Month: April 2020

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Members of the Detection Club: Ask a Policeman

Reading Progress Update: 8% “The murder — if it was murder — of a man like Lord Comstock was an event of world-wide importance.  The newspapers controlled by the millionaire journalist exerted an influence out of all proportion to their real value. Inspired by Comstock himself, they claimed at frequent intervals to be the real […]

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Snakes and Ladders, 2020 Edition – TA’s Master Tracking Post: DONE!

Tracking courtesy of Charlie and Sunny, as always, of course!    SPACES AND DICE ROLLS 1. Author is a woman — Patricia Wentworth: Pilgrim’s Rest (finished April 1, 2020) 2. Genre: mystery 3. Set in the twentieth century 4. Published in 2019 5. Published in 2018 6. Title has a color word in it 7. Author’s last […]

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Val McDermid: Broken Ground

So what happened at the end there, Val?  Why that infernal rush?  Did you suddenly become aware that you were on your way towards producing a minor brick, or did your publisher tell you to cut it short?  There we were, sailing nicely along in the usual 4-stars-or-higher bracket into which this series typically falls […]

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The View from My Kitchen Window

#StayatHome blossoms — this is the view from my balcony and kitchen window at the moment. And by way of a bonus image, a pair of ducks (visitors from the banks of the Rhine, which is just a few 100 metres from my home) that were making a ruckus round about the front hedge while […]

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Cyril Hare: Tenant for Death

Reading Progress Updates 41 of 206 Pages: Aaand we’re off to our next forget-the-pandemic weekend read!  A corpse has been discovered as a surplus-to-inventory item, and the arrival of Inspector Mallett is imminent. If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d never believe that this was Hare’s first published book — the writing is incredibly assured and […]

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Please pick my final Snakes & Ladders book! — UPDATED: Decision time.

  Looks like we have a winner!  So, Val McDermid’s fifth Karen Pirie book it is … I am really glad that every book I listed collected votes, though (and it was a close race between the two top contenders for quite a while) — needless to say, I intend to get to all of […]

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Please pick my final Snakes & Ladders book!

NOTE: Clicking on the image will take you to the actual poll.  To avoid double counting, please use only the polling site to vote (i.e., don’t also tell me in your comments which books you’re voting for).  Thank you! To see the results, click HERE.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2321902/please-pick-my-final-snakes-ladders-book

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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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Spices!

The sort of online rabbit hole one is liable to fall down in lockdown times … There’s a company named Spirit of Spice that specializes in “whole seed” spice mixes all coming in their own little mills: I’ve been a fan of theirs for quite a while, though so far I’ve been buying their products […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice

Et in Arcadia ego. Scales of Justice is a book from the middle segment of Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn series and a superb example of the “serpent [even] in Paradise” type of Golden Age mysteries.  Marsh goes to great lengths to establish the book’s seemingly idyllic rural setting, beginning with its name, Swevenings (which we […]

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An Easter Walk

… or Passover, or Spring Festival, or whatever else you are celebrating these days. Easter walks are very much a German tradition (Goethe even immemorialized them in his Faust), and it turns out not even the Corona pandemic can do away with this.  Unlike last weekend, people were out only (or almost only) in family […]

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Pandemic: Desperate Measures

Desperate times call for desperate measures … I’d never have believed I’d ever let a monstrosity like this cross my front door, but with supermarket and drugstore shelves persistently empty in my area (despite rumors that elsewhere in this country, the hoarders have had their fill and stocks are being replenished), the other day when […]

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Joy Ellis: The Patient Man – Reading Progress Update: 1%

Wow.  What a beginning.  And just for a moment, I wanted to wring Ms. Ellis’s neck there.  Hard.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2164092/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-1

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Georgette Heyer: No Wind of Blame

Well, this rather improved on me quite a bit upon a reread! I still love the humor (for once, virtually without the sarcasm that is present in so many of Heyer’s other books), Vicky and her mother are pure sparks of joy, and I even remembered the solution (though definitely not all the technical bits, […]

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“Lockdown”? — Tell me again Germans are supposed to be law-abiding as a rule …

I went for a short walk earlier this afternoon (alone, of course) — the kind of thing we’re still allowed to do to maintain a modicum of exercise and intake of fresh air. This is what our street looked like — and what it, and all the streets in our neighborhood have been looking like […]

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Georgette Heyer: No Wind of Blame – 3d Spring Buddy Read of 2020

… and I refuse to accept any other / specific reason for the recent flurry of buddy reads; I just intend to go on enjoying them.  Also my first Heyer reread since whipping through her entire mystery collection over the course of the past couple of years, and I’m so ready for it. Let’s do […]

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Snakes and Ladders, 2020 Edition – TA’s Master Tracking Post

Tracking courtesy of Charlie and Sunny, as always, of course!    SPACES AND DICE ROLLS 1. Author is a woman — Patricia Wentworth: Pilgrim’s Rest (finished April 1, 2020) 2. Genre: mystery 3. Set in the twentieth century 4. Published in 2019 5. Published in 2018 6. Title has a color word in it 7. Author’s last […]

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#Stayathome: Working Moms and Helpful Neighbors

Snagged from LinkedIn: It reads: Mom has a conference call! 09:00 – 11:00 AM. !DO NOT ENTER! The answer to your question may be: * It’s in the laundry. * NO! * I don’t know yet what we’ll be having for lunch. * Have a fruit. * Look in your room. * Ignore him and […]

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