Just finished my new Agatha Christie novel, the Man in the Brown Suit. Is there anything that makes a person feel more stupid than missing the most obvious clues right from the beginning? I would make the world’s worst detective. I have no ability to believe bad things about a person who is either charming or amusing. If I were in a mystery thriller, I would be the character who was killed at the beginning to show that the bad guy is serious about being a bad guy.
Why do I do this to myself? Well, probably for the same reasons that Sherlock Holmes has been my hero since I was about nine years old. I have an intense admiration for people who see what us regular slobs do not. I guess that makes me a bit like John Watson, doesn’t it? Though, I am pretty sure that I couldn’t handle living with someone like Holmes. That might take more patience than I have available to me.
I am in book hang over mode at the moment. I’m not really sure where I want to go from here. I have another Agatha Christie, Murder is Easy, but I know that story already, so it will be more an exercise in admiring how a mystery is built than trying to figure out the ‘who dunnit’ parts. I am also halfway through Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time, which I have been enjoying whenever the kids give me five minutes to myself. I also have a couple of mystery thrillers by authors I haven’t read before, and a stack of Stephen Kings up to my knees.
I might dive back into editing so I have some time to think about it. I have finally hit the point in my own novel where there is less rewriting to be done, and more just catching all those little typos and inconsistent punctuation. It makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable for me because I pretty easily trip over those things when I am reading. I have done a bit of format change (four parts instead of three), and I think I might finally be seeing the end of the tunnel. Nothing makes a slog worse than figuring out that the first part of a three-part novel is more than half of your word count. Oops!
What are you reading right now?