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Here we have a bit of a nice change of pace, since it switches from murder-mysteries to just a regular how-did-they-pull-that-off mystery. It's also a bit different in that while the cast is small, the implication is that the culprit is one person and the mystery is in how he did it, while actually it's something altogether different. I guess if there's really a main complaint with the story, it's that it's not all that exciting - but to me at least, mysteries don't have to be.

Ya gotta almost feel sorry for Raymond though, between being called romantic (which he totally is, despite his protests), and being basically called out as a credulous fool by his sweet old aunt. Of course, he does rather bring it upon himself.

Anyhow, not the most amazing short story in the history of the world ever, or anything, but nice enough!

Any other thoughts?

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stormfeather
Aug. 6th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh right, I did mean to mention that at least we don't have the teller of the story having coincidentally found out the answer to the mystery beforehand, although we still have the answer conveniently being given by another member of the party. But given that said party member is an ex-major-Scotland-Yard honcho, at least he has a bit more reason to know this sorta thing.

And yeah, the whole "well of course gardeners don't work on that Monday, which tells you something is wrong" thing is once again something that would tend to fly right past readers like us, much like the "hundreds and thousands" clue, which is a bit annoying. But at least it's not such a huge part of the solution this time!
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khedron
Aug. 7th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the gardner thing reminded me of the 100's & 1000's -- both older English and small everyday life details that Ms. Marple seems to excel at. I am wondering if all the stories will require that type of insight. (Actually, the last story didn't, so scratch that. And I'm relieved.)

I was glad she pointed out the gardener, though -- I was wondering how Raymond's friend had tied himself up!

Thanks for the vocabulary!
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