Ng the text hard to understand in spots I had to keep going back and re reading particularly conversations Unfortunately Jerry North is just a background scribble I had thought this was a modern period cosy until I realised it was published in 1940 I think it s meant to be set in the 1930s like its spiritual ancestor but it s definitely police procedural and less supersleuth I guess I just can t forgive the Lockridges for not being Dashiell Hammet or at least Raymond Chandler who were better at creating atmosphere through details of dress weather cars tc This book is mostly conversation and a character s thought processesA reasonably good read Three and a half stars I have been randomly reading Lockridge s series for the past year and finally stumbled on Book 1 in the series For any reader interested in this series of gentle and slightly comic classic murder mysteries I recommend reading them in order I didn t do that but highly recommend that you do what I didn t doThe character development is far interesting if the books are xperienced in seuence In this novel Mr Mrs North literally stumble upon a body the fun begins when they start sharing cocktails with the investigating officer Cocktails are a critical component of the Mr Mrs North stories and ven the accomplished police officer in charge of the case doesn t have a problem tipping a few martinis during lunch I have to keep reminding myself that martini glasses were much much smaller in the 30 s and 40 s But a three martini lunch while on duty This series is filled with period details which I love ach story takes you on a restaurant and bar tour of Greenwich Village or mid town Manhattan and Lockridge has a knack for creating an air of stylish living without over doing it The police procedural parts of his books bore me a bit but the fun of spending a few hours in the North s world is what lures me to return to another one of his booksPS DVD s are available of the televised Mr Mrs North mysteries from the 1950 s they are not nearly as much fun as the books but they may be of interest to fans of classic tv programs Nearly 80 years after The Norths Meet Murder was first published in 1940 this debut novel to a series introducing Jerry and Pamela North a fun version of Nick and Nora Charles still delights When the couple discover a murdered man in the apartment above theirs they obviously become drawn into the investigation headed by the sympathetic Lieutenant William Weigand I loved the mystery which I never cracked and I loved the glimpse into 1930s Greenwich Village and a sophisticated life I ll never have It s also interesting to see that the third degree was pretty standard ven in the mid century Highly recommended Maybe objectively a 3 12 star book but I had fun so I m rounding upFull disclosure I only read this book because Multnomah county library accidentally put it well actually a later one in the series on their list of Lambda award finalists While I did realize it was written in 1940 and therefore not a legitimate finalist I thought I d have a go anyway Overall it proved a light fun golden age mystery Not particularly revolutionary but a great comfort read if murder mysteries are what you turn to in anxious times like these And the main trio had a delightful Singin in the Rain vibe if you know what I mean Yeah that s the uphemism we re going with from now onHeads up for some period typical with regards to the Japanese suspect although the worst of it t really go
Anywhere A Million Years Ago When I Was A Girl A million years ago when I was a girl thought that the Mr and Mrs North mysteries were the height of sophistication I read very one I could find and I am delighted to see these marvelous stories available a new audience for KindleAlthough this book was published in 1940 hardly shows its age The gang s all here Pam and Jerry North of course Lt Bill Weigand Detective Mullins and The Bookshop on the Shore even Inspector O Malley makes his appearance The only ones missing are the Siamese cats whom I seem to remember as Gin Martini and Sherry I couldasily be wrong as long term memory is fickle Everyone smokes of course and there is uite a lot of drinking but mostly this myst Current review 62916 Nobody is going to that much trouble to get murdered But if you re going to murder somebody you xpect to go to a lot of trouble I would Pam NorthThe Norths Meet Murder 1940 is a lovely beginning to Frances Richard Lockridge s series which features to varying degrees Pam and Jerry North as the slightly screwy yet classy amateur sleuth husband and wife team and the sharp Lieutenant later Captain Bill Weigand and his faithful often confused sidekick Detective Aloysius Mullins This first outing is a bit police procedural than later installments and we spend a great deal of time following Weigand and Mullins around as they hunt down clues and interview suspects Pam and Jerry appear at the beginning and ndas well as popping up now and again throughout but this is really Weigand s bookThe story opens with Jerry returning home from work in a rather grumpy mood to find that Pam has decided that they need to throw a party And the The Art of Memoir empty apartment on the top floor of their building will be the perfect location because there was so much room and she had just thought of it She had already gone uparlier that day and checked out the space just to be sure and had cleared the idea with their landlady Mrs Buano All she needs now is for Jerry to tell her what a fine idea it is and to go upstairs with her so she The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life explain all the important details like where they ll place the bar for instance Once he has downednough cocktails he is persuaded to go upstairs But instead of visualizing the party arrangements and the xpected guests he and Pam find an unexpected guest already lounging Ound a murdered man in the bathtubWith no clue not ven the identity of the corpse nothing to start from but the Norths and their black cat Pete Detective Weigand began spinn. .
N the bathtub Naked And very deadThis brings the cops Lots of cops Six cars very which way Mrs North called xcitedly They don t pay any attention to one way streets Seven cars and there s going to be a crowdIt also brings Lieutenant Bill Weigand and Sergeant Mullins It isn t long before the body is identified and it is discovered that the man moved within some of the same social circles as the Norths Which gives them a bit of a motive albeit tenuous Weigand will sift the clues to find those that point to the true villain of the pieceIt was a great delight to read this once again I first read it about twenty years ago or so from the library And have since gotten my very own copy When the Mystery Reporter Challenge called for a book that involved a party I decided it was time to revisit my friends the Norths The book is a lot of fun The dialogue and the descriptions are breezy and delightful Pam s apparent non seuiturs keep Jerry Weigand and Mullins on their toes This time around I was struck by how much I love Mullins and his distrust of screwy murders and ven screwier witnesses I was also struck by the racism in Mullins s treatment of a Japanese servant I hadn t remembered that from the first reading I m convinced that it had a great deal to do with the fact that this book came out during World War II and I hope I m remembering correctly that there is little of it in later booksThe police procedural nature of the book is decent although the clues are not uite fair play There is an interesting alibi involved and the wrap up has a medium sized dose of female in jeopardy when Pam realizes who the murderer must be and she realizes that Pam has had a light bulb moment Overall great fun and light ntertainment at it s best I originally gave this four stars This time round I m giving it and a half with a small deduction for the small amount of racismFirst posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please reuest permission before reposting ThanksPrevious mini review from my pre blogging daysI love the zany world of Mr and Mrs North These light mad cap mysteries are just the thing when you want something satisfying that won t make you think too hard five stars on the previous review The characters Pam Jerry North were originally invented by Richard Lockridge for some vignettes he wrote for the New York Sun during the arly thirties and which he later resurrected in the short domestic comedies he contributed to The New Yorker by which time the Norths had acuired their full names but not yet their abilities as amateur detectives A collection of the stories was published in 1936 as Mr and Mrs North The crime novels originated when Frances Lockwood started writing a mystery during one summer vacation Stuck on a plot complication she called on her husband for help and the writing team was launched Because the Norths already had some name recognition the Lockridges decided to use Pam and Jerry as their central characters and retain the humorous tone and The Playful Interaction Between The playful interaction between the from the arlier stories The first Mr and Mrs North mystery The Norths Meet Murder was published in 1940 by Charles L P SiletThe Norths Meet Murder opens as Jerry comes home from his office at a publishing house and finds Pam planning a party in the vacant apartment on the top floor of their appartement building The mpty flat can provide the space to dance and to set up a bar that their second floor flat lacks Since their landlady Mrs Bruno is having trouble renting out the place she has left the door unlocked in order to allow prospective renters to
in without her when Pam and Jerry arrive at the topflat to have a look at Mrs Norths plan they discover the corpse of a man with his head bashed in lying naked in the bath tub in the bathroomThis discovery changes the plans for a party rather immediatelyThe police officers who are called in to investigate are Bill Weigand and his assistant Detective Sergeant Aloysius Clarence Mullins The inspector Wiegand does do the most sleuthing in this 1st novel of the series while Mullins does most of the legwork We get to know the cast of possible suspects through the interviews by Wiegand and through those talks and reports by Mullins we get nough insight in the various character interactions to stablish some idea of the guilty partyThe narrative of the plot is carefully detailed in chapters with specific time limits 800 AM to noon over the five days of the investigationThis mysterybook is a period mystery set in the late 1930s and written in 1940 the culture of this time with the smoking and drinking shows it origin from older times The very cavalier attitude by the police with their acceptance of beating a admission of guilt out of a suspect along with the casual drinking on the job by the police sets a mood of innocent times Where the CSI is still in his infant shoes what makes the mystery probably a nicer read And the murderer still a smart figure that could get away with stuff that is currently impossibleI am a big fan of Nora Nick Charles mostly due to their outragious movies characters and how they casually solve mystery and crime without having them stop their drinkingPam Jerry North are not as suave and drunk but they do like their cocktails And so does inspector Wiegand In this 1st outing it is Wiegand who does the most sleuthing and njoying the company of the Norths Mrs North being the smarter and volved character than her husband comes to the solution with the same knowledge as Wiegand by accidentA nice period mystery for people who njoy the mysteries from before the big crimelabs and in a innocent and romantisized settingWell worth my time and I will probably seek out a later novel to see where the Norths The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl evolved to This one would be a 3 12 star for me. Ing his web and gathered into it the most amazing heterogeny before he with the aid of Mrs North's hunches carried through to a brilliantntertaining and fascinating solutio.Look In Without Her