Friday, October 16, 2015

Malice Domestic 9

     Joan Hess, ed. Malice Domestic 9 (2000) A nice collection of purpose-written stories paying homage to Agatha Christie. In the last one, “Oliphants can Remember”, a nasty actor-manager is murdered because he seduced and abandoned a young actress, something he did regularly, but the girl killed herself. His murder recalls Murder on the Orient Express, so does the story succeed? Yes, as a puzzle, as pastiche, and as homage to Christie. Good collection, great for travelling, when you want the occasional fiction bon-bon, not a complete meals ** to ****

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