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June's Book of the Month: A Murder is Announced



  • MarcWatson-GrayMarcWatson-Gray Dundee City, United Kingdom ✭✭✭
    Thanks Griselda... Being new to Book of the Month......

    Do we read it, then discuss ?
    Is there a time frame for completion of the book ?
  • GriseldaGriselda ✭✭✭✭
    I think that in the past comments have been posted both by those who know the novel and those who don't, but I'm not sure exactly of the protocol.
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2015
    Sorry, but I would like to know where are we going to post the comments: here or someone will start a Discussion? Thanks!
  • maryamalbulushimaryamalbulushi Oman ✭✭✭
    I believe it's better to start a discussion by ourselves where we gonna post our comments.. ^_^
    We shall not hunt together again, my friend. Our first hunt was here — and our last ... They were good days. Yes, they have been good days...
  • MarcWatson-GrayMarcWatson-Gray Dundee City, United Kingdom ✭✭✭
    Okay.Will we give it a week of reading time for those who want to read it first, then we can start a new Discussion ?

  • GriseldaGriselda ✭✭✭✭
    That's a good idea, and refresh the memory for those who need to.
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    Ok, that's fine, @MarcWatson-Gray!
    Let's read or re-read it!
  • Interesting point. In other books, "Ordeal by Innocence" and "Nemesis"  AC also deals with the problem of nature vs. nurture. in "Crooked House" she plumps for both - It is very clear that the parents were self-absorbed (even perhaps narcisistic, in the case of the mother), but at the end, SPOILER AC has the hero compare the two sisters - saying all the bad traits of the family came out in the younger daughter (i.e. the dishonesty of the grandfather, the ruthlessness of the grandmother etc.) while all the good traits came out in the older daughter - the kindness of the grandfather, the integrity of the grandmother. So I guess she is saying that there is a bunch of potential characteristics based on genetics, but their appearance may (not certainly but maybe) be affected by nurture, i.e. parenting. In Nemesis and in OBI she goes more strongly for nature - SPOILER while she admits these people (Michael Rafiel and Jacko, respectively) Could have been brought up better, she has authoritative figures in both cases state that nothing in the upbringing would have made a difference in the outcome of their turning to crime.
  • GriseldaGriselda ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, I would definitely say that she plumps for Nature. I felt that especially on reading Mrs McGinty's Dead. The "Squire' thought so, and the old lady who was sponsoring the playwright. Heredity is essentially the nub of that novel. With Jacko, and that novel, she could hardly have made any clearer her rather old-fashioned, not to say, perhaps, rather unbending views.
  • MarcWatson-GrayMarcWatson-Gray Dundee City, United Kingdom ✭✭✭
    Just getting into it......But does anyone else think that Josephine is very much like Joyce (From Halloween Party ) ?
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