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Re: Least Favourite Character!

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Posted by Peter Hyland on August 28, 2018 at 05:49:31 user Peter_H.

In Reply to: Re: Least Favourite Character! posted by Adam Quinan on August 28, 2018 at 04:56:34:

" . . .there wouldn't have been much of a story."

Yes, I think AR was more concerned with dramatic effect at the conclusion of The Big Six. The book was published in 1940, and in the mid-20th century 'murder mystery' plays and books nearly always ended with the full cast of characters assembled in a room so that the 'sleuth' could dramatically reveal the identity of the killer. It was always someone you didn't expect, and there would usually be a sudden struggle ("Look out - he's got a gun!") and a chase before capture. Anyone who remembers the Paul Temple series on UK radio will recall that every story ended like that. I think AR was doing much the same but, I think, slightly tongue in cheek.

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