Wednesday, December 1, 2010
A-Z Wednesday: The Letter Q
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
My choice this week is A Puzzle for Fools by Patrick Quentin
It's been quite a while since I read this and the review that I put up on Visual Bookshelf (in my pre-blogging days) was short and to the point: Decent. But I'm not sure that Quentin is my cup of tea. This has a little bit more of an edge than the usual "country house murder."
Synopsis from the Amazon Review by Marjorie James: A Puzzle for Fools is essentially a country house murder with the twist being that it's set in a mental hospital. It has the set group of people who could be suspects, the limited setting and the basic interactions.....The story is narrated by Peter Duluth, a recovering alcoholic who is among the more sane of the inmates of the asylum. By virtue of his sanity, and the fact that he discovers the bodies, Duluth is taken into the confidence of the authorities and tries to solve the mystery on his own. The murderer starts with a campaign of frightening various inmates and using their neuroses to his advantage. He (and I should mention that I'm using the indefinite pronoun here) then moves on to a particularly gruesome and brutal murder.