2007: 189. Hand in Glove

“While he waited for the water to boil, Alfred Belt stared absently at the kitchen calendar: WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE LITTLE CODLING GARAGE.”

Hand In Glove, Ngaio Marsh -

The last mystery of 2007, and the last Marsh I plan to read for a while.  I don’t want to say this one is dull, per se,* but I will say that when I came to blog about it, I remembered literally nothing of the plot until I looked at the back cover.  Even then I had to reread the last pages to remember who did it.  It is a perfectly workmanlike mystery but has nothing that made it stick out.  This is the way that I think Christie has Marsh beat - Marsh’s best characters are much, much more realistic than Christie’s, but Christie’s books, if less realistic are more memorable, as a whole, at least in my opinion.**

The mystery itself? A man is killed, and the suspects include his ex-wife, his stepson, his roomate, his sister, his sister’s adopted child and her ne’er to do well lover.  Just your typical work week for Roderick Alleyn...

Recommended for: People looking for a mystery to read, who aren’t dying for something new and spectacular.

*It’s not really - just a perfectly serviceable mystery of its kind, nothing new about it.

**Now, how much of that is because I grew up reading Agatha Christie is open to debate, but on the other hand, I don’t see the BBC putting out a brand new version of the Alleyn mysteries this year as they have with Miss Marple, so I can’t be the only one who thinks this way!

Date/Place Completed: 12/16/07        ; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction

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