I read W.J. Burley’s Wycliff and the Three-Toed Pussy, the first in the Wycliffe series, published in 1968. It was a good introduction to the character of Superintendent Wycliffe, it showed the author’s ability to depict the Cornish coast and village life there, it provided interesting mystery, but I found the murder, as revealed at the end, to be of questionable believability. Last year I read a book later in the series and liked it better, so I’ll continue reading Wycliffe as I come to the books in the ToBeRead pile. In the book it was frequently stormy, so it was a good fit for the couple of rainy days I spent on it.
Next read was Serpents In Eden, one of the British Library Crime Classics series published (in the U.S.) by Poisoned Pen Press. This is a fine series, and this particular book of short stories, edited by Martin Edwards, was very enjoyable, though there were a couple of weak entries in this golden age set.
I finished up The Grottos of Chinatown in time to post it as my forgotten collection just this last Friday, and I’m currently reading Death of An Englishman by Magdalen Nabb. This is the first book in the series featuring Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia of Florence. Nabb is a new author to me, found thanks to a recent Friday Forgotten Book review by B.V. Lawson. She reviewed a later entry in the series, but I wanted to begin at the beginning. I’ll have it finished in another day or so.
It took some time to get used to the multiple POVs and flashbacks for various characters, but in the end she found it very compelling. If Knight writes another, she’ll give it a try.
Barbara is now reading Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell, the newest Mallory novel.
How about you?
What are you reading?