Book Notes: Sophie Hannah’s The Couple at the Table

While Americans are engaging in a scheduled installment of their favorite ritualistic masturbation session around “the n-word,” I want to share that the newest cozy mystery by Sophie Hannah is excellent. Hannah has been writing Agatha Christie mysteries (which I don’t read), and studying the founder of the genre has done wonders for Hannah’s contemporary novels.

The characters in this novel are absolutely horrid, the mystery is really cozy, the ending is great. What I really enjoy is that the victim and the victimizer are total bitches from hell. There are no good guys here. Everybody is either a pathetic weakling or a vicious narcissist. So much fun! Highly recommended.

5 thoughts on “Book Notes: Sophie Hannah’s The Couple at the Table

  1. What I really enjoy is that the victim and the victimizer are total bitches from hell. There are no good guys here. Everybody is either a pathetic weakling or a vicious narcissist

    Thanks for the warning.

    I’m still trying to clean my brain out from that skillful pustule George. I can forgive writers who insist on using sacrosanct when a clean off-limits will do (and she does get better) but those books are pure quill poz.

    Rereading Sayers

    Chacun is very very much a son gout.

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    1. If you are looking for a character to like or root for, this is definitely not a book for you. But it’s a great book for me as I don’t like sweet, wholesome characters.

      Nothing wrong with either preference, of course.

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      1. Good to know. I imagine that’s a plus in academia. No shade in preferring salty to sweet (I like both, but prefer the former) in stories, and sometimes in life**. A truly sweet person is rare as hen’s teeth but a joy to be around***

        But I’m giving you the hairy eyeball over not liking “wholesome”. Preferring vice to virtue is foolish taste to cultivate.

        *Doesn’t have to be a whole psychological deep dive, just, real.
        **I miss him still
        ***And her.

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