more on anne holt's whodunit & welcome to cantonrep.com blog community
greetings to the regular irregulars who read this blog. and greetings to the cantonrep.com newcomers who are interested in reading and writing. and greetings to those of you who are surfing and accidentally came across this whodunit? blog. and finally greetings to those of you who joined us by mistake while you were really trying to get to the how-to groom-your-dog and/or your boyfriend blog.
for those of you who are new, i start out with comments (yours, please, and mine), talk about books and writing, and end with news of contests or journals looking for submissions, as long as neither one asks you the contestee or submitter to pay.
here's my comment or invitation for today: if anyone out there in the blogosphere will be in downtown canton (why not?) tomorrow, friday, night, please stop by and see me. it's first friday and brennis and todd at second april said i could set up near their court ave. entrance or back door to the 2nd april galerie. i'll be signing copies of just published eloquent tattoo and maybe turning leaves. even if you don't buy a book, i'll be happy to see you, sort of.
in my previous blog i talked about and recommended anne holt's 1222.
now that i have finished it, i would like someone else who has finished it to tell me (this is too preposterous to be a spoiler) was that really supposed to be osama bin laden hiding out in the basement of the hotel?
i also neglected to mention that in many ways the book is a tribute to agatha christie and her 'and then there were none.' this is not only my interpretation. anne holt, herself, says, "I thought about agatha christie's and then there were none. I immediately tried to dismiss the thought. and then there were none is a story that doesn't exactly have a happy ending." but it is a locked room murder mystery as is 1222.
chapters are titled according to different measurements of the beaufort scale. according to wilkipedia (o.k. for me to use as this is not a true research paper!) 'The Beaufort Scale is an empirical measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or on land. Its full name is the Beaufort Wind Force Scale.' this relates directly to the blizzard that isolates the people taking shelter in a hotel that is marvelously, almost supernaturally, supplied with good, fresh food.
marlaine delargy is the translator. scribners is the publisher. and the novel is 313 pages.
i'll move to another mystery set in another continent next blog. from norway to china, one reason why mysteries are so much fun.