Mai Yamani

Wednesday reading — it's a mystery

What I've been reading

I read The Man in the Queue, the first Alan Grant book. (I don't usually read books out of order, but I had to wait a long time for copies of these two.) It reminded me a bit of that errors commonly made by inexperienced murder-mystery novelists cartoonthe mystery is, in fact, too clever to be solved!—but hey, I'd much rather have too clever than insuffiicently clever.

I read To Love and Be Wise, which was utterly delightful in every way and made me very sad to be out of Inspector Grant books.

I wonder what would happen if Inspector Grant and Inspector Alleyn met each other? They're far from identical, and yet similar enough that I think they might put each other's hackles up.

I read The Child's Child, one of Ruth Rendell's books published under the name Barbara Vine. I was drawn to it for the promise of the novel within the novel, and I thought it was really well done, but the frame story is all set-up and distressingly little resolution. It feels very lopsided.

I read The Monster of Florence, because apparently we're doing that on Hannibal this season. Not having been familiar with Il Mostro when I read the novel Hannibal, I had caught the overt references but missed all the Monster-adjacent material that Thomas Harris shamelessly stole repurposed in that book. I now feel better apprised, if not prepared, for the rest of season three. (I'm not sure it's entirely possible to be truly prepared.)

What I'm reading now

Finally got my copy of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography in!

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I keep wishing for a fanfic in which Inspector Grant persuades Miss Pym ...

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... to apologize to her first suspect, preferably before any bridges are burnt.

Or in real life, some explanation of why Miss Pym didn't ever apologize and let first suspect off her penance. Or did she, and Tey thought it too obvious to be worth mentioning.

Or, if Tey preferred the sad ending, still what was Pym's reason?



Edited at 2015-06-18 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was so confused that she didn't seem prepared to do anything once she figured out what had really happened! She spends all that time agonizing about what to do in the first place and then she just…sticks with it? Not only is she letting that one girl martyr herself for no good reason, that other girl seems kind of dangerous. I see no reason to believe she wouldn't kill again someday, if she wanted to. If you take the law into your own hands, you have serious responsibilities!