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Gratis, a lesson you'd think I would have learned: when buying a second-hand book, it is worth checking the last page, not to scan the content - I'm no advocate of that! - but to make sure that it's there. The last page of a story has to be the most irritating missing page. This lesson did not come about as a result of the book I'm about to review.

The Girls of Chequertrees: Marion St John Webb Harrap October 1925

This is a reread because I accidentally purchased a second copy of this book, having forgotten I already owned one, and I’d forgotten the story too. Read more... )
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The Manor House Mystery: Monica Marsden 1950 Brock Books

I enjoyed this more than I expected to – I hadn’t thought much of the last couple of books by Marsden that I’d read (I looked, and I only mentioned them in passing here, I’m thinking more of ‘A Matter of Clues’ than ‘Behind the Dragon’s Teeth’ although this is more similar to the latter than the former), although I’d liked her books a lot as a child. This book is part of the AMPs series – the AMPs being the siblings Angela, Michael and Patricia Thompson.Read more... )
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Assignment in Brittany is an early book by Helen MacInnes, set in occupied France during world war two, with one of her very competent heroes, although the challenges he has to face keep mounting. It’s a different setting to her usual Cold War stories, but certainly suspenseful.

Rules by Jane Beaton is the second in the Dorney House series, (I reviewed the first book Class here). It ends with a cliffhanger for the main character, which left me wondering where all the other books in the series the writer claims to have planned in the afterword are. This was published in 2009.

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A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley is the latest Flavie de Luce book that I read. Looking back, I see that I haven’t posted anything about the previous books that I read. Flavia’s a rummy girl, isn’t she!? I kept putting this book down, which isn’t like me and I don’t remember finding the other books in the series such a slog. Apart from stumbling across crime scenes and ruining dresses with her intrepid investigating, Flavia has to deal with a lot of family drama - her relationship with her older sisters is particularly twisted - and her dead mother Harriet seems to be much more of a presence, and naturally (or supernaturally), a mysterious one, than in the previous books.

I see that I read much more traditional girls own books over last Easter. Hmm.
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Rainbow Valley: L.M. Montgomery Harrap 1956

A few years ago, I bought Rilla of Ingleside in the mistaken, belief that I was completing my collection of Anne books. (I see that I didn't review it). Of course, I eventually realised that I didn’t own this but came across this hardback in my travels, although the illustration on the dustjacket gives away the ending, rather and is misleading in a way.

For, to my surprise, Read more... )
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I have a habit of reading completely unseasonal books. I read this book before the snow first fell, but even so, the contrast between what was going on around me and the opening segment of this book was pretty stark.

The House By the Marsh: M. E. Allan Dent 1966

'Somehow Norfolk sounded cold and bleak,' said Tam, as they disentangled themselves from the back seat. 'I never thought it would be like this.' The sun was, in fact, extremely hot on the weed-grown gravel sweep before the front door, bees were busy in the overgrown masses of roses, phlox, marguerites, and stocks, and the big house basked in sunny peace. )

I saw that Greyladies has published Allan's only book for adults, which has a similar setting and is on my list to get/read.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
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The first time I saw the advert for Wimbeldon, it was quite charming, but not so much the second. I fear that it'll get on my nerves over the next few days.

Also over the weekend, I read Fun Next Door by Freda M. Hunt, and it was quite fun. I felt as if it was a sequel (but the book didn't have those useful footnotes children's series have referring you to the title). Ann is living with strict and older relatives in the charmingly named village of Duckpuddle because her mother is sick. Fortunately for her, their neighbours, the Dakers, have children her age and run a school. At Pinetops, Ann does have the aforementioned fun (picnics turn into explorations and Ann becomes a budding ornithologist and also a cat-owner). What was most interesting is that one of the children living next door is Apple (short for Applegard!) the son of a famous Negro singer. The writer emphasises his Americaness more than his skin colour. My copy is from 1958 and it was first published in April 1953.
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To break up the blanket Wimbledon talk, here's a review of a book I read last week.

Red Herrings Unlimited: Winifred Norling
I'm too lazy to check the publishers, and I suspect no date was given).

Most of the Winifred Norling books, if not all, that I've read have been school stories of a certain ype. This is a mystery that a gang of village children solve, led by a girl named Lyntie, who came together to solve a previous mystery. All I could find out from Google was that Winifred Norling was a pseudonym of Winifred Mary Jakobsson (1905-1979).

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Just watched the Queen's semi-finals. Read more... )

Netherdale For Ever: Theodora Wilson Wilson. The Swarthmore Press Ltd.

Five minutes Googling tells me that Wilson Wilson (yes, really) was a radical, pacifist Quakeress. All her books were published in the twentieth century, She lived from c1865 to 1941, and Netherdale For Ever was published in 1919. There's a reason I looked that last fact up. (I'm not sure whether my copy is that old, and that's not the reason).Read more... )

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