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Puppet For A Corpse (Inspector Thanet #3)

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Published (first published 1983)
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Jun 10, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I happened on Dorothy Simpson's books by accident a while back and have quite enjoyed every one that I have read. I like her characters, especially Thanet and his family, and I like that the crimes are not overly gory or spectacular. He has a dogged but human way of solving a case, patiently taking it step by step, so that I often arrive at the answer a little ahead of him and am happy to watch him catch up. This one was brilliantly crafted and I might not have got the answer but for the title o ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Somewhat tedious.
Third book in this series and I still like it. I started this on audio, but the tapes just did not have another play in them. So months after I started this, I finally got the book from another library.

I have been trying to look at appeal factors so that I can compare books that way. For Simpson, I think it is the characterization even more than the mystery. I was tipped to this by Lesa Holstine on her blog, where she said, "Simpson's mysteries are complicated stories about relationships. As Tha
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Jan 05, 2015 Dottie West rated it liked it
A good cozy...a one-hour..
Jul 01, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
Nicely done whodunit.
Mar 27, 2016 Tuğçe rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Hated it. Somewhat original but lacks goriness. The author beats around the bush and leaves some parts unexplained or rather "annoyingly, unproficiently" explained! The real puppet is the reader...
Sep 01, 2013 Kelli marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 07, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Good English mystery, not an author I am familiar with, but will look for more of her work.
Sep 18, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very good. I want to look for more by Dorothy Simpson. Suicide looks like murder -- is it?
Mar 25, 2009 JZ marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery, own
3rd in series
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May 11, 2011 Julie Smart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dorothy-simpson
Very good.
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Dorothy Simpson worked as a French teacher and then for many years as a marriage-guidance counsellor, before turning to writing full time. She is married with three children.
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“Life is not in the habit of producing just what we want when we want it. For every exciting, challenging task there are usually a hundred dull ones to be tackled."

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“The ideal way to live would be always to treat each day, each encounter with loved ones, as one's last. Only thus could one avoid the endless self-reproach, self-recrimination, with which so many flagellate themselves after a sudden loss.” 0 likes
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