On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Since this is the first full day of winter, how about a book where snow plays a big role? (I love writing snow scenes!) So, A Perfect Crime.

[“Roger Cullingwood, one of the villains in Peter Abrahams’ ninth suspense novel, is a “throwback.” He believes in aristocracy, both inherited and earned. He has a mansion on Boston’s Beacon Hill, a summa cum laude degree from Harvard and an IQ of 181….Roger has lost his job as a securities analyst and can’t get another, for reasons that are mysterious to him but clear to us: He lacks the normal complement of human feelings, except for jealousy and pride….Only when A Perfect Crime is over do we see how Abrahams, a plotter even more skilled than Roger, has manipulated us. We don’t mind too much, because in this case the conventions of the genre have packaged not only the expected thrills but that always unexpected bonus: good writing.” – The Los Angeles Times]

Thursday, the best day of the week – the day of all days that Francie was predisposed to say yes. But here in the artist’s studio, with its view of the Dorchester gas tank superimposed on the harbor beyond, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. The problem was she hated the paintings.


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9 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Attendant
    12:17 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    Good review and an enticing sentence.
    What a night…smoke alarms throughout the house went off at 3 am. No smoke, no fire. Turned off breaker to alarms. After turning breaker back on, the alarms went off again 30 minutes later. Called fire department and a truck arrived. They scolded me for turning breaker off and turned it back on. They couldn’t find anything but turned off the gas to my gas fireplace as the glass was 150 degrees. I mentioned that the inside temperature was dropping and the furnace must be out. Then the alarms went off again. No fire, no smoke. Upshot: alarms are old and need replaced and they turned off the breaker in the meantime, the furnace is out and I had to call an emergency number to get service and I can’t use the gas fireplace until it is repaired. {{{sigh}}}

  2. B. Stover
    12:38 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    Good afternoon all.

  3. c.hobbit
    2:17 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    B. Stover: are you feeling tippy top for the holidays? I am hoping you are.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:54 pm on December 22nd, 2019


    I think my original comment is lost in cyberspace…

    This book sounds like it is right up my alley!

    Attendant: What a night!

    HRH,B: Yes, how are you feeling?

    Thinking about Snowhook…Gomez…Sniff.

  5. BooBear
    9:09 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    Mr. Big!! What a noisy interruption to your night’s sleep!! And now you are without heat (or at the least, a warm fireplace to toast in front of.). Perhaps you need to give your attendant further lessons on proper treatment of the cat in charge. First a diet and now this!!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    C.Hobbit!…What a horrible ordeal to deal with on yer own…wheeze!…Not to mention expensive and COLD!…grunt!…We here hope things are looking up for youse tonight…snuffle!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    Perfect!…Crime!…snort!…We here read that book many years ago and now feel it is time to re-read it…Yes!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    Stephen King!…heh!…Loves the Charming Mr Abrahams’ writing so much. I wonder if these two famous writers have ever met in person?? …snort!…What I would give to be there if they do (or if they had)…yeeep!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on December 22nd, 2019

    Stover!….I fear your critical eye on my last sentence…wheeze!

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