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    May 14, 2012


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    Joan Kyler

    I put this in my cart at Amazon, through your site, of course. Mazes terrify me. I'm a bit claustrophobic and got quite frightened in the maze at Hampton Court. I need to get out! Now!

    Ron Smyth

    I read this very recently and while I wasn't as impressed as T. S. Eliot, it was certainly a most satisfying book, well characterized and well plotted.

    Les Blatt

    Joan, mazes can indeed be terrifying. At least at Hampton Court, there are plenty of people around and you can get help finding your way through the passageways - not like the situation at Whistlefield!

    Les Blatt

    Ron, I have had a fascination with such mazes for many years. Have you ever read M. R. James's short story, "Mr. Humphreys and his Inheritance"? If that doesn't put you off mazes, nothing will. I think Connington did a fine job in the several scenes set in and around the Whistlefields maze.


    It's "amazing" (sorry) how many maze mysteries there actually are. I've read a few and I keep running across reviews of others.

    Les Blatt

    Agreed, Bill. Ever been in one of them? It's easy to feel closed in by the tall, dense hedges that make up the paths. Seems like an ideal place for a good murder... ;-)

    Bev@My Reader's Block

    I just picked this one up, Les. After reading your review, I'm eager to get to it.'s probably going to be on the stack until next year. Too many others ahead of it.

    Les Blatt

    Bev, I think it's the best of the Connongtons that I have read (which remains a woefully short list). As for our TBR stacks, I know what you mean - I'm constantly afraid my stack will collapse and bury me under it... ;-)

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