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Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
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Recommended for: readers who like noir mysteries

Tuesday’s Gone
By Nikki French

It’s a memorable opening chapter: a London social worker calls upon her psychotic client in one of the city’s slums, and finds her in her apartment entertaining the fly-blown corpse of a young man. Although his present condition makes him difficult to identify, the police are inclined to charge the woman with his murder (whether or not she killed him, she clearly needs to be institutionalized) and let it go at that.

Enter our heroine, psychotherapist Frieda Klein, who has assisted Detective Chief Investigator Karlsson before. After talking with the psychotic woman, Frieda believes that she has not murdered the man (and the physical evidence supports this assertion), and is actually trying in her own way to explain how he came to be there. But how to understand the ramblings of a mad woman?

Frieda has a way of listening to people that makes her a perfect unofficial interrogator, and she is also brilliant (although, the reader suspects, with troubles of her own.) She manages to put the police on the trail of the murdered man, who is identified as a con man whose financial victims seem to love him nonetheless, as the pair finds out in their interviews.

We learn (and the readers of the first book in this series will know already) that Frieda was involved in the apprehension of a serial killer who offed himself before he could be arrested. Or did he? The discerning reader feels a sequel coming on.

I’ll leave out the ending, which you of course don’t want to know anyway, but it is a satisfying one. Frieda is a good foil for Detective Karlsson, who is also likeable, and a satisfying heroine, although the reader does find herself wanting to chide Frieda for her habit of taking long, solitary, nocturnal walks all over London as a means of thinking things out. Fortunately, although she is quirky and brilliant, she does have friends whose presence in the story normalize her.

If you like noir-ish murder mysteries, Tuesday’s Gone will not disappoint. And judging from the title of the first book, Blue Monday, we can look forward to the rest of the week as well.


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Reading Progress

July 28, 2013 – Started Reading
July 28, 2013 – Finished Reading
July 29, 2013 – Shelved
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: reviewed
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: mystery
July 29, 2013 – Shelved as: suspense

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