel, mostly because of the myriad doings of the murdered businessman in his financial and marital affairs. I won‘t pan the book—it‘s too well written for that—but I will put it at the very lowest end of the so-so category. ♥️ (edited) 3y
Cinfhen That was the nicest negative review I ever read 😘 3y
gradcat @Cinfhen It‘s so hard for me to pan a book! I need to toughen up!! 😂 3y
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jfount
Trent's Last Case | E. C. Bentley
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This was a good little companion for a day waiting to see the doctor. Now that it‘s done I‘m stuck between about five things to read next — eep!

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zsuzsanna_reads
Trent's Last Case | E. C. Bentley
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After last week's lovely reads, I am back in a reading slump.

Trent's last case is an ok detective mystery, but it is more of historical interest, spanning Victorian suspense with modern detective mysteries.

After loving Slade House, I ended up bailing on Bone Clocks by David Mitchell as I just couldn't face the meandering plot.

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EadieB
Trent's Last Case | E. C. Bentley
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#centuryofmysterychallenge #1913 #ecbentley

An American capitalist is found dead in the garden of his English country house, 2 immediate matters confound detective Philip Trent: why is the dead man not wearing his false teeth and why is his young widow seemingly relieved at his death? The newly widowed Mabel Manderson, ‘The Lady in Black‘, has a disarming effect on the imaginative Trent, in this classic detective story that twists and turns.

Andrew65 Another author I‘ve not heard of. 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 I never heard of him either until I researched mystery writers. #trentslastcase (edited) 4y
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Mdargusch
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Today‘s #bookmail 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Thanks @ReadingEnvy - I‘m starting Hutterite Diaries first!
#whodunitbymail

Reviewsbylola Nice!! 4y
ReadingEnvy That one doesn't need to keep going with the swap! 4y
Mdargusch I figured @ReadingEnvy - should I send it back? I‘m almost finished! 😁 4y
ReadingEnvy @Mdargusch nah I don't need it, send it on to wherever! 4y
emilyhaldi 🤗🤗 4y
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BookishBelle
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This one was a little slow starting for me but it picked up a bit as it went along. The ending was worth the work of getting through it.

@ReadingEnvy This is headed your way. It should arrive Saturday. #Whodunitbymail

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BookishBelle
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“The fact that one was a writer could be relied upon to explain away the most curious extravagances.”

I‘m struggling with this one but this line made me lol. #whodunitbymail

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BookishBelle
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I got this in the mail today! @dariazeoli #WhoDunItByMail

dariazeoli Glad it got there! 👍🏻 4y
kspenmoll 🙌🏻 4y
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dariazeoli
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I‘ve got just a little bit left before I can send this #whodunitbymail off to @BookishBelle - hopefully before the holiday!

BookishBelle No worries! I‘m booked. Ha. 🙃 4y
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Susanita
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When you have two work computers at home and can‘t get either of them to work right, you take a #snowday and finish your #whodunitbymail book.

I prefer coffee #inmymug but I like tea too. I prefer procedural mysteries but a high-stakes thriller from time to time is an interesting change of pace.

This will be on the way to you @AndreaReads in the next few days.

#NewYearReads

Zelma Sounds like a great idea. Love the mug! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute mug!!! 😽 5y
BookishBelle Love that mug! 😍 5y
SilversReviews Cute mug!! 5y
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Susanita

The important thing to know about an assassination or an attempted assassination is not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet.

Cinfhen Interesting!!! 5y
BookishMe I tried reading this but it became too rambling as the amateur Detective continued with his quest. I gave it up after 3rd chapter or so 5y
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Susanita
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So nice to have #bookmail waiting for me when I get home! #whodunitbymail

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kspenmoll
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#Julyfavs #sizzlinsummerbooks #bestofJuly
#JubilantJuly
@RealLifeReading @Tiffy_Reads

stats:
Read 11 books 💃🏼
5 mysteries😱
2 YA👩🏻
4 novels 📚

#JulyFaves #BestofJuly 💛💙💜❤️
A Coffin for Dimitrios
Goodbye Vitamin
A Great Reckoning
Love Letters to the Dead
The Bookshop at Water's End
The Ghost Fields

christineandbooks How did you like The Bookshop at Water's End? I'm waiting for hold to come in from the library... 5y
SilversReviews Love Louise Penny's books. The Bookshop at Water's End was a lovely read. Nice collage 5y
kspenmoll @SilversReviews Thanks! @christineandbooks I agree with @SilversReviews , the book was a wonderful read: mothers, daughter, careers, books, setting in SC coast, southern feel, characters interesting, well developed. Summer! Hope you enjoy it. (edited) 5y
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kspenmoll @SilversReviews Three Pines 🌲🌲🌲 5y
SilversReviews @christineandbooks Here is my review if you want more information on THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END. https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-bookshop-at-waters-end-by-patti.ht...
ENJOY when you read it.
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SilversReviews @kspenmoll Oh yes...I wish that were a real place. I would be there. :) 5y
christineandbooks Thanks for the link, @SilversReviews ! It sounds great! ☺ 5y
SilversReviews @christineandbooks It was...Let us know what you think. 5y
kspenmoll @SilversReviews Would be so lovely to escape there! 🌲🌲🌲 Also, your review was great! 5y
SilversReviews @kspenmoll Three Pines would be lovely to visit. Thanks about my review. :) 5y
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kspenmoll
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#whodunitbymail #mysterybookswap #bookmail
@Tiffy_Reads @a_tad_bit_bookish
Jenn, your August book is on the way!😃👏

Captivatedbybooks Hey love you forgot to block out her address 5y
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Marchpane
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English writer of cozy mysteries gets entangled in sordid reality of actual organised crime on the continent.

This one surprised me! Usually I find spy novels dry as dust, but not this time. Published in 1939, just prior to war breaking out & with Europe in turmoil, this book is politically insightful & clear-eyed about how non-glamorous crime really is.

Plus, movie with Peter Lorre! As the (mostly) good guy!

#192019challenge #192019

Marchpane NB - published as A Coffin for Dimitrios in the US, The Mask of Dimitrios elsewhere. 5y
ScientistSam I like Eric Ambler. Only read one book by him though, so excited to read your review! 5y
Marchpane @ScientistSam this was my first by him too. I hadn't heard of him until someone on Goodreads recommended this to me! 5y
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kspenmoll
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kspenmoll
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#Whodunitbymail #Saturdayafternoon
Finally settling down to read - just finished garden work & cut fresh flowers for my porch.

LeahBergen So pretty!! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💕 5y
Zelma What a lovely space! 😍 5y
tpixie Pretty space!! 5y
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kspenmoll
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#JubilantJuly #JulyMostAnticipated #Whodunitbymail
Joined Whodunit mystery book mail club - committed to one book per month. I confess I am nervous, intimidated about the time commitment but am excited &intrigued & want to join in the fun! Have been in any bookclub in years. 📚🎉💚
Depicted is my first book to read & its accompanying journal for notes. Thanks @Anovelobsession !
@RealLifeReading

ReadingEnvy And I'm excited for when the Ambler hits my house because I've always meant to try him 5y
My_novel_obsession Glad everything got there. I'm excited to get this thing started!! 🤗 5y
BibliophileMomma Love seeing the first round swaps arriving. 😀 5y
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Mdargusch I'm feeling the same way. I'm excited to get a new mystery every month but nervous I won't get them all read. 5y
kspenmoll @Anovelobsession The journal is beautiful! Perfect with book. Starting it today after work! Cannot wait! 5y
kspenmoll @Tiffy_Reads Thanks for this idea & organizing it! 5y
kspenmoll @ReadingEnvy So many new books! I am excited to read this one too. Author is new me- 5y
kspenmoll @Mdargusch So glad to know not the only one with some worries... 5y
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My_novel_obsession
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Got my book and my journal and getting ready to package them up and send out for #whodunitbymail 🤗🤗🤗

BibliophileMomma Love the journal! 5y
Jess7 Super cool! 5y
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QueenAnne
Trent's Last Case | E. C. Bentley
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SK is feeding my tbr pile again! Knee deep into "End of watch" while I should be asleep (00:30 here)

quirkyreader I enjoyed this story when I read it as an ebook. 6y
QueenAnne @quirkyreader good idea! Think I might do that too 😍 6y
QueenAnne @quirkyreader found it! Thank god for Project Gutenburg (on iBooks)! 6y
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