onsdag den 10. juni 2009

DJ´s Bait in the Box # 21

[The beautiful box belongs to Kerrie, Mysteries in Paradise]

This British crime novel is among the earliest in a long series.

“The child was lying partially on its stomach just beyond the flintstone wall in a bed of bloomless creeping jenny. By the length and the cut of hair it appeared to be a boy. He was very dead. Even if she had been silly enough or hysterical enough to convince herself that he was merely asleep, explaining why he would be sleeping completely naked in a late afternoon growing colder by the minute was an impossibility. And why under a tree in a copse of pines where the temperature was even lower than it would be had he sought out the last rays of the afternoon sun? And why would he sleep in that unusual position, with his right hip taking the burden of his weight and his legs splayed out, and his right arm twisted awkwardly so that it was doubled up beneath itself, and his head turned to the left with three-quarters of it pressed into the ground, into the creeping jenny? Yet his skin was quite flushed – very nearly red – and surely that indicated warmth, life, the pulse and flow of blood…”

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Gæt en bog # 21.
Denne britiske krimi er blandt de første i en lang serie.

“Barnet lå delvist på maven lige ved siden af flintestensmuren i et bed af fredløs uden blomster. Ud fra frisuren og hårlængden så det ud til at være en dreng. Han var meget død. Selv hvis hun havde været fjollet og hysterisk nok til at overbevise sig selv om, at han kun sov, var det umuligt at forklare, hvorfor han skulle ligge og sove fuldstændigt nøgen en sen eftermiddag, som blev koldere og koldere for hvert minut. Og hvorfor under et træ i en underskov af fyrretræer hvor temperaturen var endnu lavere end den ville have været hvis han havde udsøgt sig eftermiddagens sidste solstråler? Og hvorfor skulle han sove i den usædvanlige stilling, med vægten på højre hofte og benene drejet udad, og hans højre arm vredet så akavet at den var helt foldet sammen, og hovedet drejet mod venstre, så tre fjerdedele af det blev presset ned i jorden, ned i bedet med fredløs? Og dog glødede hans hud – næsten rødt – og det måtte bestemt betyde varme, liv, puls og strømmende blod…”

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13 kommentarer:

maxine sagde ...

By an author who has two nationalities?

Dorte H sagde ...

Not as far as I know.

Bernadette in Australia sagde ...

I'm clueless. As usual. I like Kerrie's mum's biscuit tin though.

Julia Smith sagde ...

Ooo...what a gorgeous tin.

What a great detail: 'just beyond the flintstone wall in a bed of bloomless creeping jenny' - I like the bloomless bit.

Louise sagde ...

Why is it that I always feel like I've read the darn book, and that the title is at the tip of my tongue....anyway, is the main-detective male in this series?

Dorte H sagde ...

I am absolutely certain Maxine and Bernadette know the author very well, and probably also this story.
Louise, you probably know it. The main detective is male, but some readers like his female sidekick more.

Julia and Bernadette: the beautiful tin was a gift from Kerrie to her mother on mother´s day. Fortunately she remembered to take a picture first :D

Beth F sagde ...

I never know these. But sometimes when you post the review, I realize I've read the book!

Bernadette in Australia sagde ...

Well that's a good clue Dorte. I am thinking perhaps it is an earlier work by the author whose last tome I am struggling through right now. If I am right it's probably fair enough that I don't recognise the passage since I've read this series roguhly as they were released and the first one came out in 1988. I can't remember what I read last week, let alone something I read 20 years ago.

Dorte H sagde ...

Bernadette; you´ve got it LOL

Beth, you may have. And I can understand that people don´t remember this one any more. But when I choose new books, there are not enough of my readers who know it yet so ...

Philip sagde ...

Short memories or no, I'd think people who've had an educationally fruitful immersion course in homicide would might get this one.

Louise sagde ...

Now I am not so sure anymore. I just wrote a comment in the other post about this one, and asked if it was a male and a female detective, and now I see that it is...but if it is the one I am thinking about then I am not sure it is the first in a series, but rather number 3 or 4. Bernadette's comment could easily fit the author I am thinking of, but I am just not sure!

Lauren sagde ...

Ah yes. Not my favourite author, as it happens. Nothing like some outdated class relationships and a detective driving a Bentley to give a realistic impression of life in Britain...

And I'm fairly sure the readers who prefer the sidekick also prefer the television version.

Dorte H sagde ...

Philip, I am glad your knowledge about homicide helps you. I can also see ´how´, but still I am not sure I would remember the case if I had read it many years ago.

Louise, I think you are right. And as Bernadette has said now (to the Cold Feet post), it is the third in the seires.

Lauren, I did like her once even though I have never seen her books as very realistic. Dorothy Sayers spin-off, rather. I am not sure it is only TV viewers who prefer the woman, however.