Mr. & Mrs. North Continued

I guess I like the Norths, or really, Weigand.  He’s really the one investigating, the Norths just kind of assist, or sometimes get in the way.  And aside from the fact that apparently I like them well enough to have read two more, I haven’t much to say about them.    There’s some tendency to stretch things unnecessarily.  Did we need three extended descriptions of Weigand’s driving in Murder Out of Turn? I sure didn’t.   It takes place at some cabins by a lake which the Norths go to for weekends along with a bunch of other New Yorkers.   A Pinch of Poison takes place back in the city the following summer.   Despite the fact these are supposed to be set 9 months apart, they read like one follows the other much faster than that.   Weigand has apparently made no progress in his romance between the two books, but makes progress during them.

I love the old covers:


They’re not great mysteries, but they’re entertaining, and I think they play fair.    I plan to keep reading them, but not right away.   I feel like something different.   I might read Go Set a Watchman.   I certainly don’t want to read any more spoilers and that seems inevitable, doesn’t it?   I don’t care if it is only 10 pages in.   It’s still a spoiler.   I have some sympathy with the people who don’t want to spoil To Kill a Mockingbird with a lesser pre/sequel, whatever we’re calling it.   The title also bugs me.   I keep trying to finish the sentence.  But it seems like one of those things that’s got to be read and I might as well get it over with and it might even be good.   It could happen.   But I’m not optimistic.

This book covers the square A Method of Murder in the Title for Bev’s Golden Age Mystery Bingo

Mr. & Mrs. North

I do keep getting a few visitors despite my appalling lack of posts.   I will try to do better and give you some reason to stop by.   At the end of June, I read the first of the Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries:  The Norths Meet Murder.   I’ve been aware of the Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries, written by Mr. and Mrs. Lockridge, since my late teens or early twenties, but never actually read one.   I was browsing in Commonwealth Books in Boston when I spied 6 of them in good condition and impulsively snapped them up.   Among them was this one in which the Norths hoping to use the vacant upstairs apartment for a party discover a body in it.   In the course of the investigation, they meet Lieutenant Weigand and hit it off with him so well he essentially tells them everything and they help solve the crime.   They are oddly on the sidelines though, the book follows Weigand and only visits the Norths part of the time.   Very odd situation for a detective novel, let alone the eponymous meeters of murder who go on to star in 25 more books.    I’ve started the second one (I like to read things in order because SOME authors stupidly spoil the plots of their stories in other stories.   Looking at you, Carr.), and the situation seems to be the same, except they’re all on vacation so there’s another cop whose case this officially is.

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Love the covers!

Pam and Jerry North are sort of a cozier Nick and Nora.   They drink a lot, host parties, go to parties, play tennis, and solve mysteries in their spare time.  They are not noir, although they do have a lonely single detective drinking in bars and wandering in the night.   It wasn’t a great mystery, but it was enjoyable enough that I bought a few more and have started the second.  I think the Norths may be with me for a while.  And I think I will use them as a Book with a Detective “Team.”  E1 on the Golden Vintage Mystery Bingo board.