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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
On The Beach (Vintage Classics)
Nevil Shute Norway
The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Obscure Destinies
Willa Cather
A Start in Life (The Michael Cullen Novels)
Alan Sillitoe
Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation
Kristofer Layon

Charlie Chan Carries on

Charlie Chan Carries on - Earl Derr Biggers Although this is a Charlie Chan book, Charlie doesn't actually show up until the second-half of the book. Rather, Inspector Duff of Scotland Yard, whom we met in Charlie's third adventure in San Francisco, is the major protagonist in the first-half of the book.

A member of a party on a round-the-world tour is murdered in a London hotel. Inspector Duff investigates, but can't pin the crime on any of the members of the party and eventually has to let them continue on with the trip. Duff gets leave to join them and continues around the world with the tour through the middle east, India and south east Asia. He's still with them by the time they get to Hawaii, by which time several more murders have happened. While consulting with Charlie, Duff himself is shot (not fatally) and Charlie takes over the investigation. Charlie, of course, figures things out on the 6-day voyage from Hawaii to San Francisco.

I dunno, this was a decent enough book, but I don't think it was as good as the first few books in the series, nor the last one for that matter.