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May 04, 2009


John McFetridge

Aout Louise Penny, the article says, "For readers who prefer a more traditional read, Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series exemplifies the classic, Christie-style whodunit updated for the 21st century."

And that's completely true. The updating is in the completely modern characters, fully developed in the series.


I don't know if it's the zeitgeist, or what, but this subject came up on my site in a discussion of Martin Edwards' "Waterloo Sunset."

Edwards said, in part:

"Because I like 'trad mysteries' with complex plots and plenty of surprises, when I started out I wanted to adapt those features (and classic elements such as 'dying messages' and 'impossible crimes') to the kind of book I felt keen to write - one which also said something about issues within contemporary society."

The discussion takes up the precise issues that yours does here, I think. If you're interested, read the rest at http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/2009/04/detectives-beyond-borders-crimefest_29.html
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carl brookins

Boy, finally a new label with a chance of catching on. I like it a lot and intend to adopt "New Traditionalist" forthwith in all my reviews of such crime fiction. Thanks.

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