There were some mysteries: one featuring bored redheaded twins in Rhodesia in Monica Marsden’s A Matter of Clues
. The first Rhodesian-set story I’ve read in a while, it's extremely silly. I then read Out of the Past
by Patricia Wentworth, a (late) Miss Silver mystery that features many familiar elements, but there is an attempt to reorder them.
There were two family adventures off the Irish coast, both featuring some extraordinary modes of transportation and Irish clichés, plus the handy deaths of some of those Irishmen who were only mourned for a chapter at best. The Golden Galleon
by Eileen Heming ( Read more... )
Then there was Jonquil, Test Pilot
by Eileen Marsh, about Jonquil and her brother Jack and sister Belinda, who love flying aeroplanes. ( Read more... )
This book featured a lot of illustrations, most of which I didn’t like at all.
Then finally, unseasonally, there was The Merryfield Mystery
by Marjorie Cleves about a group of schoolgirls, two mistresses and staff who stay behind at their school over the Christmas holidays. They’re snowed in and ‘haunted’. I wished that the whole mystery angle, in which everyone was a part-time ghost hunter and sleuth, had been dropped by the author just to tell the story of how this mixed group had got on and entertained themselves.
Oh dear, that’s a grumpy overview, and the truth is, the fact that I managed to nearly burn three toasts this morning has nothing to do with it. I had a relaxing break! (A fuller review of a book that I enjoyed more will be coming next.)