Sunday, December 23, 2012

THE LUCK RUNS OUT by Charlotte MacLeod

Charlotte MacLeod’s The Luck Runs Out involves three crimes.

Someone kidnaps Professor Peter Shandy’s new wife Helen during a gold robbery. She is safely released.

Then someone kidnaps Balaclava Agricultural College’s prized pregnant sow Belinda of Balaclava. As a part of the kidnapping, someone kills Flackley the farrier.

By the way, MacLeod tells us that farriers shoe horses. They are different than blacksmiths which both make the shoes and do the horseshoeing. Both sometimes function as informal veterinarians.

That might seem like a small thing, but it tells you something about this humorous book. If you want to learn esoteric facts or new words, you should read MacLeod. The author bases a part of her humor on her monumental vocabulary and extensive literary knowledge.

I haven’t had to look up as many words since I read Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer years ago. No one taught me more words than Eric Hoffer.

I picked up The Luck Runs Out because I wanted to read something light this Christmas season.

I put two more noir-type books aside for now, looking for something humorous, just good fun. MacLeod's book fills the bill. Its premise is silly, its plot is contrived, and the book is great fun.

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