Saturday, May 28, 2011

Opening Sentence of the Day: The James Joyce Murder

James Joyce's Ulysses, as almost everybody knows by now, is a long book recounting life in Dublin on a single day: June 16, 1904.
 -- The James Joyce Murder by Amanda Cross.  This is the second in her series featuring English professor Kate Fansler. I haven't read the first one yet, so I am breaking with my usual rule of reading a series in order. I feel so wild.

I think I am really going to like this one. It was published in 1967, so satisfies my recent yearning for vintage mysteries (even if it is past the 1960 cut-off date for the Vintage Mystery Challenge), it has a literary theme (even if I have mixed feelings about Joyce after tackling Finnigans Wake), and it takes place in the Berkshires. 


  1. This book appeals to me too--like the vintage aspect, the literary aspect, and the Irish aspect.

    May have to put it on the list.

  2. There does seem to be some appeal in those literary mysteries, almost like you're enjoying the literary merit of the actual read and the referenced book. Not a very enticing opening to a book, but seems like an interesting premise...

  3. Having just read Ulysses recently, this sounds rather therapeutic.

  4. I read this one! Nice stuff.


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