July 1, 2022


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Gardening, Grownup Nancy Drew and Hitman

Kirkus’ authentic assessment for this 1941 thriller compares it to each satin and velvet. I infer from the assessment that “satin” refers back to the softness of the prose and “velvet” to the novel’s romantic subplot. If I needed to contribute extra material comparisons, I’d go for cotton (flamable), denim (ages nicely), and lace (intricately patterned).

It’s Nancy Drew for adults. A rich household has gathered at an property surrounded by pine bushes on the shores of Lake Superior, solely to see their romance shattered by a collection of malicious pranks that escalate into homicide. Just one lady, the indomitable Ann Homosexual, is courageous sufficient to level the finger on the perpetrator – by setting herself up as human bait!

“The Chuckling Fingers”, which has been considerably forgotten, has twists and sharp dialogue. After swallowing it, I learn all of Mabel Seeley’s books and located solely certainly one of equal high quality (“The Listening Home”). The remainder is under common. However no matter; we will all agree that two glorious mysteries are a significant contribution to society.

Learn for those who like: The 1944 movie ‘Gaslight’, Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’, eavesdropping, taking liberties, Minnesota
Out there from: Newly reissued by Berkley or out there in different kinds at your favourite used bookstore