The narrative is interlaced with diary entries from Juliet Brentano, a captive on Judge Savernake's isolated island, and she accuses Rachel Savernake of killing her parents no spoiler; we read this passage before Rachel appears. It's a masterful setup, and one that keeps the reader guessing about whether the enigmatic Rachel will prove to be a sympathetic heroine or a loathsome villain… or even a combination of the two.
While the book is great, fast-paced fun and has much to recommend, I personally found the intriguing opening and first half of Gallows Court more engaging than its end chapters, after much has been revealed I was ahead of a few of the twists and the resolution is left to attend to the various plot threads. The observation is actually a credit to Martin Edwards, who delivered such a propulsive Act One and engrossing Act Two that one can forgive a little restlessness before the falling of the final curtain.
I would have also enjoyed watching Jacob Flint actively put together the pieces that he has been astutely collecting on his own; instead he gets an assist from a deceased fellow detective via a Dictaphone recording who has already done the heavy lifting. But these are minor quibbles, and Gallows Court has many dark pleasures to discover for mystery fans who don't mind a walk down the wilder streets and alleys of s London.
I received an advance reading copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. K and Poisoned Pen Press U. Many of us are familiar with contemporary cultural crime stories, whether they are brooding Scandinavian thrillers or French urban police procedurals or gritty espionage accounts with spies trotting the globe. I, for one, was particularly interested to explore examples of mystery stories from the first half of the 20th century by non-British, non-American authors.
It turns out, as curator and editor Martin Edwards notes in his informative introduction, that those familiar Golden Age mystery stories from England had a far-flung effect on writers around the world.
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And this influence is helpful—there is no denying the appeal of an impossible crime or locked room story—but it is also potentially limiting, because it suggests that authors with access to unique settings sometimes ignore them to instead meet and copy the expectations of the genre. Full credit should be given to Edwards, who worked with translators and publishers such as Josh Pachter and John Pugmire to locate and select these stories and present them to English language readers, some translated especially for this anthology.
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The plotline is comfortably familiar, with the irritable examining magistrate Tchubikov and his hypothesizing assistant Dyukovsky looking into the disappearance of a retired guardsman. There is a mystery, an investigation, multiple exchanges between two detectives who have differing perspectives one is old, cantankerous, and prone to surface generalities; the other is young, nimble, and inclined to wild surmises , and finally a resolution.
The story also feels ahead of its time, as it both celebrates and punctures the traditional mystery tropes which, at the turn of the century, were still being shaped and solidified. The plot: a hedonistic old man under medical surveillance manages to regularly smuggle spider venom into his room to use as a dangerous narcotic. The solution also recalls one of G. If setting and Indian ensemble were replaced with Anglo-Saxon counterparts, the tone and characterization would lose nothing in translation because there is nothing unique to lose.
Personally, the best examples of genre fiction being enhanced by the social and geographical perspectives of their authors are found in the two stories from Japan. The first-person narrative from a Poe-esque observer of the horrors adds a layer of personal-yet-objective reporting to an otherwise Gothic story. Arguably the most successful tale in the collection is provided by Keikichi Osaka.
The author creates a foreboding sense of tragedy, and a senseless act of murder starts to reveal a logic that is both rooted in the Japanese notion of honor and a sadly inevitable cause-and-effect fatalism for the people involved. Tone, action, and setting all synthesize to deliver an intelligently mournful work of short fiction that transcends any potential genre limitations. Inevitably, a few of the stories here fall short in premise or execution.
Martin Edwards and his partners in international crime are to be commended for gathering and sharing these intriguing, relatively unknown stories from around the world.
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Even while a few authors lean a bit too heavily on the familiar British mystery fiction that clearly inspired them and mute the originality of their own settings and cultures, there is much here to enjoy, explore, and celebrate. Martin Edwards has already earned the title of Invaluable Curator of Golden Age Detective Fiction , and every anthology volume he edits and introduces for the British Library Crime Classics series made available here in the U.
I have previously reviewed two collections in the series, Serpents in Eden and Crimson Snow , and the recently released Continental Crimes offers the same satisfaction for classic mystery fans: an assortment of stories by authors familiar and unknown, this time focusing on plotlines that cast a wider net and venture beyond comfortable old England. France is especially well-represented here, and the setting likely appealed to the largely U. Marie Belloc Lowndes, E. Phillips Oppenheim, and F. Tennyson Jesse each deliver intrigue and deception among the aristocrats — or those just pretending to be — in stories set on the French Riviera.
Oppenheim tells a tale of international espionage among the tony hotels in "The Secret of the Magnifique". Jesse lets her protagonist, Solange Fontaine, observe a lovers' triangle with the objective air of a psychoanalyst in "The Lover of St. And Lowndes, whose detective Hercules Popeau a creation that appeared before Agatha Christie's similarly named Belgian detective, Edwards informs us eavesdrops shamelessly on the conversations of hotel guests in "Popeau Intervenes", manages to outwit both the suspicious Russian Countess Filenska and the sinister-sounding Doctor Scorpion!
Some of the most recognized names in crime fiction are also represented here, and the choices are sound ones. Chesterton's entry "The Secret Garden" has everything that I adore about his best Father Brown tales: a bizarre murder here the beheading of a victim in an enclosed garden , a moment of utter bafflement for the reader, and the blinking, unremarkable Father Brown ready to demystify with an explanation that grounds the bizarre tableau once more in reality. And the most recognized name of all is included, albeit with a lesser-known detective and story.
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Dr Sloper is an acerbic wealthy Manhattan physician whose wife has died leaving him with his daughter Catherine who is neither good-looking nor clever, is of an age to marry. When the very good-looking Morris Townsend comes to call, Dr. Sloper is determined that Catherine will not marry him but her Aunt Pennimen is just as determined that a great match is to be had. It is both funny and sad. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer I was amused that one Amazon reviewer referred to this as a historical novel but I guess in a way it is.
Wolitzer gets all the generational details right but the real strength of the novel is creating well.
Whether it's an election year or not, I enjoy books about politics. This is informative and just gossipy enough to keep one turning pages. It tracks the splits and alliances between former presidents from Hoover to Obama.
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I am a great admirer of Bill Clinton's abilities to connect with people and was especially interested in his interactions with his predecessors. Spoiler alert: Despite the fact that they share party affiliation, Bill and Jimmy aren't best buds. Indeed, Jimmy Carter emerges as a man easier to admire than like. Clinton seems to avoid Nixon initially but is eventually in frequent contact with the disgraced ex-president asking him all sorts of nuts and bolts questions and confiding in the older man about his own struggles in office.
Ronald Reagan teaches Clinton how to salute. Bush become so close that Bush is at his bedside when he wakes up from surgery. There are also wonderful stories of Harry Truman helping to restore Herbert Hoover's reputation, Eisenhower counseling the young John Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy is in over his head, and Nixon and Johnson trying to stay one step ahead of each other.
Though there were times when these guys drove each other crazy Jimmy Carter has a special talent in this regard , there is also a reminder that in times of crisis, they were able to put aside partisan considerations for the good of the country. This should be required reading for current members of the House and the Senate. He enters so fully into the lives of the people whom he interviews that he helps you understand what their lives are like.
All of these families have difficulties but the ones who seem to do best are those who accept and in some cases embrace the difference and who say to their children "I love you as you are" and thereby allow their children to accept themselves. Solomon's book never gets mawkish and his explanations of the difficulties these families face are never facile. I also loved Mr. Solomon's inclusion of all sorts of differences.
He talks about transgendered people, criminals his interview with Dylan Klebold's mother is very moving and geniuses.
I know a bit more about Joshua Bell's relationship with his mother than I might like, but the chapter was very entertaining. Solomon himself is part of this tapestry. As an adult he has married and talks about the feelings he had as he contemplated the possibility of having to raise a disabled child the child is not disabled and Mr Solomon confesses his relief.
Many of the families to whom Mr. Solomon speaks are well off if they can't find a suitable place for their children to be treated they start one and I sometimes fear he may be preaching to the choir. Nonetheless, this is a marvelous book and it's wonderfully written. It deserves the widest possible audience. I dimly remembered that he was the music critic of The Washington Post. Though Mr. Page and I do not have similar taste in music, his sheer enthusiasm for the music he listens to and his ability to describe what is essentially indescribable is fabulous.
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So this wasn't the five hankie book I expected. I just felt that Mary Ann Schwalbe wouldn't have wanted me to cry. Mary Ann Schwalbe is a woman of many accomplishments and enormous humanity.
It is characteristic that when she discovers the jaundice that has plagued her since her return from a third world country is NOT the result of anything she picked up there, she immediately thinks to get that message out to others who travel in exotic areas. She wants them to know that they need to be aware that the illness may not be connected to the travel. It's a measure of the author's skill that I felt connected to both the people in this memoir and the books. I nodded or shook my head when I agreed with their estimation of a particular volume and made note of other books I wanted to read.
I bought "Marjorie Morningstar" but was very frustrated that Mary Ann didn't understand the wicked cleverness of "Brat Farrar. There are so many wonderful moments in this book, it's impossible to cite them all. I liked Mary Ann's refusal to accept less than humane behavior from anyone. She often says to Will. The author also considerately includes a list of all the books mentioned in the memoir--even books mentioned only in passing.
If you consider reading a vital and serious activity--the opposite of dying--as it is described here-- you will cherish this book. Hello Goodbye Hello by Craig Brown. After all, Mr Brown includes long, gossipy footnotes that make the essays longer than the stated words.