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Old 12-23-2011, 07:54 PM   #31
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I've read a few more Agatha's since my last post, they all have surprising endings but I would have liked them to be a bit longer.

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Just finished "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. Very good book.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #34
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I'm going through this terrific series by Andrea Camilleri, set in Sicily, as audiobooks; the awesome English translation has really knocked my socks off!

Start with the first one The Shape of Water and read in order. As an added bonus, there's a lot of foodie porn!
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i like agatha christie so much
the mystery and crime book i read first is hers
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Mine too! (or at least, the first adult one - after Secret Seven, Famous Five, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators et al), but my first was the Mystery of the Blue Train, which I still think is one of her best.

If you like Christie, you should try J. S. Fletcher. I've only recently discovered these, although he was a leading light of the 'Golden Age'. Superb reads - really fast-paced, and very difficult to put down, because almost every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, rather like a radio serial.

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I'm working my way through Ngaio Marsh's books at the moment - I've read the first five so far. Thus far I've not been terribly impressed; the stories seem a little superficial compared to Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers. I'll stick with them - perhaps they get better as they go on?
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They do - once Troy comes on the scene, the characters get more rounded. Marsh was quite scathing about mystery stories, and she seems to have started writing almost as an 'anti-Christie', but as they became more successful, she seemed to become rather fonder of her characters.
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They do - once Troy comes on the scene, the characters get more rounded. Marsh was quite scathing about mystery stories, and she seems to have started writing almost as an 'anti-Christie', but as they became more successful, she seemed to become rather fonder of her characters.
Yes, if you've seen my reviews in the "What are we reading" thread, you'll see that I've said that they really do get enormously better. I've now read up to #7 in the series, and they're now every bit as good as Christie.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:44 AM   #38
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Yes, if you've seen my reviews in the "What are we reading" thread, you'll see that I've said that they really do get enormously better. I've now read up to #7 in the series, and they're now every bit as good as Christie.
I hadn't, and in fact, I was looking for that sort of thread, which is how I found this one, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
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Where can you find the Ngaio Marsh mysteries? Are any in public domain?
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No, none is in the public domain. They are all published as eBooks - in the UK, at least.
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No, none is in the public domain. They are all published as eBooks - in the UK, at least.
Not for another 40 years (I think - pretty sure they have the full copyright period). Most libraries stock them, though - they're still very popular. WH Smith (big bookseller in the UK) has also reprinted them as the Ngaio Marsh collection>

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:57 AM   #43
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An excellent crime noir book is Night Train by Martin Amis. As far as I know, this is the only mystery he's written and it is excellent. Wish he'd write more.
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An excellent crime noir book is Night Train by Martin Amis. As far as I know, this is the only mystery he's written and it is excellent. Wish he'd write more.
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Mine too! (or at least, the first adult one - after Secret Seven, Famous Five, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators et al), but my first was the Mystery of the Blue Train, which I still think is one of her best.

If you like Christie, you should try J. S. Fletcher. I've only recently discovered these, although he was a leading light of the 'Golden Age'. Superb reads - really fast-paced, and very difficult to put down, because almost every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, rather like a radio serial.
Are the Fletcher books available as ebooks? <going to google>
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