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Apr 12, 2007  |  Vote 0    0

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Stratford Gazette

ADULT

The Act of Roger Murgatroyd:

An Entertainment

By Gilbert Adair

@SPL: FIC Adair

For anyone who reads and re-reads Agatha Christie novels as I do, The Act of Roger Murgatroyd is a real gem of a novel, as it is a wonderful homage to the original "queen of cozies" and locked-room murders. Author Gilbert Adair has filled his little novel with every Christie-stereotype, including a detective novelist "Evadne Mount", the equivalent to Christie's own "Ariadne Oliver."

The title itself is an allusion to two Christie novels (A Murder in Three Acts, The Death of Roger Ackroyd) and a Christie character (Miss Murgatroyd, of A Murder is Announced).

This story is a delight from cover to cover, and Christie fans (and fans of the Father Brown and other 1920's mysteries) will love recognizing their favourite caricatures, and pouncing on the details at which Adair pokes fun.

Adair spoofs the language, the settings, the plot twists and especially the dialogue of the best of the Golden Age mysteries, and even if you can't see the solution a mile away, you'll have fun getting there. - R.G.

YOUTH

The Scrapbooker's Idea Book

Kathy Ross, 2007, 48 pages

@ SPL: J 745.593 Ros

In recent years, scrapbooking has become a popular and fun pastime for people of all ages. The Scrapbooker's Idea Book is an attractive, colourful volume which offers step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for 22 scrapbooking projects. Using low-cost (or no-cost) materials, many of which can be found around the home, children can make scrapbook covers, picture frames, labels, lettering and more.

First-time adult scrapbookers may also find these ideas useful. Kathy Ross is the author of many attractive craft books for children, all of which feature simple instructions and many diagrams.

Some of the titles that may interest children are: Crafts for Kids Who are Wild about Dinosaurs, Crafts for Kids Who are Wild about Outer Space, Make Yourself a Monster and All New Crafts for Earth Day.

They may be found on the lower floor in the library, where a large collection of attractive craft books for children is offered, including books on drawing, cartooning, paper mach and many more crafts.

Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years. - S.H.

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