During the blitz, scholarly Laurence Delborne asked his housekeeper Violet Gamlen to bring her niece, Helen, to the relative safety of the countryside. At the same time, he asked his grandnephew, Martin Andras to be sent over to his home at Burnstone too. The two children grew close during the war years and their friendship … Continue reading The Elusive Aunt: Always Say Die by Elizabeth Ferrars (1956) →
Thomas Rostetter finds himself attending a party thrown by enfant terrible Dodo . The party consists of painters and writers and spiritual gurus and their disciples, all of whom are painted in mostly negative terms except for the American girl, Dinah Blake, a budding painter. The ‘saintly’ Dinah has been badly hurt by Dodo who … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Desire to Kill by Alice Campbell (1934) →
The Matriarch of the castle who eats glass; the diffident son who was physically unfit to take part in the war and is under the thumb of his wife; the wife who is cheating on her husband; the virile, energetic other son who is a war-hero; the daughter-in-law who is capable and smart and plays … Continue reading Murder in a Castle: Stately Homicide by George Milner (1953) →
Last Sunday, LO and I, visited a small book fair near our home. As his exams were going on, however, we could only visit it for an hour. Here are 13 books that we purchased: It was a wonderful hour that we spent and though I could hardly look at books for myself, it was … Continue reading A Baker’s Dozen: Purchases from a Book Fair →
“I’d hoped you wouldn’t have changed. I’d hoped we’d be able to pick up the past just as it was. That’s what we’ve always been able to do before. That’s to say – well, I don’t know. But I don’t seem to have the energy for new things now.” Justin Emery, back in England after … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Lying Voices by Elizabeth Ferrars (1954) →
After reading three mysteries by Miles Burton recently, I was able to borrow two mysteries of Cecil John Street’s other nom de plume, John Rhode. Death on a Sunday begins in Barleyfield Park, a rather upper-class boarding house that caters to the respectable gentry. There are people who have been knighted, reverends, widows with money… … Continue reading Two Mysteries by John Rhode: Death on Sunday (1939) and Death at the Helm (1941) →
Every passing moment makes us suffer, though differently with different people. The very act of passing through life entails some bruises which nobody else can see. Though I had heard of Indian Punjabi author Ajeet Cour I hadn’t read her work till LO brought her book from the library, thinking that the title: Dead End, … Continue reading Literature of India: Dead End and Other Stories by Ajeet Cour →
Edith Caroline Rivett is better known by her pseudonym of E.C.R. Lorac. However, Rivett also wrote under other names. Today’s Friday Forgotten book is the one she wrote under the pseudonym of Carol Carnac and features two of her three series characters: Chief Inspector Rivers and Inspector Lancing. Solicitor William Thorpe, married to his, job … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Policeman at the Door by Carol Carnac (1953) →
“And what are you doing on Major Thirkell’s estate at this time of night? After birds?” “Birds? Oh, yess. I sought I heard a nightingale.” “A nightingale in November?” “Yess. it is very late, isn’t it?” “Late? It is impossible.” “Impossible. Yess. You see, I sought I heard one, and I knew it wass impossible … Continue reading Poor Old Tiddy: I Don’t Like Cats by Lindsay Anson (1940) →
Edward Lane – once almost awarded the Military Cross, for his valour during the first world war – has fallen so low in the aftermath of the second one, that he now blackmails people and both consumes and peddles drugs. When the novel opens, Ted is thinking of blackmailing four people but since one of … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Footsteps Behind Me by Anthony Gilbert (1953) →
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