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This story takes the stories of MRJames as it’s starting point rather than a real life murder, and it works as well as Upson’s other Tey novels. The continuation of the emotional lives of the characters is believable, though I’m hoping it gets less rather than more complicated. It’s the problem with multiple volume tales, like soap operas they have to have things happen - though things don’t happen in real life. Should art imitate life? Yes - or what else is it for, and anyway it’s been the modus operandi of this series of novels.
One small point - in real life people don’t nod. They say yes. Enid Blyton’s eponymous character does, but he’s a doll.
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I really liked this book because it seemed like there were a lot of themes explored in it that were sensitively and well handled. I was less quick to like some of the most resent books in the series i think because for what ever reason the motives and the behaviour of the people in the stories and their actions did not quite become coherent and there seemed to be some misery for misery sake (fear in the sunlight comes to mind) (i know i know i am an avid listener to crime fiction so glass houses perhaps) however by comparison though very dark this book avoided being that way. As for guessing who did i am still sticking up for the book as it was a powerful motive and i did not see the exact reason why. If it helps get a feel of what guessing the murder means to me in terms of a book it usually spells doom and i often don't bother to read all the way but jut flip to the end. I have to like and be interested in the people and if your like me then you may well wish to give this book a go. I do have one competing interest in that i lived in cambridge for a wile and it had that added fun of recognising locations but on the flip side i love and have visited portmarion many times and that did not make me feel very well disposed to the book set there.