I tried fast paced hard-boiled and found the genre wanting. Very typical of the time it was written in terms of sexism and stereotypes. Plot overly complicated. Probably best enjoyed as a movie.
As I am an unabashed fan of Patricia Wentworth having read all the Miss Silver novels several times, I thoroughly enjoyed this reading as it lent a different perspective/interpretation to well-loved characters. This is obviously not great literature but it is good writing if you like a body and a romance.
Not Wilkie Collins' best but expertly narrated. The plot is rather flat and predictable with a rather lame and contrived ending which does not do justice to the interest generated in Agnes' future in the orientation. The character of Lady Montberry is a rather confusing one. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are far superior in terms of penmanship.
A very satisfying 'read' which was very well narrated by Steven Crossley to accentuate the comic elements of the characters.Forster's irony often made me chuckle - there is much gentle social satire here but also a great degree of verisimilitude in the psychological insights. I like the way the author deliberately makes much out of nothing much using only a handful of deftly woven characters.
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