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Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 10:32 pm
The Curse of The House of Foskett

Dear Blogger,

Sad news first. I failed Managerial Accounting again. This time, I have to retake the whole module. I was so sure I would pass this time. I really don't know what happened. Worse of all, there is no way I can drop this module because it's a core module in my course. The question now is, should I retake it in the new semester or take a break and take it in the following semester? Half of me said get it over and done with. The other half said I should chill and try again when I'm ready. Of how do I hate accounting!

One thing I don't hate is a good murder mystery novel. Especially when it's "inspired" or a total rip-off from the Sherlock books. I saw this book at the "New Books" shelf in the library and immediately put it in my borrowing basket. When it has a title like "The Curse of the House of Foskett", you know murder and detective are involved.

The Curse of the House of Foskett by M.R.C Kasasian is the sequel to The Mangle Street Murders. I haven't read the first book but I sure will when I find it in the library. The series features Sydney Grice and March Middleton, a Holmes-Watson pair that is so uncannily alike. Grice has high IQ with very poor EQ like Holmes. Middleton happens to have a medical background and the heart of the duo, like Watson.

Besides the character similarities, the background setting is also alike. Both are set in late 19th century London, with vivid descriptions of Victorian London life. I don't have encyclopaedic knowledge of 19th century London, so if there are historical inaccuracies in the novel, I wouldn't know unless it's very obvious like driving a four wheel drive vehicle on London roads in that century.

The plot is well-paced, although after a while, Grice can get quite annoying with his passive investigation. Much of the action in this novel was done by Middleton, who was described as dark and ugly. I don't think she's ugly. She just wasn't a typical definition of beauty at that time. One thing I didn't like about Grice was his sexism and low respect for women. Holmes wasn't well-mannered either but he was never rude to women.

Overall, the book is a good distraction from the stress of reality. It's not original but I wouldn't count out not reading the series. I did finish reading it in about a week after all.


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