You can blame JJ over at The Invisible Event for this idea. He recently announced that he was going to do a chapter by chapter review of Fog Of Doubt by Christianna Brand. Brad at Ah Sweet Mystery then decided to do a similar thing with The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson. Now, this isn’t a new thing but I’ve never been one to let a bandwagon casually sail past without jumping on it so I thought I’d give it a go myself. Brad intimated in his post that this was something that would be difficult in this neck of the woods given the Spoiler Free And Proud motto – in fact, he referred to my spoiler free nature as making me the most prolific tease in the blogosphere. So of course this just made me more determined to try it – without spoiling the book of course.
But which book to try? Well, that’s where you come in, dear reader.
I decided to apply a few conditions to my choice of book, mainly due to the fact that while I intend to keep it spoiler free, I might edge closer to the line than I normally do so it has to be:
- Golden Age;
- readily available or ultra obscure;
- something I haven’t read yet;
- with a reasonable number of chapters – 10 to 20;
- a whodunit – not inverted nonsense here.
I’m off work next week so that seems to be the ideal time to do it, as I want to write my thoughts down after every chapter, so I need to get thinking about which book to try. The candidates are:
- The Demoniacs by John Dickson Carr
- The Case Of The Green Felt Hat by Christopher Bush
- Death At The Bar by Ngaio Marsh
- The Venner Crime by John Rhode
- Fear and Trembling by Brian Flynn
No Christie, I’m afraid, as the few I haven’t read are thrillers more than mysteries. So take your pick – which of these should I put under the microscope – or do you have a better suggestion?