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Falling star av Patricia Moyes
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Falling star (utgåvan 1982)

av Patricia Moyes (Författare)

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Rich, aristocratic, and at the heart of swinging London, "Pudge" Coombe-Peters has everything except a decent nickname. And in fact, he has two special attributes: He owns the narration - the drawling, deliciously snobbish, all-but-impossibly irritating narration - of Falling Star, and he has a chum named Henry Tibbett, who comes in just awfully handy when people start dying on the set of the film that Pudge is producing. Tibbett is especially welcome because, by the second death, it's clear that we're not dealing merely with murder but with Impossible Crime, the kind of fiendishly clever puzzle that is killingly hard to write and even more difficult to solve. The twisty plot and gorgeously retro setting on their own would make for a splendid read, but adding Pudge to the mix puts it over the top.… (mer)
Medlem:texbrown
Titel:Falling star
Författare:Patricia Moyes (Författare)
Info:Holt, Rinehart, and Winston (1982), Edition: 1st Owl Book ed, 255 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:mystery

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Falling Star av Patricia Moyes

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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
Falling Star takes place in and around the set of an independent movie being shot in London in the 1960’s. Just as things are looking a bit grim financially one of the film’s stars dies in an accident which results in a cash injection from the insurance company. When production starts again one of the technical staff dies and it is soon determined she was murdered. In steps Inspector Henry Tibbett of Scotland Yard to investigate the death. The book’s narrator, a chap called ‘Pudge’ Croombe-Peters, is a social acquaintance of Tibbett’s so is well-placed to reveal the story as well as report on the continued drama unfolding at the film set.

Although the investigative protagonist is a professional detective rather than an amateur sleuth the book is similar in style and content to a contemporary ‘cosy’. The nastier details of murdering and death are left to the imagination and the plot relies heavily on red herrings, a large cast of somewhat quirky characters and a complicated sequence of events that only a supremely intelligent investigator (or reader) could keep track of.

I found the book an easy, perfectly enjoyable read but I imagine the only things I will remember for any length of time are the annoying ones. The book is recounted in a style where the narrator often talks directly to the reader as if the events being described actually took place, for example “I am sure I do not have to remind you of the sensation that Robert Meakin’s death caused…”. I’ve never warmed to this style of writing and when added to the fact the narrator himself is so priggish and stupid that he warrants a good slap rather than a dose of sympathy I did find this aspect of the book a bit hard to take. However the story itself is well-plotted and the other characters enjoyable even if not drawn in any particular depth.

If you haven’t read any Patricia Moyes books (I know I’m not the only one) I would recommend this for fans of a blood-free read with an intricate puzzle to solve, especially the Anglophiles as it seemed to ooze ‘typical’ British-ness from every word. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Rich, aristocratic, and at the heart of swinging London, "Pudge" Coombe-Peters has everything except a decent nickname. And in fact, he has two special attributes: He owns the narration - the drawling, deliciously snobbish, all-but-impossibly irritating narration - of Falling Star, and he has a chum named Henry Tibbett, who comes in just awfully handy when people start dying on the set of the film that Pudge is producing. Tibbett is especially welcome because, by the second death, it's clear that we're not dealing merely with murder but with Impossible Crime, the kind of fiendishly clever puzzle that is killingly hard to write and even more difficult to solve. The twisty plot and gorgeously retro setting on their own would make for a splendid read, but adding Pudge to the mix puts it over the top.

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