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Shelves: fiction Where I got the book; from my bookshelf. Is this cheating? Did we, the readers, really have all the clues in front of us? Lots of hints, maybe, of the Where I got the book; from my bookshelf. Lots of hints, maybe, of the you-better-not-anger-the-bells variety hide spoiler ]--but as murder mysteries go, I find it unsatisfactory. If we all came under the care of pastors like that, I suspect more people would turn up at church on Sunday.
I also find the story wonderfully enjoyable and clever, despite my reservations about the murder mystery itself. By "the story" I mean the tale of the missing emeralds DLS seems to have a thing about emeralds that forms a background to the mystery and still resonates in the lives of the villagers. Right to the end the story keeps moving at a fast pace, never allowing for a dull moment. And the characters The Rector and his wife, Potty Peake, Hezekiah Lavender and Superintendent Blundell are little gems of sharp characterization in few words.
And does anyone else think that Hilary Thorpe is another depiction of DLS, this time a youthful version? The most memorable image, of course, is the bells. The climb up the belfry ladder always, always makes me think of this book and shiver.
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