I finally finished Ten Years Beyond Baker Street, by Cay Van Ash. I’d had it on the shelf, intending to read it for more than a decade, perhaps even two, and now that I’ve read it, I have to say I’m disappointed. It felt overwritten, with whole scenes – even chapters – that could easily have been omitted. The character of Dr. Petrie stumbled about, dumber than the dumbest screen Watson, while Holmes seemed to pull solutions out of a hat. I’m not sorry I read it, because now I can “check it off” as it were, but I wouldn’t bother reading it again, nor can I recommend it.
I read two books by Tony Earley, Jim the Boy and The Blue Star. These are YA books about a young boy (Jim the Boy) and then a young man (The Blue Star) growing up on a farm in North Carolina in the Twenties and Thirties and then on the eve of WWII. They were good enough to keep me reading.
Now I’m reading The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri, the 3rd in the Inspector Montalbano series. These are always enjoyable. I’ll try to finish it before Wednesday, February 1, when Short Story February begins.
She’s also feeling some pressure as she has a stack of books from the library crying out to be read.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?
I hope you’ll be joining me in reading short stories in February. If you do, please post a comment on the Short Story February post (here) and let us know!