I’ve always been a bookworm, but these days, the light is coming into my room VERY early in the morning, so I'm awake earlier (British blackout curtains? Humbug. Spain has bat cave blinds. Maybe I should start a business...). Add to that the page-turner mystery series I’ve picked up, and I’ve been doing so much reading that book-boa seems more like it.
For those of you in London, Shoe Lane Library is having a book sale that goes until the end of the week. The deal? Fill a bag of books for 2.50. A BAG!!! For TWO –FIFTY!!! Burrito, Chippy and I went on Tuesday – a restrained 8 for me (I’m moving, remember?), a solid 18 for Chippy and a whopping 25 for Burrito! Don’t worry, we left some for you, and new stock comes out every day, complete with nice, library-issued dust jackets.
Now, back to the series - Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear, and Thora Gudmunsdottir, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Yes, there are two!
Maisie - I happened upon book five shortly after we arrived in London, and I loved it, but somehow just didn’t get around to reading any others until now. My favourite (so far) is the third book, Pardonable Lies:· our heroine gets off the Tube at Holborn (where I work)
· she moves to Pimlico (not far from me)
· the mystery involves a barrister (I work with barristers)
· it’s set in the 30s (I love art deco and 30s fashion)
· AND it’s a well-written page-turner
I got hooked on the Thora series whilst in Iceland (you can check that trip out here, here, here, here and here), and I am currently reading Ashes to Dust:
· it’s set in modern day Iceland (I love Iceland)
· it’s gruesomely thrilling (the first one narrowly escaped a night in the freezer)
· the heroine is very intelligent and likable (I love a good heroine)
· the translator is good (or so I suspect. It still flows, and I like the style.)
|Yes, I have a detective 'stache bookmark|
Although there are more in my stack, my next book will not be a mystery – I'm already peering over my shoulder suspiciously, jumping at sirens, and checking the stairwell at work for bodies...