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Re-read - frustratingly, I remembered whodunnit half way through, which made it less fun. It's interesting the things you pick up on as an adult that you didn't as a child - the coding of Mr Ellsworthy, for example - and how it can make you cringe...

I'll be releasing this at the BookCrossing convention in Dublin.
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First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde

Re-read. I had forgotten quite how much fun this series is. As ever, I found the BookWorld parts much more interesting than the AU!Swindon, but it's all very enjoyable.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis

Re-read of an old friend. This isn't my favourite of the Narnia books (that accolade goes to Dawn Treader) but it has some wonderful moments and is a joy to revisit.

61 Hours - Lee Child

Trying this to see what all the fuss is about. It took me a while to get into, for all that the first thirty hours take up a lot less page space than the remainder. Once I did, it was harder to put down, but I still don't quite get all the Jack Reacher-mania.

Deadheads - Reginald Hill

As ever, I am hopping around all over the place within the series. I started off quite well with Dalziel and Pascoe (that is, with A Clubbable Woman) but I've skipped about ten years, I think. I liked this one - the use of rose varieties for the chapter headings was interesting, characterisation fantastic, lovely twist in the tail. Poor Sergeant Wield, though!

While the Light Lasts - Agatha Christie

A collection of not recently republished short stories. Something of a disappointment, as I found that I'd read most or all of these before, even if not necessarily in this particular form. A number of them are in The Hound of Death. Quite interesting as a curiosity, anyway, and it's good to have re-read them.

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean - Justin Somper

Shipwrecked twins, each fearing the other dead (so far, so Twelfth Night) get picked up by pirates. The boy ends up with normal pirates (in so far as this is possible, it being the 26th century); the girl with the titular Vampirates. They spend the book trying to find each other. Blood and guts and gore, usual piratey stuff. Unimpressed that Grace spends most of the time stuck in a cabin while Connor gets to do sword-fighting and such; maybe the balance is redressed in later books?

The Mind-Readers - Margery Allingham

Couldn't get into this; gave up.

More William - Richmal Crompton

More William? Absolutely. Vastly improves a day in bed with the flu. My favourites in this one: A Busy Day, William's Burglar, The Ghost, The May King, and William and the Smuggler.

The Morning Gift - Eva Ibbotson

Another Ibbotson romance featuring refugees and desirable Englishmen. While still fairly formulaic, this is a departure from Ibbotson's usual form in that the protagonists get married in chapter 2 and then spend the rest of the book working out that actually they might want to stay married. Though of course it's considerably more complicated than it needs to be, and at times I was wishing to smack both of them round the head. I love the backgrounds, though, and in this case particularly intellectual Vienna.
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Re-read. I don't think I'll be able to read this one again, because I remember too well Who and How, though it's very interesting to follow the plot through with that knowledge. Nobody does misdirection like Christie, and this has one of the many 'accusing parlour' scenes that had me hooked the first time round. It's fascinating now to see how she does it. Questions hidden in plain sight, and all that.

The last sentence still annoys me, though. In the past I'd have given Christie a pass for something like that, because The Past Is Another Country, and all that, but given what she achieved herself, that won't wash.
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Re-read, trying to determine whether it's set pre- or post-war (it was published 1946), for fanfic purposes. It's very difficult to tell; there's no rationing, and there definitely isn't any war going on, but... I don't know. It feels later, actually - I would have bought 1956.

As usual, identity of murderer and associated twist very clear in my memory, with the surrounding complexities less so. Much more aware of the snobberies and anti-semitism than I was the first/last time I read this.

I wonder how much Lady Angkatell owes to Sayers' Dowager Duchess? Quite a lot, I wouldn't be surprised.


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