FF: Mostly Mystery

Mei-Ling Reads

One of the things I really like about reading older mysteries is that the prose can be so incredibly good. 

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

A reminder that I’m always happy to hear what you are reading!

Recently Completed:

Traitor’s Purse by Margery Allingham.  Tenth book in her Albert Campion series. This one is tense, with Campion suffering amnesia and finally facing how screwed up his priorities are. 

Right to Die by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.  A Nero Wolfe.  Published in 1964, the speech in the first chapter could have been made by many a Civil Rights activist today. 

More Work for the Undertaker by Margery Allingham.  Twelfth book in her Albert Campion series.  A return to her pre-War type of settings, with quirky characters and a very localized problem.  Introduces Charlie Luke, who will become Campion’s “active” police ally in later books.

In Progress:

Death of a Dude by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.  A Nero Wolfe.  This one takes Archie, and later Nero, to Montana, outside of their usual comfort zone.

Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham.  Thirteen book in her Albert Campion series.  Often regarded as the best in the series, it deals with PTSD in a very creative manner.


As usual, the beginning of the month brought in a bunch of periodicals, and I’ve been doing what might be called “channel surfing,” if that could be applied to print media.


4 Responses to “FF: Mostly Mystery”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    More Work for the Undertaker looks like an often read, loved book. Especially with the rubber band!

    This week I finished Penric’s Progress by Lois McMaster Bujold. The third story was good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two. Much was repetition of situations from the first two stories. Still, I enjoyed the book.

    I began Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton. He can’t write a short book and this one is no exception – 808 pages. I am about half way into it. It is a war book, except it is a company invading a planet rather than a government. He gives a LOT of detail of weaponry and technology. But he has good characters and the plot is interesting.

    • janelindskold Says:

      More Work for the Undertaker is a loaner from my friend, Yvonne. That’s real trust and friendship, loaning someone a book you’ve had for so long. I read with great care, like I was handing an archaeological artifact.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    With Ben going back to school two days a week, I thought I’d have more time to read. I still keep falling asleep😂 I guess it will take longer than two weeks of two “free” days to actually *have* free time. He was out of school for more than six months, I shouldn’t expect to jump back into pre-March routines.🤷🏼‍♀️

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