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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
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May 28, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: mysteries
Read from May 28 to June 04, 2012

I desperately wanted to love this - another queen of crime who's writing I wasn't familiar with. However compared to Sayers and Christie, her characters are a bit flat. The mystery itself is an interesting premise, but solved through happenstance with an ending that was highly unlikely.
When there was dialogue on the page, the book was great, but an over abundance of Dickensian 2-page-paragraphs means that Tey's writing doesn't translate well to the modern day reader. If she had slashed some of her narrative for a bit more character building, we might have a winner.
On the whole, good for those who have literally read everything else.

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