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Publisher's Summary

Matthew Scudder investigates the brutal murder of a woman known as the “bag lady.” A seemingly homeless woman, she turns out to have distributed her substantial wealth in a complex will naming random strangers. Where did the money come from? Why was she living in such reduced circumstances? And why in the world did she choose these beneficiaries - the owner of a local newspaper stand, a neighbor she rarely spoke to, the detective himself - when her real friends and acquaintances got nothing at all? And how is all this linked to her murder?

©2011 Lawrence Block (P)2012 AudioGO

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Short and rushed

What did you like best about A Candle for the Bag Lady? What did you like least?

Love the characters but always feel like the endings are rushed.

What didn’t you like about Lawrence Block’s performance?

His voice is very monotone and he speaks to quickly. Needs to slow down and punctuate certain sentences. Also needs to change the pitch of different characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No too short

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A Candle For The Bag Lady

An interesting, but dry story. The narration was kind of monotone, yet that style fit this story.

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Narration is awful, story is pointless

I remember reading and enjoying some Lawrence Block a long time ago, so when these little stories by him were included, I downloaded them without further investigation. I usually listen to part of the sample, but not in this case. The author narrates. He has an unlikeable voice and doesn't narrate so much as he drones. He destroys the story, so I'm not sure it would be salvageable by someone else. Just a short story about a pointless murder.

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Block is one of the all time greats

As always, Block delivers. This is not a true whodunit, and it leaves some of the most vexing parts of the mystery unsolved in the end. Still, it is highly satisfying, primarily because the writing is just so damn good. I had listened to about ten chapters of a recent action mystery novel before switching to A Candle for the Bag Lady. The former was like trying to get comfortable on a stone bench. Block was like stretching out on your favorite couch. He's never predictable, but everything is just right.

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Inheritance

A super short about a bag lady that leaves Scudder,and others, money in her will. He didn't know her but feels compelled to find her killer.

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Never Get Tired of Lawrence Block

I have always loved his writing style and characters. I have never been to New York, but I have been there many times with Matthew Scudder. Block is a great writer who shoud be included among all of the great mystery writers.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-05-22

"The shopping bag lady."

A short, quick to read mystery from the masterful story teller, Lawrence Block. Scudder unexpectedly receives a,small legacy from someone he barely knew - a murder victim from three months before. Not expecting any real results, he decided to find out a little more about her.
The writing is tight, no superfluous wording yet everything, and everyone is perfectly portrayed. Read by the author, his slightly gravelly and sardonic tone suits the character of Scudder well and other protagonists are given individual voices. The whole experience is most enjoyable despite the brevity of the book.

Recommended.
Available for free with Audible Plus; thank you, Audible.

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  • Queenie
  • 04-13-13

candle for the bag lady

An intriguing book, where you cant wait for the list of heirs to her unknown fortune be revealed. it could have been a lot longer, so that we had more answers, but it was enjoyable for all that

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  • Linda
  • 02-07-13

A Pleasant Surprise

The synopsis looked intriguing and it was a very different approach however I have really enjoyed listening to this and will look for more by author