Meeting my old friends, Lupin and Holmes, is incredibly refreshing. This novel packs two of my favorite characters into one delicious novel. Like ordinary foods wrapped in bacon this novel is greater than the sum of its parts. At first glance, you might assume that Leblanc would favor the character he created by making Holmes look like foolish. Leblanc is too good of a writer to stoop to corrupting the classic Holmes character. Rather you find that Holmes and Lupin both show remarkable insight, intelligence and cunning. Ultimately neither character triumphs because they never play by the same rules. Lupin has access to his vast criminal network alongside the home field advantage of Paris and France in general. Holmes is restricted by the law and his relative unfamiliarity with the region and its people. It is a rollicking good time though.
A mysterious jewel has been stolen, a man murdered and Lupin has evaded capture in a most mysterious way multiple times in a row. The French police force alongside its most celebrated detective is at a complete loss of where to go next. The clues seems to dissolve into thin air and Lupin has apparently managed the scientific marvel of teleportation. In these humbling circumstances Herlock Sholmes(name changed for copyright reasons) is called to Paris to solve the case. Arriving in Paris, Sholmes and Lupin have a chance meeting at small restaurant. Lupin chides Sholmes who appears flustered by the encounter. In his British matter of fact way, he explains to Lupin that he will wrap up the case in 10 days because he has other mysteries to unravel back home in England. Lupin laughs at this hubris and the dash is on to solve the mystery of the blonde lady. Sit courtside at the match of the century: Arsene Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes.
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I believe that most people do not want to tell the truth. The live constantly doling out white lies and half truths. Continuous honesty may seem stressful but it is only a slight adjustment from my normal blunt, sarcastic sensibilities. Bridges would no doubt be burned but I doubt any would fall into complete disrepair and break completely. Likely I would only ruffle some feathers and singe some wings leaving my personal relationships largely intact. The most difficult interactions would likely be those with pure strangers that I had never met previously. At worse they would find me standoffish and unhelpful. Any of my future success in extreme truth telling would lie with my philosophy that one should have strong opinions about silly things and have moderate opinions about things others take seriously. In other words, I am more likely to be annoying arguing about old books and be more tempered while discussing religion.
Bob and his friends at the rich peoples club have had a few drinks each and are proposing a silly little bet. They don’t believe that someone could say the strict literal truth for a week. With a few pints already in him, Bob ups this bizarre bet to three weeks. Later that night with his friends goading him on he begins to realize the error in his reasoning. This will be tough on Bob whose honesty will likely confuse and upset his high class friends. These rich people are regularly coddled with white lies and half truths. They are less equipped to handle strict literal truth than the average man or woman on the street. But his friends have stipulated that he must act as he would before the bet. That means he cannot become a hermit for a month. This is a rollicking adventure where each chapter tries to best the previous one in bringing fresh hell to Bob’s life. Poison the dog and arrest the psychiatrist before reading Nothing But the Truth.
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How much can one trust oneself amidst confusing circumstances? At what point does someone dismiss the talking flamingo as a hallucination? At what point does ones sanity become suspect? I suffer from a persistent case of deja vu. A small part of me suspects that I am in a coma in some hospital with loved ones and trained professionals watching over me unmoving body. What can I do to confirm that I really am in a coma? Nothing obvious comes to mind so I continue living as before hoping that my reality is real and that I am not in a coma. For these reasons witnessing a murder and finding the killer and the dead body gone would confuse me. Very quickly I would dismiss my own perceptions and give myself the benefit of insanity. Those prone to paranoia frequently dismiss their wildest assumptions. Luckily in this novel Mr. Brice trusts his initial observations.
Mr. Brice has just witnessed a murder. He saw what appeared to be a struggle through the obscuring, tempered glass across the hall and he heard a shot. Rushing in as quickly as he could he finds no one. He also finds no guns or blood around the office. He can’t even locate the secretary. The only evidence to back up his assertion is the smell of smoke from a freshly fired pistol. Where is the dead man and who killed him? Find out with The Man Who Fell Through the Earth.
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One difficulty every detective faces is when the interpret clues and convict the wrong person. How you react under this foreseen difficulty defines your worth as a crime solver? A crappy detective looks at the available clues and creates one possible version of the murder. A better detective looks at the available clues and finds a highly likely version of the murder. An ace detective looks at the available clues and finds the only possible version of the murder. Grant Colwyn lies somewhere between the better and ace detectives in the rankings. He is unable to instantly and smoothly cut through the bullshit and arrive at the only possible right answer. At the same time, he is able to cut out most of the unimportant details and focus on the vital facts of the case. As someone who doesn’t like to be wrong, even momentarily, the detective business is not for me. I sure do enjoy watching others take a try at it.
Grant Colwyn is vacationing along the Norfolk coast at a large hotel. At breakfast Colwyn and a doctor see a young man acting strangely. The doctor quickly diagnoses the young man with a rare nervous disease that can cause unremembered fits of violence. He moves to stop a senseless act and confront the young man as he quickly rises from the table. Upon confrontation the young man promptly faints and must be carried to his room by Colwyn and the doctor, a famous nerve specialist. Upon waking up the young man leaves the hotel quickly, clearly embarrassed and annoyed with the whole ordeal. A day later, the young man is the lead suspect in a murder occurring at a small inn not too far away. The doctor takes this as conclusive proof of his correct diagnosis but Detective Colwyn is unsure. Soon we find that the unimpressive young man is actually the youngest member of an eminent British family. And what do the ghostly rumors have to do with it? Close your eyes when you hear noise from The Shrieking Pit.
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The locked room mystery is a classic for a reason. Like a murderous Rubiks Cube it delights and confounds every way you twist it. Another type of classic mystery story and my personal favorite sub-genre of detective novel follows the amateur detective. This may not even appear at first to be a sub-genre. In fact the majority of detective novels seem to neatly slide into this category. Let me specify. I am speaking only of the first case tackled by an amateur detective. For example, Miss Marple would be in this genre only the first time she confronts a murderer. For the most part, the big names don’t fall into this genre because they quickly become old hands at the detecting game. This little book combines the two themes in arrangement with a pinch of romance thrown in as well. Comfort food at its best.
Otis Landon, a lawyer, is in the benign habit of getting the newspaper the moment it falls on the doorstep and looking across the hall. Many times he only sees Charlotte, his neighbor’s servant, retrieving the morning paper as well. Yet he wakes up early everyday in the hopes of seeing his attractive neighbor, Miss Janet Pembroke, answer the door. Today is different. A man rushes past Mr. Landon as the lawyer is leaving his apartment. Miss Pembroke exits the opposite flat and hustles the doctor into her flat in great distress. She thinks her uncle is sick but in fact he’s been murdered. A small metal pin pushed into his skull while he slept killed him instantly. The problem is that only three people were in that flat last night behind a locked door and shuttered windows: his neighbor, her servant and the murdered man. Who is the murderer and how did they get through the locked door? Pull out your magnifying glass and play amateur detective alongside Mr. Landon by following A Chain of Evidence.
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One of the hardest feats that an author can accomplish is not allowing the reader to skip ahead to the end. I don’t mean physically; the annoyed reader can flip to the final chapter at any point. There is no reader comprehension test that unlocks each successive chapter. No, the author must simultaneously convey that the end is worth waiting for while not ruining it. The end must be the only possible option, an inevitable conclusion, that the reader could never have dreamed up independently. That is a large weight for mere words to bear. Sometimes the plot is so original that the ending feels flippant and irrelevant. Other times the plot is engaging but the ending becomes so fixed and clear ahead of time that the reader is forced to leave early from boredom. Maurice “Mo’ Mystery” Leblanc has the knitters gift. The ability to dangle many different yarns in front of the audience before at the very last moment crafting them into a nice fashionable story.
Paul Delrose embarks on a WWI spy thriller like no other. The entire time you keep asking: how can all these characters be in two places at the same time? His journey begins with his marriage to Elisabeth as rumors of a French-German war start brewing. The happy couple is innocently decides to marry now. They wonder who would want war in these happy times. The pairs positive outlook, tinted by the recent marriage, blinds them to war until it has snuck up behind and jumped them. A depressed Paul heads off to the front lines to fight for France with lingering concerns about his country and his recent marriage corrupting his thoughts. Meanwhile, a confused Elisabeth stays in her families large castle near the French-German border against Paul’s wishes to clear the name of her mother. What has her mother, who died when she was young, been accused of? Paul recognized her in a family portrait and is convinced that she is the same woman who murdered his father. Brush up on your French and search for The Woman of Mystery.
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The desire to be personally invisible is not a popular one. I have not conducted studies but it seems people try to reach the limelight more than they try to flee it. One wonders if invisible people, not people who are visually invisible but those that blend in and are overlooked, purposely shun attention or if they take no energy towards reaching the spotlight.
In The Green Jacket, Jennette Lee introduces us to a genre busting detective. Strong, smart, forgiving, and quiet Millicent “Millie” Newberry attacks her work like a combination of two great fictional detectives Ms. Marple and Father Brown. The younger than middle aged, slightly plump Mrs. Newberry, frequently dressed in grey and green, has the power to melt into the background like a younger Ms. Marple. While Ms. Marple is overlooked because of her age, bearing, and gender Millie is overlooked because of a cultivated attitude of indifference and a false appearance of inattention. This new female detective takes leniency to the level of Father Brown proclaiming that she does not trust the modern jail system. Instead, she finds the criminal, if one exists, and decides if jail is the best option. Most murderers are flung behind bars; sympathy is found for petty thieves, embezzlers, thugs and other small time criminals. Her office has grown very large with many well dressed women and men busy at typewriters, desks, and office chairs. Millie’s old boss, Tom Corbett, introduces her to an cold case he could never solve. An emerald necklace stolen without a trace. Unlike some crime fiction where the lines of good and evil are defined cleanly Millie must decipher a crumpled mess of lies, distrust, and misunderstand. She moves with class, dignity and sympathy in pursuit of that shining green necklace. This book is like a winter blanket and a cup of hot chocolate for the detective novel aficionado. Stand up and try on The Green Jacket.
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