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I was able to track this one down following your having recommended it to me a little while ago, Les, so it's in my TBR system...but crikey alone knows when I'll get round to it -- hopefully before too long, as it sounds great! That's about the only down-side to this blogging community: the sheer number of amazing-sounding books that people are so enthusiastic about, and the lack of time one has to read them! Still, at least this was relatively easy to find; I've got some I've been looking out for for years now, and still no joy... However, I veer off-topic. Thanks again for the recommendation, feedback on this one once I get to it.
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This not only sounds great but is also one of the Queens I haven't yet read. I seriously need to get back onto my intended project of reading the complete Queen in order -- I struggled with Roman Hat and then couldn't get past the slow and lumpen start to French Powder...but I'm aware that I need to get back onto it before too long or I'm going to miss out on some true classics. *sigh*
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on "The Siamese Twin Mystery" at Classic Mysteries
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Ah, see, I did not know they weren't written in the order they're set -- sounds like some research is needed! Thanks again, Les; I'll start with Chinese Lake Murders and see how I go from there!
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2017 on "The Haunted Monastery" at Classic Mysteries
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Les, you are a gent -- many thanks for these recommendations. So you think it's better to start with The Chinese Lake Murders over The Chinese Gold Murders which I unserdtand to be the first in the series? I'm not too worried about the more Westernised elements; if anything, I'd like it to be less Westernised and more in keeping with the original spirit!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2017 on "The Haunted Monastery" at Classic Mysteries
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This is the second Judge Dee review that I've seen posted his week, Les, and the second one that also sounds quite fabulous. Thus, I shall take the hint that the universe clearly wants me to get to van Gulik before too long and dig out the books of his I have...somewhere. Many thanks!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2017 on "The Haunted Monastery" at Classic Mysteries
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I love the structure of this, how the plot is told through the framing of the funeral at the outset. It's honestly one of the finest pieces of framing I think I've read in the last few years. Plot-wise it's very good, but the skill that went into to the structuring is enough for me to check out more Aird alone.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2016 on "Slight Mourning" at Classic Mysteries
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Really appreciate these recommendations, Les. It's been a while since I've read any Daly and I was wondering recently where the best place to go would be...shall acquire The Book of the Dead forthwith!
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on More of Mr. Gamadge at Classic Mysteries
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I read my first Burton - Death Leaves No Card - last year and really enjoyed it, so have been looking forward to this. In tru style I have a TBR of gargantuan proportions to plough through first, but I remain encouraged by your take on it, Les. Looking forward to seeing Arnold and Merrion together, too, as Merrion only warrants a brief mention in DLNC, and half the joy of these GAD tales is seeing the professional interact with their genius amateur...good times await, it seems!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2016 on "Death in the Tunnel" at Classic Mysteries
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Now THAT is a conversation I'd love to have heard -- you're a lucky man, Les!
Toggle Commented May 2, 2016 on Something About Amelia at Classic Mysteries
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Great to know; didn't realise it was a locked room - nirvana! I'll be reviewing it on my site next week, so here's hoping it's a good un'.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2016 on "Four Lost Ladies" at Classic Mysteries
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I've heard so much good stuff about Palmer over the years, but only just recently got my first one of his - Murder on Wheels - there being only so much time in the average day, and it being considered ungentlemanly to neglect things like personal hygiene. This provides a timely reminder tht I should get on with reading it in case it's brilliant so that I can snatch up the Rue Morgue editions while they're still available...many thanks, Les!
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2016 on "Four Lost Ladies" at Classic Mysteries
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I really ejoyed this one, Les, it's such a great setup: I particularly love the moment early on when the prankster realises that her prank hasn't gone as expected...it's got that lovely sinking moment of realisation where the outcome you were expecting pays off into something far more sinister. I've not read much McCloy, only this and 'Through a Glass, Darkly', and I need to correct that as she seems to have found a lot of novel riffs on the setup and execution of her crimes - she strikes me as having a very fertile imagination that is able to conceive of new ideas, no mean feat in such a crowded field.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2016 on "Mr. Splitfoot" at Classic Mysteries
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Les, thanks so much for this - I've seen the Ramble House Loracs (I am a massive fan of their Rupert Penny and Norman Berrow books, among others) and was trying to pick one to start with...and now you've decided for me! I mean, sure, I still need to clear about 20 books from my TBR before I'll allow myself to buy any more, but when I do I'll be in there like a shot!
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2016 on "Case in the Clinic" at Classic Mysteries
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Looks like a fantastic panel; Klinger's Annotated Sherlock Holmes has pride of place on my shelves, it's an astonishing piece of work.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on Sherlock at Bouchercon at Classic Mysteries
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