Re: Review: Fielding, A -- Death of John Tait (1932)
- This is a quite hilarious review. My favorite Fielding is The Upfold Farm Mystery. It has one of the most breathtakingly unlikely solutions of any detective novel I have ever read.
--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, jon <jonjermey@...> wrote:
> Fielding, A <http://gadetection.pbworks.com/Fielding%2C-A> -- Death of
> John Tait (1932)
> The Queen of Red Herrings is back. elaborating what seems at first like
> a simple domestic dispute into an elaborate story of betrayal,
> toxicology, blackmail, impersonation, abduction and sinister foreigners.
> John Tait is a middle-aged Lothario (in a mild English way) who has
> already jilted two women -- the cold Lady Ida and his cousin-by-marriage
> Etta Naylor -- when he becomes engaged to a widow, Mrs Burnham. As
> John's wealthy stepmother, Lady Tait, dotes on him to the degree of
> disinheriting her own nieces and nephews, the prospect of his having an
> heir puts the family's backs up, and by page ten Etta and the other
> cousins are already discussing murder.
> For anyone else this would be quite enough plot to go on with, but
> Fielding is only warming up. Soon we encounter a glamorous adventuress,
> a gigolo who works in a chemist's shop, a suicide that looks like a
> murder, an Arabian fortune-teller, Lady Tait's disinherited and dubious
> grandson, his fiery Italian mother, an actor with broken fingernails, a
> unique method of poisoning, a Poison Unknown to Science (but not to Dr
> Angelli, who luckily happens to be on hand to identify it), a secretly
> confined lunatic, a dashing explorer, a chewed fountain-pen top, and a
> brilliant detective called Superintendent Pointer who can identify who
> chewed it simply by /looking/ at the culprit. There is even a twist at
> the end, as if there were anything left to twist.
> There is a good deal of naive charm about Fielding's insistence that her
> readers should get value for their money. The best thing about this
> book, in fact, is the way Pointer plods amiably through this whole
> hysterical gallimaufry -- even into extreme personal danger -- without
> batting an eyelid. To see him at work one would think cases like this
> came across his desk every day. They don't make detectives like that any
- ... and was reviewed here:
--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "nzkpzq" <mike@...> wrote:
> 11. On which radio show did Craig Rice's detective John J. Malone make a
> "celebrity guest appearance"?
> "The Casebook of Gregory Hood" (1946), written by Anthony Boucher and Denis Green, who had previously partnered on the Sherlock Holmes radio show.
> Gregory Hood was a sophisticated importer in San Francisco, who solved mysteries each week as an amateur sleuth. In "The Double Diamond", he gets help from John J. Malone, during a flight that stops over in Chicago.
> Boucher knew Craig Rice personally, and mentions her in his reviews collected in THE BOUCHER CHRONICLES.
> "The Casebook of Gregory Hood" is available in book form from publishers Crippen & Landru.
> Mike Grost