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Library Loot: March 23 to 29th

Following my previous post about loving your local library, it seems appropriate to join my voice to Library Loot, a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

After two weeks of reading short stories and murder mysteries, and anticipating my forthcoming four day weekend* I went to the library and brought home the following treasures.  Continue reading “Library Loot: March 23 to 29th”

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Edith Pargeter’s Greatest Hits

Strangely enough, the historical romances of Edith Pargeter are not as easy to find as her crime-writing alter ego Ellis Peters, but in my view, that makes the finding of them all the more satisfying (after all, who knows what other treasures you may find in bookshops?) However, after years of searching, I believe I have read pretty much all of them, and here’s my top recommendations: Continue reading “Edith Pargeter’s Greatest Hits”

Murder Mystery: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters

I got into Ellis Peters at an early age, because her books are the literary equivalent of the York Railway Game, for which the rules are: when attending any social gathering in York, score one point for each person you can find who works for (or retired from) the rail industry (excluding myself because that would be cheating). Whether it’s a village panto or an International Women’s Day event at the library, in four years I’ve never had a score of zero!  Continue reading “Murder Mystery: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters”

Murder Mystery: The Sting of Justice by Cora Harrison

Imagine a wind-swept stony place on the edge of the sea, where ancient Irish law holds sway in the face of English empire-building. Cora Harrison’s series of Burren mysteries is set in a law school during the sixteenth century on the limestone plateau called the Burren on the west coast of Ireland. I’ve never been there, but I imagine something like Malham Cove but by the sea. On the basis of Cora’s beautiful descriptions, this is definitely somewhere I’d like to go on holiday… Continue reading “Murder Mystery: The Sting of Justice by Cora Harrison”

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