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A Bookshelf Monstrosity

I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with this one; the premise sounds so interesting. Perhaps since I'm not as well-read on du Maurier as you, I might like it better?

Danielle

A Bookshelf Monstrosity--If you like cozy mysteries, you might like this one. I love the setting, but I couldn't get an image of Daphne du Maurier out of my head, so it just didn't quite work for me. I have a feeling that the period and place will appeal to readers and there was a nice gothic touch to it as well.

BooksPlease

I just don't see how this would be successful. If you know anything about Daphne Du Maurier it won't do - unless you can forget about what you know - and if you don't, then the novel could just as well have a fictional character as the sleuth.

It doesn't appeal to me, although the story (without du Maurier) sounds interesting.

Have you actually abandoned the book?

litlove

I think this is what spoils films of books for me, too. I have such an image of characters I've read that seeing them on the screen, looking different, sounding different, acting different, can be a bit hard to take. I've very much enjoyed the two Vargas mysteries I've read, but do hunt around for the perfect book. It's so lovely when you finally find it.

Stefanie

Too bad you didn't click with the book, it seems like it should have been so perfect too. Hope the Vargas book turns out to be good.

catharina

I find it (a bit)difficult to really let go of a book when it doesn't work. Especially when I have been looking forward to reading it or others liked it very much. As if I haven't tried hard enough. Yet time is too precious. Good luck finding the perfect fit for this moment!

Kathleen

Sorry to hear that this wasn't a good one. I would have been drawn to buy it based on the cover alone. It looks beautifully spooky!

iliana

Even if I don't know too much about the real people I still have a problem reading mysteries featuring actual people. I would like to give this one a try but am not in a rush. Hope you'll like the Vargas book better. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it - I've been meaning to check that author out too but you know how it is :)

Darlene

It's so disappointing when a story has all the promise of being excellent and then falls short. Last week, I dug an Agatha Christie out of the discard bin, it was a donation so in great condition. I haven't read anything by her since I was a teen but would love to make time for her books again.

Tiina

If the Vargas book you are reading features the three historians living in the same building but in different floors according to their speciality (newest history in the top floor :)), you are in for a good read. Also the books featuring Adamsberg are good.

Greetings,
Tiina

Danielle

BooksPlease--That was my problem--not being able to put from my mind what I knew about her. I just couldn't imagine her as this fictional character, and perhaps the author wasn't necessarily trying to make Daphne exactly as she was in real life. I think it would have worked for me with an entirely fictional character. I have unfortunately abandoned it. I was afraid I would start getting resentful over the story when it wasn't clicking, so best put it aside.
Litlove--I know what you mean. I think that's why I always read a book first as once I've seen a movie I have a specific person in mind as the characters and I don't really like that. I've been reading the Vargas book and it is pretty quirky, I'm also enjoying it. Not that I'm not also on the lookout for just the right cozy!
Stefanie--The premise sounded wonderful. The execution just wasn't quite right. So far the Vargas is working much better.
Catharina--I also hate setting aside a book I was so looking forward to, but with so many other books I can't wait to read, I am trying to be better about it.
Kathleen--Isn't the cover wonderful? Whoever designed it did a great job. That alone would make me pick it up in a bookstore.
Iliana--I generally stay away from books like that as well. I just lucked out with the Upson. I really liked it. The Vargas is as different as you can get, which is probably a good thing.
Darlene--Oh well, not every book can be a favorite. I ususally do pretty well choosing, but every once in a while one just won't work. I've read very little Agatha Christie, but the books I've read I've really enjoyed and want to read more. I had thought of getting out Murder on the Orient Express, which I think I'll read next (of her books that is...).
Tiina--Hi. I am reading an Adamsberg mystery. He is an unusual guy, but I like Fred Vargas's writing style. I'll have to check out the others you mention, too. Those sound like fun as well. I also like the Parisian setting!

Dorothy W.

It's too bad that this book didn't work out better. I can see your argument, though, that if you have ideas about a person, it's hard to read someone else's version of them when it doesn't match your own (and it probably often doesn't). It's so easy to have someone else's version of the person replace your own, and I worry that will happen. I want to keep my own vision of the person intact.

Danielle

Dorothy--I was so looking forward to this one, it's disappointing not to have enjoyed it more--enough to finish. But I could just never picture Daphne as a sleuth. I don't mind it when historical figures pop up in novels, as long as they are acting as you would expect them to act. But when you put a real person in an artificial sort of environment acting in a way you don't expect them, then it all becomes sort of iffy for me. And I think you're right about not wanting a false idea of a real person to replace my own--I think that's part of the reason I decided to set the book aside. I prefer the image of an older, formidable, and very complex Daphne du Maurier.

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