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    February 28, 2016


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    Bev Hankins

    This wasn't one of my favorite Palmers when I read it back in 2013. I thought it a bit uneven and that the puzzle wasn't as strong as in some of his other offerings. The best part for me was Miss Withers' interaction with "Jeeps," the niece of one of the lost ladies.I really liked how Jeeps manages to keep working things so she can stay in the investigation.

    Les Blatt

    Some of the earlier Palmers are indeed stronger, Bev, but I still quite enjoyed this one, especially since Witners and "Jeeps" pretty well have to solve it on their own without Piper's help.

    Bev Hankins

    That is a good point, Les. Maybe I was feeling a bit grumpy that day. :-)

    Les Blatt

    Grumpy? YOU? Certainly not! ;-)


    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!

    Les Blatt

    I think you'll really enjoy Murder on Wheels, JJ - a nice locked room puzzle at heart plus some nice interplay between Oscar Piper and Hildy. Most of my Palmers are the RMP editions, which are - as always - well-packaged and intelligent.


    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'.

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