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My Cousin Rachel
This adaptation of Du Maurier’s book, which I haven’t read, revolves around Read more... )

Adventure on Rainbow Island by Dorothy Clewes
I enjoyed this well enough, considering it was narrated by a sixteen year old chauvinist Read more... )

I've also recently reread The Ambermere Treasure by Malcolm Saville, featuring the Jillies and Standings. I’d bought a second copy by accident, although I can see why I didn’t really remember it. Read more... )
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Pixie O’Shaughnessy: Mrs George de Horne Vaizey. The Religious Tract society, Thirteenth Edition

It’s nearly 20 years since I bought and, presumably, first read this book. I decided to reacquaint myself with the character having purchased ‘More about Pixie’ in 2016 and got my opportunity over the Christmas holidays - the book features a striking New Year's Eve party. Before I rereat it, 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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The BFG (2016) (PG)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Adapted by: Melissa Mathison
From the book by: Roald Dahl
Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3691740/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

This year is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, which has affected me less than I would have believed as a child when I devoured his books and loved them. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
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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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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Happy New Year!

I am home after the Christmas holidays. Determined to travel yesterday, I had to change my travelling plans, but all ended up well.

You know how you notice something and then other examples of it keep cropping up, like buying clothes in a striking colour and then seeing people wear it all the time, well, these holidays, with me, it was books that don’t just have chapter titles, but each page has a relevant heading. I’ve probably got other books that do that, but I hadn’t really noticed them.

In Margery Merton’s Girlhood by Alice Cockran, they include ‘SECRETS AND TENDER THOUGHTS.’ (p25), ‘CRYING AND LAUGHING.’ (p112), and ‘A COLD FAREWELL.’ (p.213). In Miriam’s Ambition by Evelyn Everett-Green, they include ‘A TERRIBLE STORM.' (p26), ‘AT DINNER.’ (p113), and ‘A REWARD FOR BRAVERY.’ (p214)

Read more... )

I also read the third in Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. Only six months had elapsed since I read the previous book. Requiem for a Mezzo. Read more... )
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The Winter Garden Mystery: Carola Dunn Robinson 2009

It’s been a while, almost a year and a half, since I read the first Daisy Dalrymple book – click on the author’s tag for the review – and taken longer than I’d have liked to read this one.

The Hon. Daisy Dalrymple is off again, Read more... )
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Penny in Search of a School: E.M. de Foubert Oxford University Press 1939

This is rather a remarkable book, as the title suggests. The events that take place are extraordinary, the characters are exaggerated, but the writer seems to know it and not to care, because she just wants to tell a rollicking good story. Read more... )
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The Scapegoat
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt2084977/

I was reminded by an advert on ITV that I’d wanted to see The Scapegoat and realised I certainly wanted to see it more than whatever they were airing at that moment, so I stopped my channel-hopping and went to see whether it was still on ITV Player. Luckily, it was. Still is, I presume

It’s adapted from a Daphne du Maurier novel – I own Jamaica Inn, but all I remember of it is it was set in Cornwall, there was smuggling and a dark-haired man was involved. I think I know what the story of Rebecca is by osmosis, although I’ve never read the book or watched the adaptations. It’s quite possible that I’ve seen other du Maurier adaptations unknowingly.

The story Read more... )
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Had quite a good shopping day today - I had to pick up my bag with both arms by the end of the afternoon. It was nice to be outside and not get wet. One of my purchases included 'All That Katy Did' an omnibus edition of the first three Katy books - I've been looking for a hardback edition of 'What Katy Did at School' to replace a paperback, but this will take up less space than the three all together. I also got an Ibbotson and a Cabot that I'll no doubt read and review eventually, and a book by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey in an antiques shop, where I got to name my price. In hindsight, I should have lopped fifty pence off my offer, which was accepted with alacrity. Apparently, the owner hadn't sold any books for many a year - there weren't many there and nothing else took my fancy. I don't always bother to look for books in antique shops.
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Continuing the skating theme, in a way...

Death at Wentwater Court: Carola Dunn. Robinson 2009.

I'd been curious about the Daisy Dalrymple series and decided to read the first book for myself and make up my mind about it. Read more... )

Conclusion: Although I'll be quite happy to read more of Daisy's mysteries, I'll be waiting to buy them second hand as they come my way.

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