Review: The Dead Letter and The Figure Eight
I found these two novels, the first full-length American detective novels, enjoyable and the mysteries interesting. Both books were similar in character development. I found “The Dead Letter” puzzle more intriguing. The manners and romantic aspects of the period (1860s) made interesting reading.
I may have noted before, I do not to give much information about the story in my “reviews”. Why repeat the story descriptions that are found in the blurbs? I tend to read as little as possible of a book’s dust cover. I want it to be a surprise. If the first two or three sentences of the blurb grabs my interest I will try the book.
I do not give much info in my reviews. This comes from my dislike of book reports in school. I always thought those reports which were to offer the descriptions of characters, the plot, motives, locations, author’s reason for penning the book, etc., gave away all the elements of the story. After reading my poorly written synopsis of the book, why would anyone want to read it? The surprise has been dashed. (Besides being mangled by my writing.) I could read many more books if I just read the blurbs and reviews. Like television adverts I avoid reviews and most of the dust cover blurb. Surprise and mystery are two of the many spices of life.