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  • Not For Me!

    In London, a social climbing woman is hosting a card party. Two people are murdered by the same method, they were strangled by picture wire. Inspector Hemingway is on the case, but when the fiancé of his friend becomes the main suspect, he has to figure out the truth to clear her name. I really wanted to like this novel because I thought Footsteps in the Dark was a great one. But, I couldn’t get through the slow pace and the murder took about 100 pages to occur. By that time, I wasn’t really interested in what happened or the culprit’s identity. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.

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  • Gaelic Obfuscation

    Take a step back in time to the manners and mores of white, middle-class England. The basic assumptions in many areas were being challenged (and have been throughout history) but society maintained its rigid backbone and an extra man at a dinner party remained golden, no matter how churlish or ill-thought of. Playing on and with these conventions, Ms Heyer crafted an extremely clever double murder mystery for us to solve while helping us to laugh at some of the stiffer notions of propriety and aiding our ability to see them in context, conventions generally meant to protect and not just stifle. Be prepared to stretch your mind trying to work out the basics of means, motive, and opportunity while being thoroughly entertained by the interactions among the characters.

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