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Jane And Prudence (VMC)
Barbara Pym, Jilly Cooper
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45
Vere Hodgson, Jenny Hartley

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

Scales of Justice - Ngaio Marsh

I'm finally underway!


She led the way to the house. Exotic wafts of something that was not roses drifted in her wake. She kept her torso rigid as she walked and slightly swayed her hips. ‘Very expensive,’ Mark Lacklander thought; ‘but not entirely exclusive. Why on earth did he marry her?’




The continued pandemic reads

We already have this Saturday planned - we're reading The Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh, which is the 18th Inspector Alleyn mystery.


However, it occurs to me that after that, we haven't really had any further discussion related to continuing the buddy reads and what we might be reading.


So, here are our two questions:


1. Are we up for continuing the Saturday reads for a while longer?


If the answer to that is yes, then:


2. What should we read after Scales of Justice?


It might take some time for people to source the books at this point, given that libraries and bookstores are mostly closed, so it makes sense to provide as much lead time as possible.


I have a few ideas, but would welcome more in the comments.


First, I already own the following possibilities:


1. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

2. Death on the Agenda by Patricia Moyes

3. The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith

4. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

5. Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier

6. The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs


I'd also be up for a Mrs. Bradley by Gladys Mitchell, any other Tey, any du Maurier, any of the Albert Campion series except The Crime at the Black Dudley, or 

pretty much any of the British Library Crime Classics



I'm generally pretty much up for anything, so feel free to make suggestions below!

In this time of anxiety

I find myself returning to spend time with my dear friend.



Agatha, I just can't quit you.

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Lullaby Town - Robert Crais

Since I'm so close to finishing Bosch, I thought I would give this series a try. This one is a mafia mystery, and I genuinely hate stories involving the mafia so it's doing nothing for me.


I might try one of the later books in the series at some point, but this one is a DNF.


Life's too short.

Photos of the Pandemic: 4.6.2020


I took this one a few days ago while I was out walking in my neighborhood.


You can't actually see my house here, it's out of sight a little further up the road.


But it was a gorgeous day.

Announcing the Saturday, April 11 Buddy read

Scales of Justice - Ngaio Marsh

For anyone who is interested in joining us for an Inspector Alleyn mystery, BrokenTune, Mike Finn, Lillelara, Themis-Athena and I for sure will be reading it next Thursday!


Saturday. We will be reading it on Saturday. No idea why I wrote Thursday...

Next Saturday's Golden Age buddy read

I think that we've settled on an Inspector Alleyn. Let's pick the book so that everyone has an opportunity to get their hands on it!


I'm going to be buying a kindle copy of whatever book we choose, so I'm game for anything. I think that Scales of Justice, T-A's suggestion, looks great, but if there are books that you already own, I would basically be up for anything.


I've read The Nursing Home Murder and Dead Water so I'd prefer to avoid those, although I can reread if one of those ends up as the choice! And let's stay away from Christmas murders like Tied Up In Tinsel. 


That leaves a whole bunch!


Week three thread is open

In the Bingo group.




Stop by & update if you want!

No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer

No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer

Oh, my, that was just delightful. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday!

Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer

Oh my, Wally was a cad of the first order. I'm not feeling even one little bit sorry for him - it's rather a miracle that he hadn't already been shot.


I love Hugh and Mary. I have high hopes there.

Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer

Aaaand, we have a murder.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer

I am enjoying this so much! It's got the malicious charm of Penhallow, without the intense darkness.

Reading progress update: I've read 68%.

Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves

Weekend plans:


Finish Wild Fire. 


Read No Wind of Blame


Start Debt of Honor


Also, make a dozen more masks to send to my sister-in-law and her husband who are both immunocompromised, buy a birthday cake for my son, who turns 20 tomorrow (what a bummer time for a birthday) and get take out Thai food which is his requested birthday dinner.

Pandemic photos: 4.3.2020

Photo #2


My zoom background

We are doing zoom meetings at work. I uploaded this for my virtual background.


#FridayReads 4.3.2020

Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 - Vere Hodgson, Jenny Hartley Debt of Honor - Tom Clancy The Late Show - Michael Connelly

My reads today & over the weekend:


Wild Fire is the last book in the Shetland series, which I've decided to finish so I can take it off my active series list. I put an ehold on it and it came through right away!


No Wind of Blame is the pandemic buddy read of the week - can't wait! We read tomorrow. Or when convenient.


A Few Eggs and No Oranges is a long diary of wartime London. I've read about 30 pages, and so far I really like it. It's best in small bites.


Debt of Honor just came through from the library. I have it for 14 days, but will probably finish it next week.


The Late Show is next up in my obsessive Bosch read. 


And that will probably take care of things until next Friday!