Third Sentence Thursday: Full Dark House

For some reason, Thursdays have been the hardest days for me to find a topic to blog about. On other days, the problem is usually too many ideas, and not enough time to write about all of them.

Not on Thursdays.

Third Sentence Thursday

So, when I came across Third Sentence Thursday, it seemed like a great idea!

The idea is to write down the third sentence from whatever book I’m currently reading, and blog my thoughts about it. I figure it’s a good way to get some blog mileage out of my reading list, too.

In a few minutes, when I finally put down the computer and go to bed, I expect to finish the final Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler. It’s a mystery novel, fifth in a series about the [totally fictional] North London Peculiar Crimes Unit.

The third sentence:

“It detonated car alarms, hurled house bricks across the street, blew a chimney stack forty feet into the sky, ruptured the eardrums of several tramps, denuded over two dozen pigeons, catapulted a surprised ginger tom through the window of a kebab shop and fired several roofing tiles into the forehead of the Pope, who was featured on a poster for condoms opposite the tube station.”

Now, THAT’s a sentence!

It was a bomb, of course, a left-over relic from the London blitz 40 years before. The blast begins a rollicking romp of a mystery with interesting characters and a twisty plot line…line? Who am I kidding? It’s a plot helix, maybe even a double helix, with twists and turns and flashbacks and leapforwards and odd architectural features and…well…you get the idea. It was a fun read, and I’m going to put the rest of the books in the series on my reading list ASAP.

PS. I felt really sorry for those two dozen denuded pigeons.

About Kat

Cat lover, singer, early music addict, reads a lot. Former R&D chemist with an obsessive need for variety. Now active as a freelance technical writer and editor, web designer, photographer, computer coach, and trainer. Owner, MasterWork Consulting (
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2 Responses to Third Sentence Thursday: Full Dark House

  1. WOW! That is quite the sentence. Definitely piques my interest. I’ve found recently that I’m really quite fond of the mystery genre. I’ll have to look into this series!

    Thanks for playing along – I’m glad to be able to help with the Thursday blog issue! 😉

    • Kat says:

      I’ve been a mystery addict since I was quite young. Mysteries and lots of other stuff. My mother, after I was about four years old, got bored with reading me kids books, so bedtime stories migrated to the books she wanted to read. Mysteries, biographies, Shakespeare, educational theory, historical novels. My Third Sentence Thursdays will be from a wide variety of genres!

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