I had a birthday, so, some books and a CD came my way.
The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton [Thomas & Mercer, 2015 trade paper, new] – mystery. The first Detective Lavender mystery. A review drew me in, with comparisons to both Doyle and Christie. We’ll see. Here’s the blurb:
“Northumberland, November 1809: A menacing figure stalks women through Hareshaw Woods and a beautiful, young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh. The townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’ and the local constabulary are baffled. Fearing for her safety, Helen Carnaby’s worried uncle sends out for help from Bow Street magistrates’ court in London. Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Woods now face their toughest and most dangerous case.”
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories edited by Otto Penzler [Pantheon Books 2015 hardcover, new] – mystery short story collection, Sherlock Holmes. The cover says this is “the biggest collection of Sherlock Holmes stories ever assembled”. There are 82 stories within, though some are parodies and certainly not all of them are in the mold of the originals, in terms of time, place or method. The recent MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories contains 61 stories but are all set in Victorian England with proper characters Doyle could very well have used. So two different types of collections, but a whopping total of stories to read, or in the case of this book, some to reread.
Captain’s Memories by Henry Melton [Wire Rim Books 2014 trade paper, new] – science fiction short stories. Collection of 28 short stories, mostly in the Project Saga, tales of terraforming in the solar system. Stories range from 1997 to 2014.
The Cape Verdean Blues Horace Silver Quintet plus J.J. Johnson [Blue Note CD] – jazz, originally recorded October 1965. I picked up on this from a post on Todd Mason’s blog. Really fine sessions. Ive listened to it several times already.