July 3rd, 2009

books

June Books

Rather a dull month for me.
Practically Perfect, Katie Fforde A sloppily written disappointment. I stayed in the Cotswolds for
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet, M C Beaton. These books are silly but entertaining. I read this one in about an hour and it made me laugh. Then I turned to
Dodo, an omnibus by E F Benson. Alas, confirmed Tillingite that I am, I found the character of Dodo so tarsome that I just couldn’t read the long, wordy book. So I reached out for another Donna Leon, 10p-from-the-library purchase,
Suffer the Little Children
Popular Music, Mikael Niemi
Prunella Plays the Game, Irene Mossop
Charm’s Last Chance, Irene Mossop
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley, M C Beaton
The Girl of his Dreams, Donna Leon*L
Said to be more thoughtful and darker than Leon’s other books. Slower, certainly. After the first chapter I was thinking ‘That’s enough about Brunetti, get on with the murders already’ but nothing happens until p.109! You can only get away with this if you write brilliantly; Leon’s writing is fine for a crime series but hardly deathless prose.
By Gwendoline Courtney, all re-reads
Sally’s Family
The Girls of Friar’s Rise
At School with the Stanhopes
The Farm on the Downs
Elizabeth of the Garret Theatre


Lorna at Wynyards, Elinor Brent-Dyer
Stepsisters for Lorna, EBD
Jam Tomorrow, Monica Redlich


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