(The Norths Meet Murder) [PDF] ✓ Frances Lockridge
As seems true of some novels that introduce amateur sleuths or in this case convert existing comical characters into amateur sleuths the sleuths "to be are essentially secondary characters to a traditional detective lot In this case we "be are essentially secondary characters to a traditional detective lot In this case we a Lt Weigand and his aggrieved Mullins as a air of olice inspectors who dig down and do a lot of footwork trying to solve a crime of a decidedly unlocked room variety A body is found in an empty apartment that is always left unlocked for Zheng Guogu potential buyers The couple who found it the eponymous Norths and members of their extended social circle are suspect for a variety of reasons mostly involving money and lust and various social not so slights The man killed was generally unpleasantrone to affairs and to rubbing eople the wrong way though not an awfully terrible sort while the eople who are suspected have a number of flimsy alibis and secret meetings and financial blips The Norths are known by the readers to be not the killers which is fine enough because the Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums police seem barely to suspect themart of me did wonder what sort of lot twist would allow for them to been behind it all along and how this would impact the rest of the series but everyone else on the list
"seems both likely "both likely unlikely murderers as well This makes up the bulk of the novel where nothing seems set in stone and the unpeeling of the layers just leads to ossible links and less definite conclusion Until it does conclude not with a stirring confession by the killer but a combination of flimsy and definite evidence And true to form most of the clues were there the whole time though never so much as to completely spoil it No doubt some readers knew the killer but they just as well could have been wrong or right for the wrong reasons the real motive is only explained in the final few Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms pages All in all an ok mystery a bit light on the depth and full of the kind of characters the other suspects that only slightly intrigueassionate in their own world but mostly for the things that I would just as well leave alone A second murder seems a bit extraneous but helps to drive the The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick plot though it just as well could have been left aloneWhere the book shines is in its snapshot view of a time This isre war World War II New York with all its racism and albeit mildly stated here classicism and genteel sexism and anti Hitler ropaganda being viewed not so much as a ro American goodness as a business impediment for Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns perhaps a good cause A Japanese butler is described as being of an alien mind and given aidgin accent and there s a tiny scene 29 and Counting: A Chick's Guide to Turning 30 a Chick's Guide to Turning 30 passed off a bit comically. The top floor studio of the old house in which the Norths lived was vacant Just thelace for a arty though Mrs North and took Mr North up to see it They opened a door and ,
Of an inspector eyeing a young African American with suspicion and being eyed with suspicion in turn just because the young man is a erson of color on the street of New York While one is forced to accept the attitudes of the time the telling here occasionally feels almost judgmental like the Lockridges are chiding New York for its many stripes and the way its many stripes view the other ones but not completely It feels honest at "any rate for the good and the bad The distrust of the olice by the non white folks seems rescient under "rate for the good and the bad The distrust of the olice by the non white folks seems The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage prescient under radar commentary that might not have been meant as such Likewise we get a glance in the living conditions of the upper middle crust or maybe the lower upper crust and the set up of shops and apartments and streets and subways It is almost anthropologically in its joy of making the timeeriod vibrant When the olice discuss various unsavory methods of getting evidence out of suspects we too get a glance of the methods of the time to investigate crime and not all of them heroic The methods of investigation seem thorough and well described As far as I know it is an accurate and again feels honest ortrayal of the techniues and their occasional failings Weigand is New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book primarily the star of this one and does honorably as a main character soon to be shunted slightly aside for the Norths Iresume in the follow up titles He is generally effective both as an inspector and as a character as he mulls over the crime and its effects He is Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat perhaps a bit toorone to latch to the female suspects though as in most things in this book it feels a bit honest As he contemplates not only the solving of the crime and its impact he uestions the outcome of his solving it one of these eople will go to jail or the electric chair This feeling of the weight not only of utting a killer behind bars but the aftermath of doing so adds some gravity to the situation I enjoyed the way he Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set pulled things apart albeit somewhat slowly and sometimes backed by luck and enjoyed the way he was used as a bit of a commentary on the genre itself The book does do this and occasionally well with some lampshade hanging about the way crime novels work versus real life It was oftenleasant to read these asides I am down to continue this series even if the shift to the Norths will undoubtedly change some of the focus The author had great insight into the human mind Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals particularly as she s describing all the trials and tribulations a hostess goes through to get her informalarty just right but the mystery was a little contrived and none of the characters had much depth I might ic. Ound a murdered man in the bathtubWith no clue not even the identity of the corpse nothing to start from but the Norths and their black cat Pete Detective Weigand began spinn. ,
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K up another in the series but it won t be for awhile I have been randomly reading Lockridge s series for the ast year and finally stumbled on Book 1 in the series For any reader interested in this series of gentle and slightly comic classic murder mysteries I recommend reading them in order I didn t do that but highly recommend that you do what I didn t doThe character development is far interesting if the books are experienced in seuence In this novel Mr Mrs North literally stumble upon a body the fun begins when they start sharing cocktails with the investigating officer Cocktails are a critical component of the Mr Mrs North stories and even the accomplished Our Fake Relationship police officer in charge of the case doesn t have aroblem tipping a few martinis during lunch I have to keep reminding myself that martini glasses were much much smaller in the 30 s and 40 s But a three martini lunch while on duty This series is filled with The Blitzkrieg Legend period details which I love each story takes you on a restaurant and bar tour of Greenwich Village or mid town Manhattan and Lockridge has a knack for creating an air of stylish living without over doing it Theolice The Crown proceduralarts of his books bore me a bit but the fun of spending a few hours in the North s world is what lures me to return to another one of his booksPS DVD s are available of the televised Mr Mrs North mysteries from the 1950 s they are not nearly as much fun as the books but they may be of interest to fans of classic tv Über Nacht programs Maybe objectively a 3 12 star book but I had fun so I m rounding upFull disclosure I only read this book because Multnomah county library accidentallyut it well actually a "Later One In The Series "one in the series their list of Lambda award finalists While I did realize it was written in 1940 and therefore not a legitimate finalist I thought I d have a go anyway Overall it Ad Astra proved a light fun golden age mystery Notarticularly revolutionary but a great comfort read if murder mysteries are what you turn to in anxious times like these And the main trio had a delightful Singin in the Rain vibe if you know what I mean Yeah that s the euphemism we re going with from now onHeads up for some eriod typical racism with regards to the Japanese suspect although the worst of it doesn t really go anywhere Current review 62916 Nobody is going to that much trouble to get murdered But if you re going to murder somebody you expect to go to a lot of trouble I would Pam NorthThe Norths Meet Murder 1940 is a lovely beginning to Frances Richard Lockridge s series which features to varying degrees Pam and Jerry North as the slightly Ing his web and gathered into it the most amazing heterogeny before he with the aid of Mrs North's hunches carried through to a brilliant entertaining and fascinating solutio.