Peter Temple in Memoriam

41z9X0EdiOL._UX250_It is with sad regret I heard today from Kerrie Smith (Mysteries in Paradise) that Peter Temple, the first crime writer to win Australia’s most significant literary award, the Miles Franklin, has died. He was 71.Temple died at home in Ballarat on Thursday. He had had cancer for the past six months, having dealt with a bout of the disease several years ago. He is survived by his wife Anita and his son Nicholas. (Source: The Age)

From Amazon: Peter Temple is the author of nine novels, including four books in the Jack Irish series. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction five times, and his widely acclaimed novels have been published in over twenty countries. “The Broken Shore” won the UK’s prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger for the best crime novel of 2007 and was made into an ABC telemovie in 2014. Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the first time a crime writer has won an award of this caliber anywhere in the world. Temple’s first two novels “Bad Debts” and “Black Tide” have been made into films with Guy Pearce starring as Jack Irish.

He will be sorely missed. I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends.

So far I have read and reviewed at A Crime is Afoot: Dead Point, The Broken Shore, and Bad Debts.

On My Radar: Jock Serong

Jock Serong’s debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. The Rules of Backyard Cricket is nominated for a 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. On the Java Ridge is his third novel.  Jock writes feature articles in the surfing media and for a wide variety of publications. He lives in Port Fairy, Victoria. He is married with four children, who in turn are raising a black dog, a rabbit and an unknown number of guinea pigs. (Source: text publishing and Goodreads).

I’ve just downloaded onto my Kindle The Rules of Backyard Cricket and I also have on my wish-list On the Java Ridge.

30271762Book description: It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game. Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety—one of those men who’s always got away with things and just keeps getting. Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car. Gagged, cable-tied, a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave. {The Text Publishing Company (17 de julio de 2017)}

34626867Book description: Amid the furious ocean there was no human sound on deck: some people standing, watching the wave, but no one capable of words. On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef off the Indonesian island of Dana. In the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, a Federal election looms and (not coincidentally) a hardline new policy is being announced regarding maritime assistance to asylum-seeker vessels in distress.A few kilometres away from Dana, the Takalar is having engine trouble. Among the passengers fleeing from persecution are Roya and her mother, and Roya’s unborn sister.The storm now closing in on the Takalar and the Java Ridge will mean catastrophe for them all.With On the Java Ridge Jock Serong, bestselling author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket, brings us a literary novel with the pace and tension of a political thriller—and some of the most compelling, heartstopping writing about the sea since Patrick O’Brian. [Text Publishing (31 de julio de 2017)]

See the links below to Bernadette’s reviews at Fair Dinkum Crime:


ON THE JAVA RIDGE by Jock Serong

In memory of Bernadette Bean blogger extraordinaire.

Review: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, 1940 (Hercule Poirot # 19) by Agatha Christie

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 2010. Format: Kindle Edition. File Size: 1063 KB. Print Length: 256 pages. First published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club in November 1940, and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1941 under the title of The Patriotic Murders, then as An Overdose of Death in 1953, before sharing the same title as the UK version, One, Two, Buckle my Shoe. ASIN: B0046RE5GI. eISBN: 978-0-00-742263-0.

descargaAbout the book: A dentist lies murdered at his Harley Street practice… The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his outflung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now in the words of the rhyme can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

More about this book: In the life of Hercule Poirot, not even a dental appointment can occur without a murder, this time, the very dentist Poirot was hoping to see. But while the police are calling it suicide, Poirot knows better and soon it’s not only the dentist who appears to have been murdered. Part of Agatha Christie’s nursery rhyme series, the title is derived from a rhyme of the same name, each line forming clues through Poirot’s investigation. Written during one of Christie’s most prolific periods (particularly for Poirot’s cases) this is among her most political novels. The characters express their political views throughout, but despite Poirot’s own opinions he never lets this colour his perception of a suspect. The story was adapted for TV as part of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1992, David Suchet in the eponymous role. This episode was considered darker than the previous ones, particularly in this series, lacking the comic touches of Hastings and Japp. It was also dramatised by BBC Radio 4 in 2004, starring John Moffatt as Poirot.

My take: Shortly after Poirot’s visit to his dentist, Dr. Morley at 58 Queen Charlotte Street, he receives a call from Chief Inspector Japp. Japp informs him that Dr. Morley has been found dead in his practise. Everything suggests that the dentist committed suicide, even though he did not seem to have any motive that could explain why he did it. Also, if he was killed, who would have wanted to see him dead? He seemed to be a quiet and harmless fellow. But when one of the his last patients that same day, certain Mr. Amberiotis, is found dead as a result of an overdose of adrenaline and novocaine. Japp believes to have found the perfect explanation for it. In Japp’s view, Morley made a fatal mistake, injecting Mr Amberiotis an excessive dose of anaesthetics by mistake and, realizing what he had done, could not cope with the consequences and shot himself. But this explanation does not fully satisfy Poirot, since it leaves many questions unanswered.

Though, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe was published in 1940, it was probably written before the outbreak of the Second World War, which explains both the absence of an explicit reference to the war as well as the bleak tone that it is present between its lines in anticipation of the tragedy that lies ahead.  It also helps to explain that this is one of Christie’s most decidedly political novels. The story also outlines the different ideologies that were present at that time, namely the totalitarianisms be they of the right or the left.  It is also worth noting that the novel addresses an interesting moral dilemma. And I should not forget to highlight that the plot is well crafted and the story is quite entertaining. Even though, in my view, the story has some minor flaws, this is no obstacle whatsoever that may prevent me from including One, Two, Buckle My Shoe  among my favourite in the series. I would like to conclude quoting Curtis Evans who writes in his blog The Passing Tramp: ‘As for One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, I plead a bit of bias here. The awesomely involved murder scheme and Poirot’s investigation of it reminds me of the complex plots designed by such so-called “Humdrum” detective novelists as John Street and Freeman Wills Crofts. If the plot’s the thing, this one has lots of it! And the ending provides an interesting rumination on the imperatives of justice, (a subject that arose the previous year in And Then There Were None)’.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

About the author: Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature. (Source: Wikipedia).

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe has been reviewed at Mysteries in Paradise, Vintage Pop Fictions, and Mystery File, among others.

Harper Collins UK publicity page

HarperCollins US publicity page

Agatha Christie Official Website 

Notes On One, Two Buckle My Shoe


Agatha Christie and Nursery Rhymes

La muerte visita al dentista, de Agatha Christie

Sobre el libro: Un dentista yace asesinado en su despacho de Harley Street. El dentista fue encontrado con una brecha ennegrecida debajo de su sien derecha. Una pistola yacía en el suelo cerca de su mano derecha. Más tarde, uno de sus pacientes aparece muerto por una dosis letal de anestesia local. Un claro caso de asesinato y suicidio. Pero, ¿por qué un dentista cometería un delito en medio de un ajetreado día de citas? La hebilla de un zapato tiene la clave del misterio. Ahora, en palabras de la canción, ¿podrá Poirot recoger todos los palos y ponerlos derechos?

Más sobre este libro: En la vida de Hercule Poirot, ni siquiera se puede tener una cita con el dentista sin un asesinato, esta vez, el mismo dentista que Poirot esperaba ver. Pero mientras la policía lo califica de suicidio, Poirot sabe más que nadie, y pronto no es solo el dentista el que parece haber sido asesinado. Como parte de la serie de canciones infantiles de Agatha Christie, el título se deriva de una canción con el mismo nombre, cada estrofa va formanda las pistas por las que transcurre la investigación de Poirot. Escrito durante uno de los períodos más prolíficos de Christie (por lo que se refiere a los casos de Poirot en particular) esta es una de sus novelas con más contenido político. Los personajes expresan sus puntos de vista políticos, pero a pesar de las propias opiniones de Poirot, nunca deja que esto influya en su percepción del sospechoso. La historia fue adaptada para TV como parte de la serie Agatha Christie’s Poirot en 1992, David Suchet en el papel del mismo nombre. Este episodio fue considerado más sórdido que los anteriores, particularmente en esta serie, al faltarle los toques cómicos de Hastings y Japp. También fue dramatizado por la BBC Radio 4 en 2004, protagonizada por John Moffatt como Poirot.

Mi opinión: Poco después de la visita de Poirot a su dentista, el Dr. Morley en el 58 de Queen Charlotte Street, recibe una llamada del inspector jefe Japp. Japp le informa que el Dr. Morley ha sido encontrado muerto en su despacho. Todo sugiere que el dentista se suicidó, a pesar de que no parecía tener ningún motivo que pudiera explicar por qué lo hizo. Además, si fue asesinado, ¿quién hubiera querido verlo muerto? Parecía ser un tipo tranquilo e inofensivo. Pero cuando uno de sus últimos pacientes ese mismo día, cierto Sr. Amberiotis, es encontrado muerto como resultado de una sobredosis de adrenalina y novocaína. Japp cree haber encontrado la explicación perfecta para ello. En opinión de Japp, Morley cometió un error fatal al inyectarle a Amberiotis una dosis excesiva de anestésicos por error y, al darse cuenta de lo que había hecho, no pudo hacer frente a las consecuencias y se pegó un tiro. Pero esta explicación no satisface completamente a Poirot, ya que deja muchas preguntas sin respuesta.

Aunque La muerte visita al dentista se publicó en 1940, probablemente fue escrita antes del estallido de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, lo que explica tanto la ausencia de una referencia explícita a la guerra como el tono sombrío que está presente entre sus líneas en previsión de la tragedia que se avecina. También ayuda a explicar que esta sea una de las novelas más decididamente políticas de Christie. La historia también describe las diferentes ideologías que estaban presentes en ese momento, a saber, los totalitarismos ya sean de derechas o de izquierdas. También vale la pena señalar que la novela aborda un interesante dilema moral. Y no debería olvidar destacar que la trama está bien elaborada y la historia es bastante entretenida. Aunque, desde mi punto de vista, la historia tiene algunos defectos menores, este no es obstáculo alguno que me impida incluir La muerte visita al dentista entre mis favoritos de la serie. Me gustaría concluir citando a Curtis Evans, quien escribe en su blog The Passing Tramp: ‘En cuanto a La muerte visita al dentista, me declaro algo parcial aquí. El asombrosamente enrevesado plan para cometer el asesinato y la investigación de Poirot sobre él me recuerdan a las complejas tramas diseñadas por los llamados novelistas de historias de detectives “Humdrum” como John Street y Freeman Wills Crofts. Si el argumento es la cuestión, ¡esta novela tiene mucho! Y el final proporciona una interesante reflexión sobre las exigencias de la justicia (un tema que surgió el año anterior en Diez negritos, o eventualmente, Y no quedó ninguno)’. (Mi traducción libre)

Mi valoración; A + (No se demore, consiga un ejemplar de este libro)

Sobre el autor: Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, DBE (Torquay, 15 de septiembre de 1890-Wallingford, 12 de enero de 1976), más conocida como Agatha Christie, fue una escritora y dramaturga británica especializada en el género policial, por cuyo trabajo tuvo reconocimiento internacional.​ A lo largo de su carrera, publicó 66 novelas policiacas, 14 relatos breves y seis novelas rosas —bajo el seudónimo de Mary Westmacott—, además de algunas incursiones en el mundo del teatro con obras como La ratonera o Testigo de cargo. (Fuente: Wikipedia)

Review: Death Makes a Prophet, 1947 (Superintendent William Meredith #11), by John Bude

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British Library Publishing (2017). Format: Kindle Edition. File Size: 2967 KB. Print Length: 280 pages. With an Introduction by Martin Edwards. Originally published in 194. ASIN: B073135562. eISBN: 978-0-7123-6436-2.

DeathMakesAProphet-Website-350x525Book Description: ‘Small hostilities were growing; vague jealousies were gaining strength; and far off, wasn’t there a nebulous hint of approaching tragedy in the air?’ Welworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home-vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups. Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K. Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment, jealousy and dark secrets—which eventually lead to murder. The stage is set for one of Inspector Meredith’s most bizarre and exacting cases. This witty crime novel by a writer on top form is a neglected classic of British crime fiction.

My take: The story takes place at the fictitious town of Walworth to which we are soon introduced as follows:

Welworth is not an ordinary town. It is that rarefied, mushroom-like, highly individualistic conglomeration of bricks and mortar known as a Garden City. There is no house in Welworth over thirty years old. There are no slums, monuments, garden-fences, bill-hoardings  or public-houses. There is a plethora of flowering shrubs, litter-baskets, broad avenues, Arty-Crafty Shoppes, mock-Tudor, mock-Georgian, mock-Italianate villas. There is, of course, a Health Food Store selling Brazil Nut Butter, cold spaghetti fritters, maté tea and a most comprehensive and staggering range of herbal pills and purgatives. Per head of the population, Welworth probably consumes more lettuce and raw carrot than any other community in the country. A very high percentage of the Welworth élite are not only vegetarians, but non-smokers, non-drinkers and non-pretty-well-everything-that-makes-life-worth-living for less high-minded citizens.

In a sense, the previous quote sets the tone for what will come next. The town, it is claimed, shelters some fifty-seven varieties of religious manifestations, which speaks very well of how tolerant it is. Some are orthodox. some unorthodox but well known, and finally there are also others that are unorthodox and unknown. Among the latter, probably the queer, least orthodox and most exclusive sect is that of the Children of Osiris, sometimes referred to as the Cult of Osiris, or Coo, taking the initials of their full title, or more simply, Cooism. Cooism was founded by Eustace K Mildmann, a former provincial bookseller, at the beginning of the nineteen hundred, who had the good fortune to come across Mrs. Hagge-Smith. In the nomenclature of the order, its founder, was the High Prophet, but the true driving force of the movement, its financial pillar, the true director of policy, was Alicia Hagge-Smith. She paid the piper and so, naturally, she called the tune.

But soon, underneath the crust of Cooism, begins to emerge significant changes; small hostilities were growing; vague jealousies were gaining strength; little intrigues swelling into obsessions.     Viewing events in retrospect there seems little doubt that the jumping-off point of this tragedy was Alicia Hagge-Smith’s “vision”. Without her “vision” circumstances favourable to a murder would never have materialised. And without a murder, Inspector Meredith would never have heard of the Children of Osiris. As it was, he always considered it to be one of the most interesting, bizarre and exacting of all his cases.

Martin Edwards points out in his Introduction:

Death Makes a Prophet was the fifteenth Bude book, and is written with the assurance of a seasoned professional. Rather than producing a corpse in the first chapter, the author defers the act of murder for more than half the length of the story, although at this point he offers his readers a double helping of homicide. Throughout the long build-up, he maintains interest with an amusing description of the misadventures of a group of people associated , in various ways, with the cult of Coo. Welworth Garden City proves to be a hot-bed of Cooism, which is “an obliging religion because one could find in it pretty well anything one looked for”. Yet for all their other-worldliness, it soon becomes clear that the cultists have more than their fair share of rivalries, jealousies, and dark secrets.

All in all, it is a very fun and entertaining book that makes you have a good time. But in any case it is quite a light reading even though Bude is able to display all his wit and good craft. I found it amazing that ,in certain aspects, the story has not lost some of its relevance with the passing of time.

My rating: B (I liked it)

About the author: John Bude was the pseudonym of Ernest Carpenter Elmore. Elmore was born in Maidstone, Kent in 1901. He attended Mill Hill School until 1919, where he was a boarder. He attended a secretarial college in Cheltenham before moving to Letchworth and becoming Games master at St Christopher School. While there he also assisted with the school’s dramatic activities. His interest in dramatics led him to join the Lena Ashwell Players as stage manager, touring the country. Much of Elmore’s early writing took place in dressing rooms during his spare time. In 1931 he is known to have been living in the village of Loose, Kent before returning to Maidstone where he produced plays for the local dramatic society, where he met his future wife Betty. They married in 1933 and moved to Beckley, Sussex, where he became a full-time author. Together Elmore and his wife had a daughter, Jennifer and son Richard. In December 2015, Elmore’s photo appeared in The Times along with a lengthy article detailing the success of the reprints of his books. Writing as John Bude, Elmore published thirty crime novels, with Inspector William Meredith appearing in most of them. The first two, both of which were published in 1935, were The Lake District Murder (Superintendent Meredith, #1 and The Cornish Coast Murder, followed the next year by The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendent Meredith, #2). These three have since been reprinted by the British Library. Also published by the British Library, at the time of this writing, are: The Cheltenham Square Murder (Superintendent William Meredith #3), Death Makes a Prophet (Superintendent Meredith, #11) and Death on the Riviera (Superintendent Meredith, #16). Elmore was a founder member of the Norfolk-based Crime Writers’ Association in 1953. Fellow British crime author Martin Edwards commented: “Bude writes both readably and entertainingly. His work may not have been stunning enough to belong with the greats, but there is a smoothness and accomplishment about even his first mystery, The Cornish Coast Murder, which you don’t find in many début mysteries.” Elmore died in Hastings, Sussex on 8 November 1957. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Read more about Ernest Elmore at John Bude (1901-1957) by Carol Westron

The complete bibliography of Ernest Elmore writing as John Bude is available  at Fantastic Fiction and gadetection, among other web sites.

Death Makes a Prophet has been reviewed at In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel, Crime Review, Mysteries Ahoy!, His Futile Preoccupations …., and Classic Mysteries, among others.

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La muerte hace a un profeta, de John Bude

Descripción del libro: “Pequeños enfrentamientos iban en aumento; imorecisas envidias iban ganando fuerza; y a lo lejos, ¿no había acaso un indicio confuso de una tragedia inminente en el aire?”  Welworth Garden City en la década de 1940 es una ciudad de mentalidad progresista donde encuentran su hogar los espíritus libres: vegetarianos, socialistas y una variedad de´exóticos grupos religiosos. Entre los principales de éstos se encuentran los hijos de Osiris, liderados por el extravagante Sumo Profeta, Eustace K. Mildmann. El culto es un hervidero efervescente de insignifcantes rencores, envidias y oscuros secretos, que eventualmente conducen al asesinato. El escenario está preparado para uno de los casos más extraños y exigentes del inspector Meredith. Esta ingeniosa novela criminal escrita por un escritor en plena forma es un clásico olvidado de la novela de británica de detectives.

Mi opinión: La historia se desarrolla en la ciudad ficticia de Walworth que va a ser presentada de la siguiente manera:

Welworth no es una ciudad ordinaria. Es ese exclusivo aglomerado de ladrillo y cemento, en forma de hongo, extremadamente individualista conocido como Garden City. No hay casa en Welworth de más de treinta años. No hay barrios marginales, monumentos, cercas de jardín, vallas publicitarias o baress. Hay una gran cantidad de arbustos floridos, cubos de basura, amplias avenidas, tiendas con pretensiones artísticas, y villas imitando el estilo Tudor, el estilo georgiano o el estilo italiano. Hay, por supuesto, una tienda de alimentos saludables que vende mantequilla de nuez de Brasil, buñuelos fríos, mate, y la más completa y asombrosa gama de pastillas de hierbas y laxantes. Welworth probablemente consume por habitantes más lechuga y zanahoria cruda que cualquier otra comunidad en el país. Un porcentaje muy alto de la élite de Welworth no son solo vegetarianos, sino también no fumadores, no bebedores y contrarios a casi- todo-aquello-que-hace-que-la-vida-merezca-la-pena-vivirla a los ciudadanos menos moralistas.

En cierto sentido el párrafo anterior marca la pauta de lo que vendrá a continuación. La ciudad, según se afirma, da cobijo a unas cincuenta y siete variedades de manifestaciones religioosas, lo que habla muy bien de lo tolerante que es. Unas son ortodoxas. algunas poco ortodoxas pero muy conocidas, y finalmente hay tambien otras que son poco ortodoxas y desconocidas. Entre estas últimas, probablemente la secta más rara, menos ortodoxa y más exclusiva es la de Los Hijos de Osiris, a veces conocida como Culto de Osiris, o Coo, tomando las iniciales de su título completo en inglés , o más simplemente, Cooismo. El Cooismo fue fundado por Eustace K Mildmann, un antiguo librero de provicinicas, a principios del mil novecientos, que tuvo la suerte de encontrarse con la señora Hagge-Smith. En la nomenclatura de la orden, su fundador, era el Sumo Profeta, pero la verdadera fuerza impulsora del movimiento, su pilar financiero, el verdadero director de su política, era Alicia Hagge-Smith. Ella era la que pagaba la música y, naturalmente, era la que elegía la canción.

Pero pronto, debajo de la corteza del Cooismo, comienzan a surgir cambios significativos; pequeñas hostilidades empiezan a crecer, vagos celos empiezan a tomar fuerza; pequeñas intrigas se transforman en obsesiones. Viendo los acontecimientos a posteriori, hay pocas dudas de que el inicio de esta tragedia fue la “visión” de Alicia Hagge-Smith. Sin su “visión”, no se habrían materializado las circunstancias que favorecieron la comisión del asesinato. Y sin un asesinato, el inspector Meredith nunca habría oído hablar de los Hijos de Osiris. Como sucedió, el siempre consideró que iba a ser uno de sus casos más interesantes, extraños y exigentes.

Martin Edwards señala en su Introducción:

La muerte hace a un profeta es el decimoquinto libro de Bude, y está escrito con la seguridad de un profesional experimentado. En lugar de producir un cadáver en el primer capítulo, el autor difiere el acto del asesinato hasta más de la mitad de la historia, aunque llegado a ese punto ofrece a sus lectores una doble ración de asesinato. A lo largo del prolongando desarrollo, mantiene el interés con una divertida descripción de las desventuras de un grupo de personas asociadas, de diversas maneras, con el culto a Coo. Welworth Garden City resulta ser un hervidero de Cooismo, que es “una religión complaciente porque uno puede encontrar en ella bastante bien cualquier cosa que sea lo que uno busque”. Sin embargo, a pesar de todo su intento por alejarse de este mundo, pronto resulta evidente que sus miembros tienen más que su justa ración de rivalidades, envidias y oscuros secretos.

En general, se trata de un libro muy divertido y entretenido que te hace pasar un buen rato. Pero en cualquier caso es una lectura bastante ligera a pesar de que Bude es capaz de mostrar todo su ingenio y buen oficio. Me pareció sorprendente que, en ciertos aspectos, la historia no haya perdido parte de su relevancia con el paso del tiempo.

Mi valoración: B (Me gustó)

Sobre el autor: John Bude era el seudónimo de Ernest Carpenter Elmore. Elmore nació en Maidstone, Kent en 1901. Asistió a la escuela Mill Hill hasta 1919, donde estuvo interno. Asistió a una facultad de administración en Cheltenham antes de trasladarse a Letchworth y convertirse en el Director de juegos de la escuela St Christopher. Mientras estuvo allí, también colaboró en las actividades dramáticas de la escuela. Su interés por el teatro lo llevó a unirse a Lena Ashwell Players como director de escena, recorriendo el país. Muchos de los primeros escritos de Elmore fueron escritos en vestuarios durante su tiempo libre. En 1931 es conocido por haber estado viviendo en la aldea de Loose, Kent antes de regresar a Maidstone, donde produjo obras de teatro para la sociedad dramática local, donde conoció a su futura esposa Betty. Se casaron en 1933 y se mudaron a Beckley, Sussex, donde se convirtió en autor a tiempo completo. Juntos, Elmore y su esposa tuvieron una hija, Jennifer y un hijo Richard. En diciembre de 2015, la foto de Elmore apareció en The Times junto con un extenso artículo que detalla el éxito de las reimpresiones de sus libros. Escribiendo como John Bude, Elmore publicó treinta novelas de detectives protagonizadas en su mayoría por el inspector William Meredith. Las dos primeras, ambas publicadas en 1935, fueron The Lake District Murder (Superintendente Meredith, # 1 y The Cornish Coast Murder, seguidas al año siguiente por The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendente Meredith, # 2). Las tres han sido publicadas nuevamente por la British Library. También han sido publicadas por la British Library, al momento de escribir estas líneas: The Cheltenham Square Murder (Superintendente William Meredith # 3), Death Makes a Prophet (Superintendente Meredith, # 11) y Death on the Riviera (Superintendente Meredith, # 16) Elmore fue un miembro fundador de la Crime Writers’ Association con base en Norfolk en 1953. El también compañero y escritor de novelas británica de detectives Martin Edwards ha dicho: “Bude escribe de forma amena y entretenida Su trabajo puede no haber sido lo suficientemente impresionante. para formar paste de los grandes, pero hay una fluidez y un talento incluso en su primera novela, The Cornish Coast Murder, que no se encuentran en muchas primeras novelas”. Elmore murió en Hastings, Sussex el 8 de noviembre de 1957. (Cortesía de Wikipedia).

Review: This is How It Ends (2018) by Eva Dolan

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. Format: Kindle Edition. File size: 726 KB. Print Length: 336 pages. ASIN: B0744RRHP8. eISBN: 978-1-4088-8662-5.

9781408886625 (1)Book description: Ella Riordan is a community activist who became famous when she was beaten by police during a social protest. Now Ella is a squatter in a building where the owners are evicting tenants so they can convert it into luxury condos, and she’s determined to stay and defend the few holdout tenants, despite death threats. One night after a rooftop party with her fellow holdouts, Ella finds a horrible scene awaiting her in her apartment. In a panic, she calls her neighbour Molly, who convinces her that the police won’t believe she’s innocent. Together the two women concoct a gruesome plan to hide the body down the building’s elevator shaft. But the secret won’t stay buried for long. As truth hangs in the balance, a neighbour tells Molly he had heard Ella arguing with a man in the hallway and mistrust grows between Ella and Molly, as repercussions of that night threaten to change both women’s lives forever. (Source: Goodreads)

My take: Eva Dolan, in her fifth book, leaves momentarily, I hope, her series featuring DI Zigic and DS Ferreira, to offer us a standalone psychological thriller, written with her usual mastery. And I’m very glad to have read it. I will not add any more to what has already been mentioned before in the description taken from Goodreads, not to spoil one of the great attractions of this novel. The story is told by its two main characters, in two well differentiated voices (Molly using the first-person, and Ella the third one). Besides, the narrative does not follows a chronological order and it has frequent backward leaps on its time line. The reader should pay special attention to each of the chapters headings to avoid getting all mixed up. To be honest I often wondered, during the course of my reading, where was the story heading towards and, occasionally, this uncertainty was what was encouraging me to keep on reading. But my perseverance was ultimately rewarded. And upon completion, I had no doubt This is How It Ends is a brilliant novel, perfectly crafted and a truly captivating read that I’ve very much enjoyed. In my view Eva Dolan is one of the most interesting writers that can be find nowadays. As Paul D. Brazill has written: “This Is How It Ends is a gripping, rich, inventive and powerful 21st century crime thriller that will keep you on your toes”. Wonderfully written and with an exceptional characterization, I strongly recommend it.

My review of Long Way Home, the first instalment in the Zigic and Ferreira book series is available here.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

About the author: Eva Dolan was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for unpublished authors when only a teenager. The four novels in her Zigic and Ferreira series have been published to widespread critical acclaim: Tell No Tales and After You Die were shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year Award and After You Die was also longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. She lives in Cambridge. (Source: Goodreads)

This is How It Ends has been reviewed at Crime Fiction Lover, Crime Thriller Girl, Crime Review, Crime Squad, Thriller Books Journal  and Crime Time, among others.

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Descripción del libro: Ella Riordan es una activista comunitaria que se hizo famosa cuando fue golpeada por la policía durante una protesta social. Ahora Ella es una okupa en un edificio donde los propietarios están desalojando a los inquilinos para poderl convertirlo en apartamentos de lujo, y ella está decidida a quedarse y defender a los pocos inquilinos que se quedan, a pesar de las amenazas de muerte. Una noche después de una fiesta en la azotea con sus compañeros resistentes, encuentra una escena horrible que la está espera en su departamento. Presa del pánico, llama a su vecina Molly, quien la convence de que la policía no creerá que es inocente. Juntas, las dos mujeres inventan un plan espantoso para esconder el cuerpo por el hueco del ascensor del edificio. Pero el secreto no permanecerá enterrado por mucho tiempo. Mientras la verdad pende de un hilo, un vecino le dice a Molly que escuchó a Ella discutiendo con un hombre en el pasillo y la desconfianza crece entre Ella y Molly, ya que las repercusiones de esa noche amenazan con cambiar las vidas de ambas mujeres para siempre. (Fuente: Goodreads)

Mi opinión: Eva Dolan, en su quinto libro, abandona momentáneamente, eso espero, su serie protagonizada por DI Zigic y DS Ferreira, para ofrecernos un thriller psicológico independiente, escrito con su dominio habitual. Y estoy muy contento de haberlo leído. No agregaré más a lo que ya se ha mencionado antes en la descripción tomada de Goodreads, para no estropear una de las grandes atracciones de esta novela. La historia está contada por sus dos personajes principales, en dos voces bien diferenciadas (Molly usando la primera persona, y Ella la tercera). Además, la narración no sigue un orden cronológico y tiene frecuentes saltos hacia atrás en su línea del tiempo. El lector debe prestar especial atención a cada uno de los títulos de los capítulos para evitar confundirse. Para ser honesto, a menudo me preguntaba, en el curso de mi lectura, hacia dónde se dirigía la historia y, de vez en cuando, esta incertidumbre era lo que me alentaba a seguir leyendo. Pero mi perseverancia se vió finalmente recompensada. Y al finalizar, no tuve dudas de que This is How It Ends es una novela brillante, perfectamente elaborada y una lectura verdaderamente cautivadora que he disfrutado mucho. En mi opinión, Eva Dolan es una de las escritoras más interesantes que se pueden encontrar hoy en día. Como escribió Paul D. Brazill: “This Is How It Ends es una novela negra de suspense del siglo XXI apasionante, rica, ingeniosa y poderosa que mantendrá su atención”. Maravillosamente escrita y con una caracterización excepcional. la recomiendo encarecidamente.

Mi reseña de Long Way Home, la primera entrega de la serie Zigic y Ferreira, está disponible aquí.

Mi valoración: A+ (No se demore, consiga un ejemplar de este libro)

Sobre el autor: Eva Dolan fue finalista al Premio Dagger de la CWA para autores noveles cuando era solo una adolescente. Las cuatro novelas de su serie Zigic y Ferreira han sido publicadas con un gran éxito de crítica: Tell No Tales y After You Die fueron finalistas al premio Theakston’s a la mejor novela negra del año y After You Die también fue seleccionada para optar al Premio Gold Dagger de la CWA. Vive en Cambridge. (Fuente: Goodreads)