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8 Faces at 3 (John J. Malone #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Jake Justus and Helene Brand met over the corpse of Aunt Alexandria. So it was probably a good thing that somebody had decided to stab her three times and leave her to freeze into horrible rigidity in front of the wide-open window.

The chief suspect was Holly Inglehart, the murdered woman's niece. Jake couldn't blame the police for not believing Holly's crazy story about th

Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 7th 1989 by International Polygonics (first published 1939)
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I would have liked this book more if it wasn't for the basic premise that all people think better drunk. The author is proud that her characters are drunk most of the time, the police and authorities are drunk most of the time and the only sober person is the victim who deserved to die. I must not overlook the Asst DA who really only got drunk on one occasion but did imbibe sometimes just for fun.
As advertised on the Classic Mysteries podcast, this is a fun-filled, boozy romp through a seemingly unsolvable murder mystery.
A band leader and an heiress have eloped. This wouldn't be a problem except that her aunt, the woman who is going to leave her money, has forbidden her to marry the band leader. And her will states that if Holly (the heiress) marries an unsuitable man after she dies, Holly is still disinherited. Which is why it's disconcerting when Holly wakes up, seemingly alone in the
The smart lines and humor are there--just hidden in the padded plot. I know I'd have enjoyed this more had it been a short story.
I love '30s and '40s British mysteries, but don't usually get into American ones. This is an exception, probably because it reads like a movie - a movie I am VERY SAD does not exist. Only a real '40s actress could pull off Helene. Maybe Veronica Lake. Jean Arthur?
Anyway, I could see it in my head, and it was a hell of a time. Man, these guys drink A LOT.
oh no no no. i was promised "a 1930's comedy classic"!!! that's like being promised cheesecake and being given liquidy cottage cheese.
At its time, the book would have been a more than enjoyable read.
However, reading today it seems OK
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she is soooo funny
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Georgiana 'Craig' Rice was the author of fourteen novels, countless short stories, and a number of true crime pieces, once rivaled Agatha Christie in sales. She was on the cover of Time Magazine in 1946. However, the past fifty years have seen her fall
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