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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 04:59pm on 12/03/2017 under
Just been reading a murder mystery.

Got about a quarter of the way through and there had been no detecting, nor yet any murder done. In fact we'd only met the detectives briefly in a short prologue. The first 90 odd pages of the book were introducing various members of a weekend party in modern day Canada and hinting at various reasons some of them might have for bumping off others.

Which is all well and good, but not my preferred style of mystery - I like to learn about the characters as the detectives do, so that I'm aware of the same evidence they are. Still I was prepared to give it a chance. Until one of the characters began banging on about her personal relationship with God in such a way that i strongly suspected she was a mouthpiece for the author.

I don't object to characters in fiction having sincere religious beliefs - indeed, one of my favourite fictional detectives is Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk - but I don't care for authors who *preach* at me. Shan't be reading any more of *that* one.
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posted by [personal profile] darkemeralds at 05:27am on 13/03/2017
Oh dear me. Yes, that sounds like it breaks all the cardinal rules of murder mysteries. RULE NUMBER ONE: A body in one of the opening scenes.

Hello. Long time no Dreamwidth. I'm playing a little catch-up.
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 10:09am on 13/03/2017
Well it doesn't have to be the *first* chapter - one or even two to establish the protagonist and get things set up is fine, for me, but getting through a third of the book with no casualties is stretching the definition of the genre to my way of thinking! :)

Hello. Long time no Dreamwidth. I'm playing a little catch-up.

Same here. I keep trying to remember to come back to DW and LJ but most of my social media-ing is on Facebook these days. But there are several folk over here in journal land that don't have seconfd homes at FB, so I try to keep a foot in both camps :)
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posted by [personal profile] darkemeralds at 04:31pm on 13/03/2017
Yeah. I have a Facebook account and I go there occasionally, mostly when required for participation in some real-life group that uses it for communication.

Twitter has been my social media platform of choice for a couple of years, but politics in the last three months has made it too toxic. I broke up with it about five days ago and you wouldn't believe how much I'm getting done! Including reading my friendslist for a change. :D
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posted by [personal profile] cat63 at 08:56am on 15/03/2017
Yes, I know what you mean. Online stuff can eat your life if you're not careful!

I have a Twitter account, but I don't use it much.

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