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Fool Errant: A Benbow Smith Mystery: 1 (The Benbow Smith Mysteries)

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There is humor that offsets the repetitiveness, and each location has its own monomania. After the second time that Gaskarth leaves Filidor alone to go to the local Archonate office, I would have expected him to try to accompany the dwarf. Other than that Filidor does learn along the way, which is the point of the story. How he started off avoiding meaningful endeavors and now sees that sort of life is a waste, even though the adventures have been terrifying and dangerous. Please read chapter one as I did and had to borrow this book immediately (actually I just started it and said, 'well that's how it goes'): http://www.twbookmark.com/books/43/04...

Suddenly out of the darkness there sprang to view one lighted window… the window looked at Hugo with a square, bright eye; and then down came a blind like the dropping of a lid.’ Out of the two I have read Silence in Court is the most puzzle like. Fool Errant is definitely a thriller, so if you are looking for a puzzle focused story, you’re not going to find it there. Wentworth’s writing style seems more creative and she seems more willing to try new things out in her non-Miss Silver books, which I have enjoyed and she does tell a good story. I think it depends on what you want to get out of reading these books. The compound noun knight-errant(always hyphenated, pluralized as knights-errant) dates from medieval literature and refers to a knight who roves the countryside engaging in adventures. Examples Recipes for Murder: 66 Dishes that Celebrate the Mysteries of Agatha Christie (2023) by Karen PierceReally enjoyed the story. It does follow the common "quest" format in fantasy but still offers lots of humor and randomness with all the wit and sarcasm you'd expect in a world built on The Dying Earth.

The villains come from Central Casting. Someone phoned Baddies R Us and requested one evil scientist, one dark and dangerous brute, and a red-headed Bolshie. Fantastic! Further events follow, with the sinister plot against Ross unfolding rapidly. The tension builds up as the day of the “theft” arrives. Wentworth is adept at continually surprising the reader in the final section of the novel leaving the reader wondering if Ross will be triumphant or whether he will be ultimately enveloped by the machinations against him. Things do not go to plan for either side and Ross has the additional task of saving the woman he loves, as this being a Wentworth novel, there must be a love interest. Born in Liverpool, his family moved to Canada when he was five years old. Married since late 1960s, he has three grown sons. He is currently relocated to Britain. He is a former director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Miss Silver, a retired governess-turned private detective, is sometimes compared to Jane Marple, the elderly detective created by Agatha Christie. She works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson.Ambrose Minstrel, the inventor, is undoubtedly eccentric. But even his oddities cannot account for the strange events at Meade House. Young Hugo Ross, Minstrel’s new secretary, feels that all the dark happenings centre somehow on himself – cryptic remarks and veiled glances between Minstrel and his assistant, stealthy footsteps in the dead of night, the offer of a small fortune for the worthless field glasses. And then there is the unknown girl who had called from the dark, the rest of her statement swallowed by the night? But in spite of all his caution, Hugo Ross is drawn into a despicable plot involving government intrigue and espionage. With his own life on the line, how much is he willing to risk for his country? She wrote a series of 32 classic-style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver, the first of which was published in 1928, and the last in 1961, the year of her death. A charming little novel that gets right to the point. Full of perilous twists and turns, one watches as a young man named Filidor travels across a mysterious world with a well-traveled companion, turning himself from a young man of bored leisure into a capable man of action. Fool Errant was originally published in 1929, and introduced the eccentric, elderly series character of Benbow Smith. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

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