Friday, October 31, 2014

Day #22,961

Walk km 17,993-17,995: to T&T
Walk km 17,995-18,007: around downtown

Book #514: The Moving Toyshop (1946, Edmund Crispin)
This book has quite a rep among mystery fans but I can't say I like it. This is a book of the whodunit variety. The reason that people think so highly of it is because it's devilishly clever (the two "detectives" are a poet and a university professor and it takes place in Oxford). However, since 1946 the mystery novel has been totally remodelled to throw the emphasis on character instead of plot. And once you've read the new style, this old stuff (no matter how clever) just doesn't cut it anymore.

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