A break in the weather with cooler temperatures also brought a storm that, by lightning strike, fried our Comcast connection. Thus we were without internet, cable or landline phone for three days and have just now had services restored.
The new Three Pines / Chief Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast, came Tuesday afternoon and I finished it Thursday, which is fast for me to read a 384 page book. This is the eleventh book in a series that’s a real favorite of mine. I liked it. The plot line is interesting, if different, and Penny always keeps me turning the pages. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers.
Also read – in ebook format, a physical copy is not available – was Inspector Colbeck’s Casebook: Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective by Edward Marston (Keith Miles). In 1988, Keith Miles began his Nicholas Bracewell series set in the theatrical world of Elizabethan London, using the pseudonym of Marston. He has continued to use Marston with his Domesday Book series, set during the reign of William the Conqueror and with this Railway Detective series, set in Victorian England during the 1850s against a background of the development of the railways. I’ve read the first three Railway Detective novels which I liked very much. The short story collection is comprised of 13 light, character-driven stories which I found enjoyable, even charming, though there is murder, action and humor throughout.
From the library came On Conan Doyle, or, The Whole Art of Storytelling bMichael Dirda. Dirda’s books come highly recommended by both George Kelley and Jeff Meyerson, whose opinions I value. I enjoyed it, though I skipped some small sections on his spiritualist writings, as I was mainly focused on his Holmes writings. It made me want to read some Doyle, of course, and I decided to re-read The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I haven’t read in years. I’m at about midpoint now.
And after that? The TBR bookcase is chock-a-block with things, of course. I’ll probably start with a few more stories in The Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries, which I may get through sometime next year. Then I’ll choose between another Ed McBain or a Mike Shayne mystery, which I’ve been in the mood for.
Another possibility, with the huge three volume MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories coming sometime in September (separate post coming on that) I may keep going after the Dirda book and Baskervilles and read more Holmes stories or a couple of Holmes pastiches.
Barbara finished the second Inspector Montalbano mystery by Andrea Camilleri, The Terra-Cotta Dog. She liked it, and better than the first in the series, and she’ll continue with the series. Now she’s half way into The Nature of the Beast, the new Louise Penny which I recently finished.
After that, she may read Bill Bryson’s A Walk In the Woods, which is on hand, as she plans to see that film, and there’s also an ebook thriller, London Underground by Chris Angus, waiting in the wings.
How about you? Have you read these
books or authors?
What are you reading?