goodreads people, you need to get your act together re book editions. Mine is NOT the kindle version, but the ISBN says it is. Arr3.7 or thereabouts;
goodreads people, you need to get your act together re book editions. Mine is NOT the kindle version, but the ISBN says it is. Arrgh.
original publication date: 1939 more about plot, etc., here .
Murder in Stained Glass is the opener of a new series of old titles all falling under the heading of "American Queens of Crime", issued by Pepik Books. Claire Theyers, the owner and director of this small press, has stated that "only quality fiction" that she's read and "truly enjoyed makes it into the series." Bravo for her -- and good for me, since like Ms. Theyers, I am constantly on the lookout for books from authors whom, as she notes, are "long forgotten about and their stories gathering dust in bookshops and charity stores."
The blurb on the back cover of this book notes that "If you like Agatha Christie then you'll love Miss Trumbull," and while this book may definitely appeal to Miss Marple fans, Miss Trumbull is a delight on her own, and certainly no elderly sleuth with a knitting bag. She is quite independent, both in terms of money and personality, and doesn't let little things like an attempt on her life or potentially dangerous situations get in her way. The novel also has one of the best twists that I must say I never saw coming -- and in this book, there are a number of potential suspects as well as a few well-placed red herrings that will keep any reader guessing. Yes, it's a bit dated but once in the mindset of the period, it became a fun, interesting and delightful read. Recommended for vintage crime readers. ...more
What a fun book! Fantomas is one seriously evil genius, and his nemesis, Inspector Juve, is one determined policeman. Not only is this book fun, but iWhat a fun book! Fantomas is one seriously evil genius, and his nemesis, Inspector Juve, is one determined policeman. Not only is this book fun, but it ends in a complete cliffhanger so I had to buy book two, The Exploits of Juve (Juve contre Fantômas), just to see what happens. I have this feeling that I'll end up with the entire set of Fantômas novels if the ending of book one is any indicator.
A series of heinous crimes leads Inspector Juve of France's Criminal Investigation Division to believe that they are all the work of a single mysterious evildoer: Fantômas. Trying to catch him, though, is going to be tough. There are some people who even doubt as to whether or not there actually is a Fantômas; one magistrate tells Juve that
"Fantômas is the too obvious subterfuge, the cheapest device for investing a case with mock honours. Between you and me, you know perfectly well that Fantômas is merely a legal fiction -- a lawyers' joke. Fantômas has no existence in fact!"
But Juve thinks he knows better -- he is obsessed with finding this elusive figure and has been after him for years. Events just may prove him right, as they put him on the trail of this mysterious and sinister crime genius, but in this book, nothing is ever as it seems.
for more of a look at this novel, you can click here to get to my reading journal's crime page; otherwise, I'll just say that I'll most definitely recommend the book to people who are into old classics or into fun sort of pulpy mysteries or to those who want something very much off the beaten path. This book (if you'll forgive the trite phrase) held me spellbound the entire time I was reading it -- and I can't think of a better recommendation for a couple of days' worth of sheer reading enjoyment. ...more
okay - after a rethink, I'll pump it up to 3.3,3.4 or so because I was liking it before the last 60 or so pages. This is why I hate star ratings -- Iokay - after a rethink, I'll pump it up to 3.3,3.4 or so because I was liking it before the last 60 or so pages. This is why I hate star ratings -- I can't convey what I feel by using stars. 3.3 to 3.4 is about right for my feelings about this novel.
This is a real-world book group read, and I picked it because of its discussion potential. Unlike everyone else that seems to have been blown away by this novel, I didn't love it. What I did like was its focus on perspective and the idea, as espoused by one of the characters in this book, that "You don’t always see how much other people are shaping you.” Here this applies not only to each of the individual lives of the three main characters (successful and famous Nell Stone, loosely based on Margaret Mead, her husband Fen, and the man whose story this book truly belongs to, Andrew Bankson) but also to the cultures they are studying first hand. It also has relevance on horrific events that happened later during World War II, which is really outside of the time of this novel (1930s) but which has its roots among these three people. I will admit to being totally sucked into this book for various reasons, but then came the last 57 or so pages, when in my opinion, things fell apart royally. From page 199 on, I thought the novel sort of moved into the melodrama zone beginning with Fen acting on his desperate desire to achieve some sort of lasting fame on his own with no thought at all to the consequences of his actions; although it is in keeping with the idea of factors shaping a person's actions, it was enough to tone down my enthusiasm. Well, that and my feeling that if an author's going to give us a disguised version of someone who is so well known, taking the kind of liberties she did with reality here at the end just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I get that in the midst of several 5-star reviews I'm once again that fish swimming upstream here, but well, I can't help it.
I marked this as "want to read" but I have no intention of reading it. So if anyone in the US wants this novel (I truly dislike domestic fiction, whicI marked this as "want to read" but I have no intention of reading it. So if anyone in the US wants this novel (I truly dislike domestic fiction, which is what it looks like), you can have it for the cost of a private message with an address. I'll pay the postage. Please -- give my book a home!...more
More later. For now, I'll say that it's an eye popper, not so much because of the meth phenomenon itself, but more due to, as the back cover blurb sayMore later. For now, I'll say that it's an eye popper, not so much because of the meth phenomenon itself, but more due to, as the back cover blurb says, "the cavalier complicity of government and corporate politics that is destroying the homeland..." -- think big pharma and the food industry. But as usual, more later. ...more