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You really do make this book sound fascinating. I was considering reading it as a warm-up for the Classics Circuit, but I'm not sure I'll have time. Plus, I'm afraid of what it would do to my TBR list!


Teresa--It is a quick read when you do decide to pick it up, but I suspect you might indeed be tempted by new authors or a desire to reread the famous cozy mystery authors like Agatha Christie. The timing was nice as it coincided with my reading for the Classics Circuit!


I just want you to know that I found all your posts about this book extremely interesting. (So no milking as far as I am concerned.) 'Trent's Last Case' is available for free on the Gutenberg website, I'm definitely putting it on my TBR pile.

Liz F

I can't believe that you haven't read Sara Paretsky, Danielle!
I read her years ago and thought that she, and her lead character VI Warshawski were brilliant. She is a thoughtful writer who seems to have more of a social conscience than a lot and when I saw her on TV over here when she was promoting the most recent book, I was pleased to find that I liked her very much as well.
She has recently written another VI book after a bit of a gap so I am in the process of re-reading the series from the beginning - working on the principle that if I read one a month, I should be up to date by the time the new one comes out in paperback! That's the theory anyway! Hope you enjoy her.


I admire the way you have managed to milk this book so well and each time make me more interested in it :) Now if I only had the time to read it.


As a mystery lover, your posts about this book has been making me itch to get it. I've read lots of Christie, Marsh, Sayers and Allingham, but there's still so many more books out there. Makes me happy.


This is such a great post. I was a massive Agatha Christie fan when I was quite young (it's easy to see why she might appeal to 13 or 14 year olds) and then progressed on to Ngaio Marsh, but I hadn't read any detective fiction for years - until Stieg Larsson. Now I think I might have a taste for it again and this post has been hugely informative. Thanks!


I cannot wait to get a hold of this book! I love reading about the Golden Age writers of mysteries...I really can't get enough of them ever. thanks for your terrific posts on this! I'm also looking forward to discovering some new mystery writers as well.

Buried In Print

Terrific post! Her Time to be in Earnest had the same effect on me, even though, in comparison, it had relatively little on this subject (it fit into a couple of chapters IIRC). On the subject of bookish books by writers who are also fond of mysteries, I really enjoyed Maureen Corrigan's Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading; she has some to say about detective fiction too, if my poor reader's memory serves.


Very interesting observation on the Paretsky books! It took me a while to try and remember if I'd read any! I have, but just the first one in the series. I do have a second book on the shelves so I should give that a try and see what I think. Have fun checking out your new discoveries Danielle!


Ellen--I'm glad you enjoyed them and I highly recommend the book if you liked the quotes. I should have thought about looking at Project Gutenberg--they have all sorts of little treasures--I may have to start reading it online.
Liz--I do have some serious holes in my mystery reading! I think I have always felt the Sarah Paretsky novels would seem too familiar and am always looking for the exotic--as weird as that sounds. In any case I am rectifying it now. I should join you in your (re)reading of her novels--at least with the first, which I now have on hand. I find very often that I will love an author that I had previously dismissed and I bet that will be the case here, too.
Stefanie--It's a quick read, if that helps (which I suspect it won't, because I still haven't figured out a way to grow time). Maybe save it for summer?
Sakura--I've only read a few by Agatha Christie and Margery Allingham and only one by Marsh and Sayers, but it was enough to make me want to read more of their work. I loved reading about this period--it made a lot of sense and put things into some perspective. I may have to look for a more in depth study of the mystery genre now. And I, too, am happy that there are so many more authors to explore.
Rosalind--Am very glad you enjoyed the post. I somehow missed Agatha Christie when I was young but I am sure I would have loved her--so I will read her now as well as the others in her group. I've yet to read Stieg Larsson, which I expect is not at all cozy, but still an excellent read (from what I hear).
Catherine--If you enjoy reading books from this period I think you will like the book. James is such a good writer anyway, I loved getting her insight since she is so familiar with how mystery writers work. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.
Buried in Print--I really need to give her autobiography a try--I suspect I would enjoy that as well as I like her style. I liked hearing about her own writing process and how she created Dalgliesh. And I have Maureen Corrigan's book--a friend (and also a reader) gave it to me one Christmas. Another book I really need to read--books by or about book lovers are always good.
Iliana--I think I never really realized what the Paretsky novels were about, but now they are appealing to me! My mystery pile is literally teetering at the moment.


I read this last week and LOVED it. I was so sad when I had to return it to the library. :( And like you, my TBR list is now sooo much longer,lol.


Eva--Wasn't this a great book? I think I will have to buy at copy at some point as it's all so interesting. And I also added a few authors and titles to my list as well!

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