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Having reviewed over 1200 books on this blog, I have now written two myself. Motherdarling is a story about a search for a missing Will which reveals long-hidden family secrets. The Kids of God is a thriller set in a dystopia ruled by fascist paramilitaries. Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle through Amazon. I live in Canterbury, England. I lived for more than thirty years in Bedford. Having retired from teaching; I became a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Liminality. I achieved my PhD in 2019. I am now properly retired. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. Follow me on twitter: @daja57

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

"The origin of evil" by Ellery Queen

A standard Ellery Queen mystery set, this time, in Hollywood but with the usual suspects:

  • A domineering bully of a man, a captain of industry
  • His wife, the luscious blonde, who makes Ellery and every man go weak at the knees
  • A sinister servant
  • A young girl and a young boy who are destined to fall in love
  • A cop to do the donkey work


The theme is that some crazed killer, bent on revenge, is stalking the businessman leaving cryptic clues (Aristophanes enters at one point). Names come into it as well. We have to swallow some pretty big flies: there is no record of either the businessman or his partner twenty years previously, they have no past; the servant has no past either having been found wandering the streets with amnesia; no-one knows the parentage of the young girl who was a foundling etc.

In the end Ellery solves it of course. Of all the clues that are swimming around, only one is really used. And there is a twist at the end.

Standard hokum. July 2015; 296 pages

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