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Fools Die On Friday Reviews
The twelfth entry in A. A. Fair's (Erle Stanley Gardner's) Donald Lam and Bertha Cool series begins, as do many of the others, with a new client coming into the office and lying to the two detectives. A young woman--"a nice number, brunette, trim, with nice curves"--claims to be Beatrice Ballwin. She offers the partners $500.00 to prevent her uncle, Gerald, from being poisoned by his wife, Daphne. (This book was published in 1947, when people still had names like Beatrice and Daphne.)As always, Bertha is happy to take the money while leaving the execution of the job up to Donald. But, as he points out, he can hardly stand by Gerald Ballwin's side, watching everything that his wife serves him to eat. How, exactly, is he supposed to prevent the guy from being poisoned?Donald comes up with a clever scheme to protect Ballwin that should work perfectly. But then complications occur and all hell breaks loose. The client is unhappy with Donald; Bertha is furious with him, and now the cops are after him. Oh well, it's all in a day's work for Donald, and as always, he'll have to move quickly and intelligently to save his own bacon and that of the firm. As usual, it's fun watching him maneuver his way through the puzzle while Bertha fumes and sputters and Sergeant Frank Sellers stumbles around one step behind him. This is one of the more entertaining books in a fun, classic series.
The Cool and Lam series is the story of a mismatched pair of detectives, Typical of the series is greedy Bertha Cool immediately signing a client who waved around a stack of dollar bills. Also typical of the series is Donald Lam's exhortations to slow down because brainy Donald thinks the story doesn't all add up. Why is a secretary ponying up hundreds of dollars to investigate the possibility that a poisoning might occur? This story involves murder, real estate sales, horse racing, and bodies flopping around just about everywhere. Truth be told there's not all that much of the usual kind of action you find in detective stories -- car chases, gunfights, death-defying feats -- but the story moves so fast you don't even realize that. All in all, a good, solid story, very typical of the series, although it doesn't quite have the kind of mind-blowing pop other stories might have.
I only read it once, but I Finished it On Friday and today is April Fools' Day. Hopefully, I will not Die as a result. It was a nice, quick read & enjoyable, but as one reviewer mentioned, it is pretty formulaic. I am sure that it is a drawback borne of reading a series in succession, as opposed to as they were released, kind of like binge-watching older television shows. In this one, ESG/AAF kept the cast of characters rather minimal, which made it easier to keep track and I had a bit of an inkling before the grand finale. I liked the idea of the redheaded nurse who is depicted on the cover of an early edition. Speaking of editions, I added mine, but I wish that there were some way of adding a picture of the cover. Mine was a Dell paperback c. 1971 or 1972 as are the bulk of my collection. The cover(s) feature a circular picture, most likely taken with a fisheye lens, with a woman (usually topless, but covering her breasts) surrounded by objets d'art, usually having something to do with the plot. Very evocative of that swingin' era.
Found this be accident and when I found out that A.A. Fair was a pseudonym for Earle Stanley Gardner, I decided to give it a go. I really loved it with great twists and turns and what great characters Cool and Lam are. I’m keen to find more in this series.
So far, my favorite Cool & Lam mystery. The characters are fun, Donald finally meets a verbal sparring partner, and it has one of the better endings of any ESG book. These are all quick, enjoyable reads, but if you are going to read only one Bertha Cool/Donald Lam mystery, I recommend it be Fools Die On Friday.
A. A. Fair is a pen name for Erle Stanley Gardner. This is part of the Donald Lam Bertha Cool series. Quite opposite types of individuals who run a detective agency. A fun quick read.
Another good Cool & Lam book. Nothing fancy, but Fair always delivers with a quality read.
* * 1/2