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shanaqui
Quick Curtain | Alan Melville
Mehso-so

Oh no, so silly. There's some good dialogue, but it all got a bit Too Much for me. Especially that final chapter. Granted, I am not often a fan of humourous books so take my mehness with a pinch of salt. I imagine it would have been quite the breath of fresh air among the serious detective novels, good and bad, of the Golden Age.

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shanaqui
Quick Curtain | Alan Melville

Hmm. This is more than half billed as a comedy, so I suspect it will largely not be my thing. Already irritated with the jettisoning of all sensible police procedure -- obviously Melville's not interested in it and that's fine for him, but very irritating for someone who prefers my mysteries to hang together before you add comedy.

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shanaqui
Pickpick

I think the format got a bit confused at times, but it was an interesting choice and it mostly worked out!

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deirdrebeecher
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Pickpick

I love a bit of golden age British crime. Richard Hull is a new find for me and I am enjoying him a lot. Clever and well written his books were very original at the time. This one interweaves a trial with the investigation. What's more his investigator is an ordinary hardworking policeman, not an aristocratic dabbler or a gentleman detective with a private income. 90% holds its own with modern books. 10% let down by sentimental ending.

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shanaqui

Hmm, interesting format! Starts with the trial, carefully omitting the name of the accused.

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shanaqui
Weekend at Thrackley | Alan Melville
Pickpick

Rather uncosy for a Golden Age crime novel! This one isn't really a murder mystery, which makes it an odd duck in this series of reissues as well. Enjoyable, though reliant on coincidence and insta-love in the way that Golden Age fiction could be.

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shanaqui
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
Pickpick

Aaaah, I loved the character of the victim as described in the first couple of chapters, so I got surprisingly invested in this one. Lorac's good at a slow unfolding of the mystery that ends up satisfying anyway; definitely more in the procedural line, detective-wise.

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shanaqui
Smallbone Deceased | Michael Gilbert
Pickpick

Since @rabbitprincess mentioned enjoying it, I picked this one up first. I have some questions about the series editor's claims of this being THE best crime book ever, but it's an enjoyable read. The real killer is produced with a sort of TADA once you've got confused suspecting everyone else, of course, and there is a convenient left-handed criminal... But like Sayers in Murder Must Advertise, Gilbert writes entertainingly about his home turf.

rabbitprincess Yeah, I think it certainly deserved being on the list of top 100 crime novels, but I wouldn't call it the best crime novel ever. And I loved how delightfully gruesome the discovery of the body was -- just the right level of EWW. 😝 2mo
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shanaqui
Death In Captivity | Michael Gilbert
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I have been trying to ignore lists and guilt trips about "you should be reading X" or "you shouldn't buy new books till you read X number of old ones" (that kind of thing has been killing my love of reading), so today I dropped by Waterstones to grab a pile of British Library Crime Classics, which always seem to suit my mood!

rabbitprincess Smallbone Deceased was great! 2mo
shanaqui @rabbitprincess I took that as a recommendation on where to start, and am now halfway through it! 😁 2mo
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Mdargusch
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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Pickpick

This is a fun little mystery written in 1946. So many suspicious characters and odd occurrences that I never figured out the murderer. Think Agatha Christy in the English countryside. Hopefully my family members will enjoy this next installment in our #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub. We missed our flight to London to see @AnnieD so drinking and reading is taking away a little of the pain.

emilyhaldi I‘m curious to see if the 🍷 affected the nature / quantity of your marginalia 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Oh no! How long do you have to wait for the next flight? 2mo
Reviewsbylola Totes jelly. 2mo
Reviewsbylola Of your trip, not your missed flight. 😜 2mo
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