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by Tom Schantz,Enid Schantz,Pamela Branch

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Tom Schantz,Enid Schantz,Pamela Branch
Rue Morgue Press; First American Edition edition (February 1, 2006)
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Pamela Branch (Author), Tom Schantz (Foreword), Enid Schantz (Foreword) & 0 more. The Wooden Overcoat" is Pamela Branch's first published novel, and it takes a while to actually get started. Lion in the Cellar Paperback.

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Sukie's grandmother did in five victims with an ax and managed to get herself enshrined in wax in the Chamber of Horrors, so when Sukie's husband finds her stuffing a body into a housemaid's cubboard, he thinks nothing of swapping it for a stuffed lion.
  • George Heap is a murderer, the "Silk Scarf Strangler", and he's part of an extremely unbalanced family of murderers and arsonists, and his airheaded, and pathological liar of a niece Sukie is in deep trouble. Mr. Bentley, an unpleasant man by any stretch of the imagination, is planning on blackmailing Sukie and staid and dull husband Hugh, when somebody takes an axe and gives him, figuratively, forty whacks, and then has the poor taste to leave his cooling body in Sukie and Hugh's backyard. Sukie is distressed by this and brings him indoors, away from prying eyes, and Hugh is way beyond annoyed, and is now afraid that Sukie has now fallen into her family's bad habits.

    However, as Hugh loves Sukie, and as he sees that the police finding a body in his kitchen would be a detriment to his burgeoning bar career, the couple decide to find a way to ditch the body in as untraceable and in as unobtrusive a way as possible.

    To help her in her endeavors she turns to Mrs. Filby who is reluctant, but gives in to Sukie, and finally to Beecher, a man of bad chronic criminal habits, and who is a hold-over from Branch's first novel "The Wooden Overcoat". Of all of the people in this novel, it's Beecher and Sukie who steal all of the scenes that they're in. This where the novel's hijinks begin as the body gets shuffled from one spot to another as half the cast knows either something is up or knows about the body, the other half is confused or mystified by the other half's conduct.

    Meanwhile, ex-lion tamer The Great Tabora has been given his marching orders, either get rid of his stuffed lion or get out of his hostel. So a suitable funeral for the stuffed lion is arranged, and the idea is hatched among those with an excess, by one, of too many bodies cluttering the place up, to do a two-fer, bury the late lion and the late Mr. Bentley together. Well, y'know, things just couldn't go that simply, because, just as things are quieting down, well, relatively so anyway, into its own form of madness, somebody takes an axe, and oops, goes and does it again. Then they have the temerity to just go and leave the body all laying about, helter-skelter like,for just ANYBODY to go and trip over. Which of course they do.

    Of course, those in the know, just go looking at the poor addled Sukie, who by now just doesn't know what to do, or what to believe. And of course, THEN things start getting complicated (!)

    And then there is George, poor George, he wants to strangle his neighbor in the worst way, but circumstances, and Sukie, keep getting in the way. Good grief, what's a man to do when he faints at the sight of blood, and who has survived his attempted homicide by his mother, by axe, and now has to help his, possibly, axe wielding niece.

    Convoluted? Boy howdy, by the end of this novel you will need a flow chart, to have taken extensive notes, and to have had at least one strong drink. Don't look for logic here, just strap yourself down for the ride, and be prepared to roll your eyes, and giggle in public. The main problem that I had with this novel is that once again Branch gives us a cast of unlikable people, must be a British thing, although they are less obnoxious than the cast from her last novel. However, the storytelling is more fluid and effortless this time around. Of course, about the halfway mark I just wanted to smack Hugh upside the head a few times for giving poor Sukie such a hard time. I mean, obviously the poor dear didn't whack anybody, or did she? Hmmm, guess you'll just hafta read "Lion In The Cellar" and find out.

    Here's a paragraph of this novel's droll humor as related to us from Miss Dogtinder "I am not a moron. When a man carries a girl out of a public house one presumes that she has overindulged, When another man carries her back, one smells a rat. When she is dropped twice and makes no comment whatever, one assumes that she is either unconscious or dead. When both men behave in a throroughly shifty manner, one decides that she is dead. One of the men being a habitual criminal, one concludes that she has not died naturally. Q. E. D. Kindly pass me that carton labeled Gromel." And no, I don't know what Gromel is, so don't ask.

    For pity's sake, just why Sir Alfred didn't make this into a movie I'll never understand. This would seem like a perfect property for him, but maybe you just can't improve on perfection. I liked the cover art Bob Pudim, and both the cover and the title make purrfect sense after reading Branch's novel.

    I'm not sure that this qualifies as a mystery, as like her previous novel there is fairly little detecting going on here; I'd say this is more of a gallows humored crime novel. However, you have to be a real stodgy stick-in-the-mud not to be charmed by this fair-play (?) crime novel. Fans of later American authors like Ron Goulart, Isadore Haiblum, and Donald Westlake should like this. When other less talented writers are gathering up garlands they often don't deserve, Pamela Branch still remains a forgotten author even with the 2006 reprints by Rue Morgue. Too bad.

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    Alice Nestleton #21: A Cat On The Bus by Lydia Adamson.
    Beneath Bone Lake by Colleen Thompson
    Come Out, Come Out by George Malcolm-Smith.
    Captain Heimrich #10: Let Dead Enough Alone by Richard Lockridge and Frances Lockridge.
    Dale Kinsall #2: Scent Of Danger by Doranna Durgin.
    The Dracula Murders by Philip Daniels (Dennis Philips.
    The Drifter's Wheel by Phillip DePoy.
    The Last to Remember by Joyce Lavene & Jim Lavene.
    Limbo Connection, The by Derry Quinn.
    Lock 14 (Inspector Maigret Mysteries) by George Simenon.
    Mrs. Bradley #18: The Rising of the Moon (Virago Modern Classics) by Gladys Mitchell.
    Mrs. Bradley #46: Winking At the Brim - Large Print by Gladys Mitchell.
    Mrs. Bradley #48: Late, Late in the Evening by Gladys Mitchell.
    Fleming Stone #45: Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells.
    Reader's Digest: Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense: Volume #1.
    The shadow before by L. P. Davies.
    The Wooden Overcoat by Pamela Branch.
    What Did I Do Tomorrow? by L. P. Davies.
    Woman Strangled -- News at Ten (Thorndike Core) by Laurie Moore.

  • I haven't finished it. I expected a light, humorous mystery, but it was TOO light and fey for me. I wasn't interested in any of the ridiculous characters, and I haven't wanted to pick it back up and find out what happened to any of them. I like classic British mysteries by Christie, Marsh, and Tey and I like humorous mysteries like Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey, but Branch's style didn't do anything for me. It almost seemed like she was trying to be a slightly darker version of P.G. Wodehouse (who I love) but it didn't work, in my opinion.

    In the unlikely event I finish the book, I'll post another review.