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Who set up your blind date with a book? Just wondering how it works.
It's a subset of a book discussion group I'm part of at LibraryThing. Every month we each propose a "Blind Date" book, and they are then randomly assigned to the participants. It's good to kick me out of my reading comfort zone a bit, though this particular month's book is very much in the comfort zone.

We also each propose an alternate each month, in case you've already read the book, can't find a copy, etc.
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I finished The ABC Murders and thought it was good although just the style of the genre made me suspect part of the ending.
I powered through this last night. I correctly guessed on about page 100. And I usually don't guess (correctly). Might be that there was a Columbo or Monk or Psych episode similar to this, but I don't think I had read it before.

So, no more Christie for a while.
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yeah, it's like Hitchcock films for me

B/c everybody used what he had in the films (or Christie had in her books), you can anticipate the twist
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They alternated scenes of now and of the memories.
That's how the book was written as well, but I mean, there just wasn't much substance IMO. Or else it was substance that was somewhere between the lines and I don't know enough of the history to have seen it.

There seemed to be something to do with an English Lord (or Lords) meeting with Hitler and trying to negotiate something before the war. But they never said what and it was all innuendo and I guess it was just over my head.
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That's the trouble with classic mysteries. Books like "Laura", "Murder on the Orient Express", "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "Trent's Last Case", etc. seem clichéd because you've seen variations of the plot so often. But those plot twists were brand new and original at the time. You should probably read all those books when you are about 12. Even that may be too late.

I used to drive my roommate nuts. She didn't read mysteries, but would watch mystery TV shows sometimes. I'd say stuff like. "Oh, that's the "Laura" plot." "What?" "They are stealing the plot from "Laura". Book by Vera Caspary. Film with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. I know what's going to happen." "No, you don't." "Sure, I can tell you if you want." She would, and I would tell her, and it would happen and every time "HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT!"

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That's the trouble with classic mysteries. Books like "Laura", "Murder on the Orient Express", "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "Trent's Last Case", etc. seem clichéd because you've seen variations of the plot so often. But those plot twists were brand new and original at the time. You should probably read all those books when you are about 12. Even that may be too late.

I used to drive my roommate nuts. She didn't read mysteries, but would watch mystery TV shows sometimes. I'd say stuff like. "Oh, that's the "Laura" plot." "What?" "They are stealing the plot from "Laura". Book by Vera Caspary. Film with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. I know what's going to happen." "No, you don't." "Sure, I can tell you if you want." She would, and I would tell her, and it would happen and every time "HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT!"
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The same is true about humor. Some stuff was amazingly brilliant when knew - Abbott and Costello, but I don't believe people today appreciate it the same way
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Luckily, I saw/read most of this stuff as a kid.
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Luckily, I saw/read most of this stuff as a kid.
agreed. I went through a lot of Christie, Ellery Queen and the Rabbi mysteries as a kid
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That's the trouble with classic mysteries. Books like "Laura", "Murder on the Orient Express", "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "Trent's Last Case", etc. seem clichéd because you've seen variations of the plot so often. But those plot twists were brand new and original at the time. You should probably read all those books when you are about 12. Even that may be too late.
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That is definitely too late, for me.
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agreed. I went through a lot of Christie, Ellery Queen and the Rabbi mysteries as a kid
I was a bit behind, reading Encyclopedia Brown.

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