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A varied selection but nothing to write home about ...
on 12 October 2015
I would say there was a variety of stories, some good, some not bad, and some very quickly read so I could move on and forget them. The actual Victorian Mystery couldn't by any stretch of the imagination be called a 'short' story - it went on for ages and ages and ages, and while I like historical mysteries and mysteries with twists, this one took an awful long time to get to the point as there were so many characters introduced chapter after chapter. It was about a missing diamond and went into who could have taken it, why that person would have taken it, and who else had motive and opportunity to take it. I had to finish the story (I've started so I'll finish) of course but found myself cursing under my breath every time I went back to find out about this "bloody missing diamond", to the point where it became a chore and towards the end I wasn't sure I really cared amymore who took it or why. However, I got to the end and without being too uncharitable, I will only indicate that it wasn't one of Charles Dickens' finest.