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Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
A good one! The vicar narrates. Miss Marple is next door.


The Sittaford Mystery (1931)
Grumpy hermit bachelor is murdered in a blizzard in the country. Table-tipping reveals the death! Intrepid young woman detective Emily Trefusis ingratiates herself perfectly with everyone and is a bit manipulative but not passive. "Someone I can really rely on" is her key phrase. I would like more stories with her!

Somewhere right around here, I noted extra extra racism, anti-semitism especially. (Though Germans are no longer evil as they were in Christie's books from the 20s).

Peril at End House (1932)
Magdala "Nick" Buckley keeps nearly getting killed. Poirot and Hastings are on vacation (What in holy hell happened to Hastings' wife Bella (or Dulcie), back on the ranch in Argentina? She barely gets a mention. And what is her name really? )

Lord Edgeware Dies (1933)
My copy of this had a page with the book title at every chapter break so I would see a screen filled with "Lord Edgeware Dies". It made me laugh every time. Gets right to the point. This is the one with American actresses.

Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
I read this out of order. It holds up well no matter how often I read it!

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934)
I shall find out the answer to this tonight.

In between, I read a bunch of the Victorian Mystery Megapack:

THE LENTON CROFT ROBBERIES, by Arthur Morrison
THE HOUSE OF CLOCKS, by Anna Katharine Green
MISSING: PAGE THIRTEEN, by Anna Katharine Green
A JURY OF HER PEERS, by Susan Glaspell
THE DONNINGTON AFFAIR, by G.K. Chesterton and Max Pemberton
INTRODUCING MR. RAFFLES HOLMES, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE ADVENTURE OF THE HERALD PERSONAL, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE BIG BOW MYSTERY, By Israel Zangwill

Somewhere in the middle of GK Chesterton I realized that my extremely opiated brain can't cope with long Victorian sentences. I read on but none of it stuck. So it is back to Christie.

Susan Glaspell got me looking things up on Wikipedia -- her story was completely brilliant -- either the story was based on her play "Trifles" or the other way round. This also led me to read about Heterodoxy and to make a stub of a wikipedia article for Marie Jenney Howe because it was so horrible that her name redirected to her husband's short and boring entry; she particularly objected to being called Mrs. Frederic Howe so it seems a cruel joke for her not to even exist other than as a footnote in his entry, when she was so very cool and beloved. I started planning/making a zine called "Heterodoxy to Marie" which is the name of the scrapbook they all made for her.

Then got to reading about how in the 1913 suffrage march, NAWSA tried to make the women of the Alpha Suffrage Club march in back of the march so as not to hypothetically offend the Southern white women. Grotesque.

I went to the doctor only to find it was the wrong day. It is next week. My doc emailed me back to say he will get the ultrasound report on Monday, he will make me an appt with the gastro guy again. That probably means another upper endoscopy. Arrrrrr.

Ate a potsticker. Did I feel sicker than if it were crackers? Yes.

Date: 2014-01-11 05:35 am (UTC)
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I didn't know that a play is linked to "Jury of Her Peers"! I adore that story (perhaps "adore" is the wrong word given the content).

Date: 2014-01-11 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] vaurora
Haha, I like that it's a trend that authors can't keep track of the detective's sidekick's wife. (Two is enough for a trend, right?)

http://www.sherlockpeoria.net/Who_is_Sherlock/WatsonsWives.html

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