Thursday, April 4, 2019

Book Beginning: The Robineau Look



It was dark when the train pulled into Bay Minette. I leaned close to the window and peered out into the night, trying to see what the town was like, but it was too dark to see much.

-- The Robineau Look by Kathleen Moore Knight. I've been reading more vintage mysteries thanks to Bev at My Reader's Block and her annual Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge.

This one is pretty random. It's a 1955 stand alone story set at a family reunion in Alabama bayou country. I picked it up at a library sale because I liked the "Crime Club" book guide. According to the symbol inside the cover on this one, it falls into the "Damsel in Distress" category.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


It was a bit amusing to notice, here and there among these strangers, an occasional person who bore unmistakable family characteristics -- the Robineau look, Brice called it. Our remote ancestor, the first Bertrand Robineau, had certainly left a lengthening trail of footprints on the sands of time.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Tempting! Thanks for sharing.

Roberta said...

The book guide is priceless, especially the categories. "Chase and Adventure,"or"Humor and Homicide"? Thank you for sharing it.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I love these vintage murders and used to feed on them avidly back in my teenage days, whenever I could sneak them off of my dad's library book pile without him noticing!

It looks as though this one was released here in the UK as 'The Robineau Murders', although it has been impossible to track down a premise on any of the sites.

I love the 'Crime Club' book guide, the language of words was so different, more genteel than today's 'Tell it like it is' option!

Thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF. I hope that you are well and looking forward to spring :)



Louise @ Foxes & Fairy Tales said...

Beautiful cover!

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I like the look of this!

Breana M. said...

I like the sound of The Robineau Look. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

Yvonne said...

Sounds interesting and I like the cover.

fredamans said...

I like that opening!! i added you to the LInky. Happy weekend!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I'd be creeped to pull into a dark town. I'd stay on the train!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I love it that the book has a guide to let you know what type of mystery you are reading. Very funny.

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds like fun. I am on a mystery kick right now too. This week I am spotlighting Come and Get Me by August Norman. Happy reading!

Laura said...

I live less than half an hour from Bay Minette. I'm always looking for stories that take place in my neck of the woods. I'll be sure to give this a look:)

My Friday 56 for Sit... Stay... Beg

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Cute old edition. Hope you have fun reading it.

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