Sunday, April 28, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "In Pale Battalions" - Robert Goddard (1988)

"In Pale Battalions"...Robert Goddard (1988)
368 pages

I've never been a huge fan of British mysteries.  I tend to be a little harsher with my 'hit or miss' proclamations.  Fortunately, Robert Goddard is a strong hoss.  In this mystery, a young woman discovers long-kept secrets surrounding her birth and now has new secrets of her own to carry.  This family saga murder mystery takes place mostly in England while the tribs of WWI is raging on.   This is a clever and heavily constructed puzzle with dashes of romance and plenty of deception to go around.  The novel is a delicious slow-burn.  Steady, but never rushed,.  The author juggles a variety of characters and the juggling is seamless.  Every “i” gets dotted.

Robert Goddard has a mesmerizing style that lets the reader know they're in good hands.  I discovered this novel while perusing a recommended book list from Stephen King.  (SK loves to recommend books, doesn't he?)  Anyway, on this choice, King got it right.  I've since read two other Robert Goddard mysteries and have enjoyed both.

"A Whiter Shade Of Pale" - Procol Harum / 7" Single (1967)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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