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Readings for May 2018

April showers bring May showers.

The Man Upon the Stair by Gary Inbinder

The Man Upon the Stair bills itself as "a mystery in Fin de si├Ęcle Paris." I'm not too proud to admit that I had to look it up to discover that meant "turn of the century." In my general quest to expand my reading horizons, I decided a mystery was on order. This particular title with its setting seemed a bit more interesting than your generic mystery fare.

Sadly I cannot say that this novel left a great impression upon me. The mystery tropes are all there and I enjoyed being led through the twists and turns of the plot. Also the setting was pretty fun. However the issue for me was that the there was not a sense of urgency motivating the characters. There did not seem to be a great significance to the crime nor the mystery surrounding it. I often wondered, "what is everyone so bothered about?" as the characters scrabled all around Paris and indeed France in search of clues at all hours.

Not recommended.