The Wooden Overcoat

The Wooden Overcoat

Book - 2006 | 1st American ed.
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This 1951 comic mystery in the tradition of Eveyln Waugh, Sarah Caudwell, Ruth Dudley Edwards and the early Robert Barnard features a London club for wrongfully acquitted murders and was the No. 1 Paperback Bestseller for December 2005 for stores in the Independent Mystery Booksellers Assocaition.
Publisher: Lyons, [Colo.] : Rue Morgue Press, c2006.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780915230884
Branch Call Number: BRANC
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 23 cm.


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Apr 20, 2018

Pamela Branch manages to have a lot of fun with a trail of dead bodies and a cast of characters who might feel right at home with Sweeney Todd. The notion of an exclusive club to benefit wrongly acquitted murderers offers the ideal scenario within which to stage this very British farce. I expected to find myself laughing a great deal but in that I was a bit disappointed. I think the book would fare better as the basis for a staged play, where the comedic skill of the actors and the ludicrous personalities they portray would make for a more enjoyable experience.

Jul 13, 2016

Such a comedy that you forget the grimness of murder. The idea of having wrongfully acquitted murderers living together is great though most of them are old and slightly annoying and remind me of Dad's Army. The neighbors' misadventures however is particularly amusing to follow. The ending is a little dull compared to the last part of action that took place. Recommended for people who are a fan of humor and absurdity. An audio adaptation was made by Mark Gatiss of Sherlock and Doctor Who fame.


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Jul 13, 2016

“Let's worry like mad. Shall we start on a worldwide basis and work down to ourselves, or start with ourselves and spread?"

"I'm going to do me-and-Peter and that dead man."

"All right. I'm just going to do a wee one about Bunny and then I'll join you. Always creeping around telling tales and stealing people's tights! How can anyone be that scrofulous and live? Now if somebody bumped him off, that would make sense.”

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