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I'm torn on this story, really.

On the plus side, it's nice for variety, with a more supernatural atmosphere (although there isn't actually any supernatural agency involved), and breaks up the more typically crime-based stories nicely. It's also pretty clever, and enjoyable for that.

On the other hand, there are some things that just don't make sense. Like if the blood stain that she saw was really actually there... why didn't she see anything when she went across the road to look, or why didn't the Captain see it? Not to mention there is a bit of coincidence what with her just happening to be right on the spot two years running when this guy pulls his little scam.

Anyhow, Joyce does seem to have a bit of the temperament usually attributed to artists, what with her dramatic "I KNEW the captain wouldn't see what I saw! I just knew it!" bit, but otherwise she seems fairly sensible and intelligent.

Miss Marple hovers between "well-done" and "overdone" in the book in general, I think, but I do like the ending image of the sweet little old lady hoping that the poor young folk never realize how really wicked the world is.

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stormfeather
Aug. 11th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a fair criticism to say it's too coincidental that Joyce happened to see the repeat performance; it's kind of a given in the premise of the series of stories that the participants have had these unusual experiences.

I suppose that's a fair point when you think about it. Then again, it's also a bit coincidental that apparently *all* of the members of the Tuesday club have had these sort of experiences. I mean, I haven't!

And as a side note, according to Wiki Pete, Rathole is actually a real recognizable Cornish village renamed, and in actuality it's called Mousehole. Heh. (Probably slightly less... icky and more quaint than a Rathole, but still!)
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stormfeather
Aug. 11th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
"Hah, I'll show YOU to give me a bad time on vacation, Mr. Cornish Village!"
khedron
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
why didn't she see anything when she went across the road to look, or why didn't the Captain see it? Not to mention there is a bit of coincidence what with her just happening to be right on the spot two years running when this guy pulls his little scam.

Those were my thoughts, too. That, and I'm not sure how I feel about the supernatural atmosphere in a couple of the stories so far. Maybe it's just my frame of mood now, but it seems a bit jarring.

Of course, *I* know I'm reading a detective story. The characters don't! So maybe I'm coming at this from the wrong perspective.
stormfeather
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the supernatural settings so much, since at least they give a bit of variety to the atmosphere. And at the very least, they're not as dry as Pretherick's recent tale!
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