Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A-Z Wednesday: The Letter P

It's A-Z Wednesday! Hosted by Reading at the Beach. To join in, here's all you have to do.

*Go to your stack of books and find an author whose first or last name starts with the letter of the week.

1~ a photo of the book
2~ title & synopsis
3~ a link (amazon, barnes & noble, etc)
4~ go back to Reading at the Beach and link up your post

This week the letter is "P"

My Pick: The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald
Info from Amazon

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books / Random House; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (September 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394717120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394717128
Synopsis from Jeanne Tassotto's review on Amazon: Author Adrian Messenger has come to a friend with a request, a rather strange and mysterious one. He wants his friend, a police detective to investigate a list of names, a list that encompasses a seemingly unrelated group of individuals scattered across the UK. All Messenger wants to know is if those people are still living in those cities. Messenger would return to collect the results of the search when he returned from his business trip in a few days. But Adrian Messenger would not return to ask his friend about the results because the plane he was on crashed in the Atlantic. By chance Messenger and a fellow passenger were adrift in the ocean awaiting rescue. The semiconscious Messenger babbled a few random phrases over and over before he died, words that meant nothing to the other crash victim but would come to shed light on his odd list and have shattering impact to Messenger's family.

It's been a while since I read this one and the book's buried in a box in storage--otherwise I'd give the blurb from the book. I do know that I like Philip MacDonald's mysteries a lot and I have all of his titles (at least the ones I don't own) on my list of books to find & buy. This is an intriguing mystery from its time. It is only dated because today's technology would simplify the mystery so, well, there wouldn't really be any mystery. But if one is willing to time travel to a less advanced age, it's a pretty little problem indeed.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've heard of this one, but haven't read it. Now my curiosity is piqued...

Thanks for visiting my blog....

Christina said...

Now I'm curious, too.