FFB: Dover One - In Reference to Murder

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March 08, 2019


Bill Peschel

Porter also wrote an amusing essay for "Murder Ink" on her travails in writing the Dover novels, particularly putting the manuscript through four revisions.

Short take: It's a serious business to be funny.

Rick Robinson

I tried. I really tried, but I just couldn't like this book. I had bought the first three, I think, and tried another, and couldn't get through it either. I ended up giving them to Goodwill, I believe.

BV Lawson

I understand, Rick! I wasn't entirely won over by the book, either. There are unlikeable protagonists, and there are *unlikeable* protagonists. I think Dover definitely falls into the latter category. Whether you can get past that and enjoy the book despite of him, that's the question. Wonder if Goodwill managed to sell those books? :-)

BV Lawson

I vaguely recall that essay in "Murder Ink," Bill, but I haven't read it in a long time. I'll have to try and dig up my copy buried somewhere under my Leaning Tower of Books. Thanks for the reminder!

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