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The Encircled Heart: Josephine Elder, Girls Gone By, 2012 reprint. (First published 1951)

Two words from the same root came to mind as I started reading this book: absorbed and absorbing. Read more... )
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While We Still Live: Helen MacInnes, Titan, January 2013

In a way, the setting of this book is timely – I don’t think I’d read about Poland’s experiences during the end of 1939 before and they are salutary. Read more... )
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Magic Flutes: Eva Ibbotson Picador 2009

I didn’t get as emotional this time as I did when first reading this, but there was certainly a moment where Tessa is so giving that made me catch my breath.

When looking up the chronology of Ibbotson’s books to see what came after ‘A Countess Below Stairs’, I discovered it was ‘Magic Flutes’, which I think was one of the last of Ibbotson’s books for adults - although it’s to be found on teenage fiction/young adult shelves now - that I came across, and that this book has won the Romantic Novel of the Year award in the early eighties. Now, I can’t claim to have read all the books in contention, but I can see why.

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Death Goes Dancing: Mabel Esther Allan, Greyladies, 2014

Unpublished during her lifetime, this was one of MEA’s few forays into writing adult mysteries. As the title suggests, Read more... )
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Death on the Cherwell: Mavis Doriel Hay, 2014, The British Library

Four female undergraduate students from Persephone College, Oxford University, are in the process of setting up a secret society. Its main purpose is Read more... )
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I have been watching the Olympics, but to a much lesser degree than was the case in 2012, because of the time difference. It took me a little while to realise that I could catch some of the sports – there had been so much emphasis on how the premium athletics would be on in the wee small hours.

But after a couple of days, Read more... )

Styx and Stones: Carola Dunn

This is an ultimately breezy mystery for Daisy to solve (with help) and was most interesting for me because of Read more... )
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Last week, I went away for a few days and these are some of the books that I read then:

The School on the Moor: Angela Brazil

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Reread: A Countess Below Stairs: Eva Ibbotson

(I think I will reread all my Ibbotsons as a project.)

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Penelope’s Prefects: Judith Carr

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The Runaway Princess: Hester Browne Quercus 2013.

For a good long while, this book did not go the way I expected, influenced by the title and the blurb at the back of the book.

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Miss Jacobson’s Journey by Carola Dunn is a Regency romance with a dash of adventure, which its heroine always wanted. Read more... )

Carol’s Second Term by Ethel Talbot also featured a relatively fresh angle on the school story. Read more... )

And it wouldn’t be a holiday round-up if I didn’t mention that I’d read a Miss Silver mystery: The Ivory Dagger by Patrical Wentworth. There can’t be many that I haven’t read before by her, most the recentish paperbacks with vintage covers. Read more... )
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I haven’t posted for quite a while, during which time I haven’t read many feather-ghyllesque books. That is, I read Dead in the Water, one of Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, in which she and Alec solve a murder over a weekend – a book I happily read while day-tripping.

In the meantime, the news about Maria Sharapova has come out. Some thoughts )

As I said in the review, reading Barbed Wire-Keep Out! made me eager to revisit its prequel Snowed-up With a Secret, also by Agnes M. Miall, which I think I could have bought twenty years ago, which may be why I didn’t remember it.

In this story, Read more... )
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The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy: Judith L. Pearson. The Lyons Press, 2005.

This is the biography of Virginia Hall, an-American-born spy who worked for the British and later the Americans as an intelligence officer in France during World War 2. Her story is remarkable and Read more... )
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The Honeymoon Hotel: Hester Browne. Quercus. 2014.

I found this more successful than a lot of books in this vein, because the characterisation actually works, here. Usually the heroine becomes insuuportably stupid for the plot and romantic tension’s sake. Read more... )
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Envoy on Excursion: Caryl Brahms and S.J. Simon
Michael Joseph (this edition 1954)


Detective-Inspector Adam Quill of Scotland Yard, who has previously had to deal with the insanities of the Ballet Stroganov has a new case. It is wartime, Read more... )
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Death Goes to Italy: Mabel Esther Allan Greyladies (2014, I think, I don’t have the copy to hand)

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