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the mystery of a running commentary,
This review is from: At the Chime of a City Clock (Hardcover)
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Now that I've read the book, I'm still not sure what to make of it. I was fully expecting a murder mystery, possibly on the lines of a Chandleresque character with a bit of Christie thrown in for good measure. What we've got is a running commentary on a few people's lives during the latter half of 1931. As with most lives, nobody goes anywhere very much. There are some evocative descriptions of the period, tainted somewhat with some incorrect inclusions but that aside, the anti-hero of the story is a rather aimless lad trying to earn his living selling carpet cleaner. That he somehow falls for the secretary of a man who turns out to be a thief and that she responds to his overtures is rather bemusing. We never find out why she would, although the story seemed to suggest there'd be a reason. 'Fraid not.
When you've finished the book, you're none the wiser - indeed about anything really. It's a pleasant enough book. The writing is such that you do want to keep on reading to see where it leads but, unfortunately, it goes nowhere - except back home to mum.
I'll look out for the author's next novel in the hope that we can progress into a real murder mystery - there should be enough information around to put together a gruesome murder or two and I'm sure the author has the skill to do us justice.