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A Departure from the Rules Mass Market Paperback – 1960


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books; First Thus edition (1960)
  • ASIN: B000OFMPMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,972,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ivonne on February 28, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joan Smith, a British journalist, activist and novelist, introduces Loretta Lawson, a feminist academic, in A Masculine Ending Dr. Lawson uses the Paris flat of a fellow London University professor while she's in the city for a feminist conference. While there, Dr. Lawson comes to believe that an unknown man has been murdered in that very flat.

I don't want to give to much away by explaining why, but Dr. Lawson cannot go to the French police with her rather wispy suspicions. Instead, aided by her estranged husband, a journalist, and her best friend, a female professor at Oxford University, Dr. Lawson begins to investigate who the unknown man might have been and whether he has, indeed, become the victim of foul play.

The mystery won't be resolved until the last dozen pages -- and I never had the tiniest inkling of the perpetrator. Smith's clever handling of the mystery and her creation of the eminently sensible and likeable Loretta Lawson led me to immediately order Why Aren't They Screaming? so that I can follow the further adventures of Dr. Loretta Lawson.

My only gripe is that Smith only wrote five Lawson mysteries. As the last Lawson novel was released in 1995 and Smith now devotes so much of her time to PEN International, I doubt she will oblige her fans by penning any more. Ah, c'est la vie! We must take the bitter with the sweet, and, with A Masculine Ending, Smith has introduced an amateur sleuth who delivers a very sweet read indeed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. WLG on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy Joan Smith's writing. I found it a bit hard to believe, however, that such a busy woman with a doctorate would really care so much about finding out "who did it". Getting past that, I enjoyed the book just as much as I enjoyed "Full Stop" , which I read first. I really love learning about English culture since I'm from the U.S.A.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tad Richards on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The author is Anthony Robinson this is his first f five novels, he's still healthy and still writing well, and this is an excellent Navy story in the tradition of The Caine Mutiny.
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