The Speckled Band Book Club Meetup

  • February 13, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Good evening!

Last month's novel 'Rivers of London' received mixed reviews from the Speckled Band Bookers last night: "liked it", "surprised" and "crisp," it moved along with "a steady pace" and was described as very readable.

On the other hand, the character Peter Grant was seen to be "one dimensional" with suggestions that the writer had ignored any problems connected with the Grant's bi-raciality. On the hole, several people also thought that the fantasy aspects of the urban fantasy genre hadn't been thought through and the main theme wasn't really resolved.

In February we will discuss 'The Man in the Queue' by Josephine Tey. The theme is Daggers, Poison and Revolvers: Novels from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and it was chosen by Andrew.

Best wishes,



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  • Carole E.

    Read first part of The Man in the Queue but afraid didn't have time to finish it or attend last evening. Life has been rather busy of late and hope to concentrate more on local activities in the coming weeks. Found this book jumped around a bit, with many characters, just couldn't get into storyline.

    February 14, 2014

  • Selene P.


    February 14, 2014

  • Ruth D.

    Hi I am unfortunately going to be working away from home on Thursday evening so can't make it to the group after all. I read the book very quickly and enjoyed it. At first I found the term 'Dago' rather difficult to take but realise the language was very much of it's time. Very well written , lovely use of language. Descriptive and pacey. Liked the change of locations and the twists and turns in the plot. Conjured up mid century Britain beautifully. Tey obviously earned her fame through clever and intelligent writing.

    February 10, 2014

  • Marie C.

    Sorry, I am not able to get to the meeting this Thursday.
    I enjoyed the book - especially the 'old fashioned' descriptive language!

    February 9, 2014

  • Kamila

    Just to let you know. I have finished "The Man in the Queue" and returned a copy (the book? a book? Sorry about my English) to the Newport Pagnell library. It's a large print edition.

    January 18, 2014

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