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    September 22, 2014

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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Ah, there's nothing quite like a JDC Gideon Fell mystery to challenge the wits of the armchair detective, is there? And the great thing is, I like Fell's character too.

    Bev Hankins

    Les: I read this one two years ago. Much as I love Carr, it just struck me as very over-the-top farce. The mystery was decent but it kind of reminded me of a Scooby Doo episode with all the dashing about....and it even ends with the culprit blaming it all on "those meddling kids." And, there's not nearly enough of Fell. As you point out, we have him at the beginning when Morgan begins his story, in the middle for an intermission, and then the wrap up. I much prefer the stories where Fell is more involved throughout.

    Les Blatt

    Margot, this one is so purely armchair detective, too - Fell literally solves it by listening to an account of what happened and spotting the clues. My edition, in fact, contains footnotes at the end referring you to the page on which a particular clue was given. Now THAT's rubbing your nose in it!

    Les Blatt

    Bev, as I said, this is by far the most farcical of any of the Carr novels - even more so than some of the H.M. books. I agree it's overdone. And I think it's more Three Stooges even than Scooby Doo...assaulting the captain with bug spray? But the mystery is so cleverly done, the impossible situation so clearly laid out, that I still enjoy rereading it.

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