- File Size: 887 KB
- Print Length: 430 pages
- Publisher: Bud Crawford; 4 edition (August 11, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0058HTTJI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fit To Curve (An Ellen and Geoffrey Fletcher Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The theme seems to me to be a consideration of morality - not just sexual morality (or immorality), though there's some of that too, for those who like to read such descriptions, but all kinds of morality, including that part that some would call "ethics", which doesn't only apply to doctors and lawyers, or "integrity". For how high a price might you sell your soul? Then, of course, it's usually immoral to kill someone, though there may be moral reasons for doing that, as in self-defense, or the defense of someone else, and then one question is whether a particular death was a murder or an accident or natural causes. Morality is an important part of character, either the kind of character that is about integrity, or the kind that is about accurate description of a person, one who feels real - "three-dimensional" in analogy. When A uses B as a tool to get what A wants, regardless of what B wants, whether sexually or in other areas, without consideration for harm to third parties, I believe that is immoral.
I find the writing superlative. Throwing another curve, there is the problem that another reviewer noted, of the need for a good proofreader, with simple typographical errors and "spellcheck" misspelling jolting one's consciousness out of the world of the story, but with e-books, that can be fixed midstream, and I believe that may be happening: in the version that was set on my Kindle, almost two months ago, there is one 10% chunk of the novel that is practically perfect, lacking errors consistent before and after that chunk. (Reading again, five years later, at least the second edition, much fixing of errata has been done.)
I LOVE this book. I don't know why it hasn't yet been seized upon by the academics and landed in the "Great Books" canon. Bob Dylan (finally) made it to a Nobel Prize, and I think the characters, subtleties, and philosophy make it much more than "just a mystery" or "just a novel", though the mystery is fine for people who only want that, and the characters and their individual voices or patterns of thought are most thoroughly entwined with with the mysteries, necessary to the story. Rereading (this paragraph is part of the edit) only deepens the appreciation! If there's any justice in the world, the book is going to be assigned for critical analysis in graduate level seminars.
I believe that I'll be thinking about this book, and the problems posed in it, beyond mystery stories, for quite a while.
I suppose, what causes what confusion I felt, was the admixture of mystery sub-genres the author includes: there is first, and for much of the way, the most significant aspect-the long-winded leisurely build up and elaborate detail, which were so much a part of early mysteries, when the author was often paid by the word (but also was a duplication of the general novelists approach of the day); secondly, there are all the accouterments of the cozy, detailed descriptions of food dishes, furnishings, clothing, and the like, along, of course, with the essential pets, beloved intimates of their masters and mistresses; and, third, there are the inserted sex-play scenes, which are clearly intended to be the spice in the dish (although, to be fair, some of it does help build up the image of some of the character}s.
What to recommend? To the reader accustomed to the heavy mysteries by best-selling authors, who, I think, are advised to make their books fat enough to justify to the reader the high price of the hard cover and then the paper bound editions, this could be just what they are looking for. For the typical reader of the less expensive volumes by best-selling kindle mystery writers, the pace would likely be too leisurely for their taste, since these kindle e-books, tend to get down to business with little delay. I don't think I can be any more helpful than that.
Oh,yes, for the reader like me, relatively rare, I should think, who has accommodated to the robot reading device, be prepared for a good bit of confusion since the shift in first persons is without warning and one will often go through a few minutes of confusion before some clarity emerges (if it ever does). I tried both approaches to the book and eye-reading was better (though more of a strain on eyes that cannot take much of it).