Left-Handed Death by Richard Hull

I have been a little off in my zeal for blogging, with the year almost coming to a close maybe my enthusiasm is waning. I have some exciting compilations lists nearly scheduled for the last week of the year and hopefully setting that up will bolster my mood.

I will add this to my main page forย #BritishCrimeClassicsChallenge, but I might have to make a separate section to identify when I read it to continue to be part of the challenge

This book is still available for request on NetGalley as of the writing of this post.

There is something about this author that resonates with me, the skill with words makes up for anything missing from the actual deaths and the ensuing revelations. Once again, I used my husband to measure the random reactions of someone other than me. I left him the task of keeping the kindle page from going off, and to read the page if he felt like it in the meantime. Although it was the middle of the chapter, with no proper introductions to the people in the story, he found it intelligent and entertaining.

The story is straightforward, and the solution is plain to see, but that is almost beside the point of reading this book. It is more about the interesting conversations that the ‘ordinary people’ have. The civil servants are the fodder for the tale. Their monotonous jobs(or that’s how they are portrayed) and their self effacing manner of speaking is featured in a very entertaining fashion.ย  We are introduced to one company that is the focus of this particular incident. The two directors are talking about one of them confessing to a murder. The twist comes when the police given the case want to prove the man innocent. Then the story proceeds down the standard route giving us a play by play of the process. We have witness being hunted, people being questioned and alibis being checked. During all of this, the brilliant narration continued to hold me and make me chuckle. Below are two statements that I highlighted initially, but beyond that, I kept doing it so much that it became too much to put down anywhere, so I stopped:

“He had not taken a liking to the face of the man slumped in the chair by the fireplace. Perhaps he had not made enough allowance for the fact that the man was not looking his best-”

“..failing to make any impression on him, he was reduced to putting his discourtesy into words”

It may not be for those who are on the lookout for an intriguing plot and a twist to top all twists, and it will not keep anyone glued to their seats, but it is still worth picking up just for the intelligence behind those words that are strung together. I just wish I had the forethought to request the other books by the author, which the publishers re-published recently.ย  I have only read and reviewed the following( I have missed two ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ):

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I received an advance copy thanks to Netgalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience with the author and possibly being one of those people who is and might always be part of the ‘ordinary’ crowd


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