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“Midsomer County”: A bit of English “Litscape” (Part 1)

… for Jennifer(‘s Books), Moonlight Reader, Portable Magic, and every other fan of the Midsomer Murders series … or of the English “litscape” at large. In their comments on Mike Finn’s review of Ngaio Marsh’s Scales of Justice, MR and PM said that England, to them, is more litscape than landscape, and Mike responded that […]

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“Midsomer County”: A bit of English “Litscape” (Part 2)

***** ALL PHOTOS MINE ***** Hambleden (Bucks.) Also featured in several Midsomer Murders episodes, most notably Blod Will Out (the church, post office and stores, and Stag and Huntsman pub); the pub also in Who Killed Cock Robin?, Down Among the Dean Men, and The Glitch.   Hurley (Berks.) The cloisters and refectory next to […]

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“Midsomer County”: A bit of English “Litscape” (Part 3)

***** ALL PHOTOS MINE ***** The Haseleys (Little & Great) (Oxfordshire) The owner of this large private residence in Little Haseley, which became Melvyn Stockard’s house in Who Killed Cock Robin? and Noah Farrow’s home in Midsomer Rhapsody, sometimes makes their grounds accessible to the public.  I was in luck — the gate was wide […]

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Book Rescue, Book-Related Places of Pilgrimage … and My Personal Literary Canon, Part 1

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – Mawlid, Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka.  Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed?  Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you? If I donate books, I […]

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Susan Howatch: The Waiting Sands

Reading Progress Updates 33%: Not the edition I’m reading, but by far the most atmospheric cover of all the editions on BL. I don’t like either of the men — if I’m not supposed to, job well done, Ms. Howatch.  If I am supposed to like one or all of them (or even find them […]

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“Murder of a Lady” Buddy Read: Setting the Scene

So, a small picture insert on the book’s back cover informs us that the stunning front cover of Murder of a Lady is taken from an old advertisement poster for Tarbert Hotel on Loch Lomond.  (This isn’t the only book where the British Library does this sort of mini “front cover source reveal” on the […]

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Mary Stewart: Merlin Trilogy — Tintagel

Reading Progress Update: 340 of 928 Pages.   (Page numbers are for the omnibus edition.) Well, I finished The Crystal Cave (a while ago in fact) and have now moved on to The Hollow Hills, which picks up right where the first book of the trilogy ends.  Merlin is still rather unlike the wise old […]

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Final Bingo Square: Grave or Graveyard

  Changed my mind (yet again) and switched books for my final bingo square, as I’m not sure I’ll be in much of a mind to finish my previous choice for “Grave or Graveyard,” Umberto Eco’s Cemetery of Prague. So I switched to the 2016 BBC audio adaptation of Dracula, starring David Suchet in the […]

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles … and Dartmoor

“Yes, the setting is a worthy one. If the devil did desire to have a hand in the affairs of men ––”   “I have been in Devonshire.” “In spirit?” “Exactly … After you left I sent down to Stamford’s for the Ordnance map of this portion of the moor, and my spirit has hovered […]

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