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Julia Lee07/12/2011 09:21:03
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I picked up a murder mystery at a charity bookstall and was interesting to find it had philately as quite a crucial part of the plot.

The main character's father is a philatelist... and receives a warning of a dead bird with a Penny Black stuck on its beak. And it develops from there.

Main character is a precocious eleven-year-old with a love of chemistry. You'd better like your mysteries arch and dark!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Carmen08/12/2011 12:45:26
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Ooh! Sounds cool... I've read Hit and Run by Lawrence Block, about a stamp-collecting professional assassin... nice to know there's something else for me to read...

Block's book opens with "Keller drew his pair of tongs from his breast pocket and carefully lifted a stamp from its glassine envelope."

Ahhhh, a purist!

 

Edited By Carmen on 08/12/2011 12:47:02

Julia Lee08/12/2011 12:46:45
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Block's done a whole series on his stamp collecting hitman, and is a collector himself. (And a jolly nice bloke).

The author of Sweetness... is Canadian, you'll be pleased to hear, Carmen.

Carmen08/12/2011 12:47:29
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Very cool, Julia! I'll definitely go looking for those.

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