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Thoughts on Crime Fiction

Cat Among the Pigeons

Filed under: Books,General,Mystery— arlen@ 6:40 am

The latest book in my return trip through Agatha Christie’s world is Cat Among the Pigeons. Someone is killing the schoolmistresses of one of the most exclusive girl’s schools in Britain. This one comes from the period where Dame Agatha was truly sick and tired of Hercule Poirot; it’s one of the books where she […]

Green Grow the Victims

Filed under: Books,General,Mystery— arlen@ 8:18 am

Maybe I’ve just overdosed on the period lately, but this particular mystery, by Jeanne Dams, left me completely cold. Try as I might, I just could not get interested in any of the characters presented in it. That’s a bit unusual, as I have generally liked her work (enough to locate signed firsts of her […]

The Big Bad Wolf

Filed under: Books,General,Mystery— arlen@ 8:06 am

James Patterson’s recent outing for profiler Alex Cross was, to be blunt, a disappointment. The premise is that Alex Cross has left the DC police and joined the FBI in order to have more time with his family. We’ll leave the obvious point that this is unrealistic and scarcely credible alone, chalking it up to […]

Rutland Place / Farrier’s Lane

Filed under: Books,General,Mystery— arlen@ 7:25 am

My latest batch of mystery books, by Anne Perry, leave me a little puzzled. I’ve written before about her books (liked the Pitt — Cater Street Hangman — but not the Monk) but I may be changing my mind. To the extent that I may not be able to finish the latter one. The Pitts […]

Outsider in Amsterdam

Filed under: Books,General,Mystery— arlen@ 11:39 am

OK, so the secret is out: I’m addicted to Dutch mystery writers. This one is part of the series written by Janwillem van de Wetering about the two Amsterdam cops Grijpstra and De Gier. But the addiction doesn’t just extend to this series. I’m also in love with Maj Sjowal and Per Wahloo’s output, and […]

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