On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1998, A PERFECT CRIME. (Tennis plays a role in this one, as it does in THE TUTOR.)

[“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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8 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:31 am on March 3rd, 2019

    Good morning everyone. Our travels got us to Kokomo, IN yesterday and Bluecat was in our thought and conversation. Shortly we head to Michigan so HRH B, if your ears are burning, you’ll know why.
    We always enjoy OFA’s hooks on his stories.
    Have a great day all.

  2. B.Stover
    10:30 am on March 3rd, 2019

    HOH: I’m not in Michigan at the moment. Safe travels.

    I’m trying to remember the novel, Perfect Crime.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:57 am on March 3rd, 2019


    Significant snow expected in this neck of the woods this afternoon and during the overnight.

    Grizz and I are going to see this film in 3D this afternoon:

    Safe travels, HOH!

    Good day to all!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    2:03 pm on March 3rd, 2019

    Breaking news…DDD and the mommy dog if arrived in Michigan. So sorry that there is no Stover here.
    Mom got her Iditarod subscription so she can keep up with the race. Wowser, 19 female mushers this year.
    Lance Mackey is back after 2 years off. The Berrington twins are back and Cindy Gallea has come out of retirement. Some familiar names and some rookies.
    We are in MI for the DDD’s aunt’s 94th birthday but nobody better get in the way next year.

  5. Hobbitz
    4:24 pm on March 3rd, 2019

    Overcast and very light snow. What happened to the sunny and warm forecast? I can already say that it is going to be a lazy day today. I did several hours of volunteer work yesterday and was up early to drive someone to church. I just want to snuggle animals today and read. Housework and paperwork can wait another day.
    HOH: thanks for contributing Iditarod tidbits to the blog. What else are you going to do besides party? Is DDD the chef?

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:39 pm on March 3rd, 2019

    Hobbitz: Snuggling animals and reading sounds like a fab idea!

    HOH: Sending birthday wishes to DDD’s aunt!

  7. Herd of Hounds
    8:14 pm on March 3rd, 2019

    Hobbitz, 30 people at Aunt Betty’s favorite Chinese restaurant. Children, grands, nieces and nephews and a few friends. The DDD was a guest.
    No big accumulation of snow yet but cold.

  8. Wee Nigel and Ole Doc
    11:49 pm on March 3rd, 2019

    We had a long day, let us tell youse. While the Giant and our Lady did a special race package tour today, we were in charge of making sure the couch and loveseat didn’t float away today. Mission accomplished.

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