The Casebook of Constance and Charlie, Vol. 1

by Kate Wilhelm | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0312245017 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 8/27/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 27, 2006
From the Publisher
This omnibus reprints The Hamlet Trap, Smart House, and Seven Kinds of Death -- three novels featuring the popular detecting duo. Constance and Charlie evoke comparisons to Nick and Nora Charles only through their comfortable life and their loving relationship, but Leidl and Meiklejohn are unique in mystery fiction: a loving middle-aged couple who catch the most interesting cases. The stories included here involve them in murders among a theater group, an artists' colony, and inside a technological deathtrap. Each is riveting, each is excellent.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 26, 2006
This book is an omnibus of three books, The Hamlet Trap,Smart House and Seven Kinds of Death.
I love this duo detective team. Constance and Charlie communicate silently they are so in tune with each other. C&C get inside the heads of their suspects like no other team. I will review the stories in order of preference

The Hamlet Trap
A neat story based on a murder at a small town playhouse. This story brings together jealousies and secrets. Slowly but surely C&C unravel the threads and wind up with a really good twist.

Smart House
This story is about a house where the computer does everything. The inventor has sunk all of his company's funds in the house and then winds up dead. Everyone wanted him dead but they all have alibis. Could the house have killed him? A very neat concept and well thought out. The only nit was that I had to read the final pages a few times to work it out as my concentration level must have been low

Seven Kinds of Death
This was definitely not my fvourite. I had a real hard time getting into the story but once I did It really went fast. An artist's colony is the scene this time. This case featured Constance a little more and was a bit more otherworldly. Still a good mystery

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
mailed today to Ielfling as part of a trade

Journal Entry 4 by ielfling on Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Hooray, more excellent holiday reading! Thanks, AceOfHearts, much appreciated. I've read the first two stories before, and most of the other Charlie and Constance mysteries, but hadn't come across 'Seven Kinds of Death' so am looking forward to that one particularly.

Journal Entry 5 by ielfling on Monday, January 08, 2007
Thanks, and I'd have to agree with AceOfHearts, 'Seven Kinds of Death' wasn't as enjoyable as the other two stories. It actually felt kind of clunky, especially to begin with - I found myself checking publication dates to see whether Wilhelm wrote this earlier than the others (she didn't). Unlike the other two stories, I don't think I'd re-read this one. By the end of it, I was starting to be interested in the characters, but it wasn't great. The other two mysteries do make up for it, though - I really love Smart House, especially. I'll wild release this now, if I can figure out a good place to do so. Thanks, AceOfHearts!

Journal Entry 6 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, February 04, 2007
Received today in a parcel from ielfling for the 4th NZ BookCrossing Convention.
Not an author or characters with whom I am familiar. Pity there is not time to check this one out. I'm sure it will be snapped up with glee by someone.
Thanks very much ielfling for sending this package.

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