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N or M? – Agatha Christie

(HarperCollins 2006, in ‘1940s Omnibus’; originally published 1941) This is the third of the five books featuring Christie’s husband-and-wife detective team, Tommy and Tuppence (really Prudence) Beresford. It’s the early days of the Second World War, and both Beresfords, who … Continue reading

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A Good School – Richard Yates

(Vintage e-book 2007, originally published in USA 1978) There has been a resurgence of interest in Richard Yates of late years, fuelled by the film of his first novel Revolutionary Road with Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio. I’ve not … Continue reading

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Atonement – Ian McEwan

(Vintage 2002) I came to this book after having seen the film adaptation with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, and am rather glad I did so. It’s actually a very faithful adaptation, except for a few minor details, and except … Continue reading

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Miss Ranskill Comes Home – Barbara Euphan Todd

(Persephone Books 2008, originally published 1946) This delightful and satirical book begins on a desert island, where Miss Nona Ranskill is burying the body of her companion and friend of the last four years, a man whom she refers to … Continue reading

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The Clock Strikes Twelve – Patricia Wentworth

(A ‘Miss Silver’ mystery) It is late December, 1941, and the Paradine family are gathered as usual to celebrate the New Year: James, his sister Grace, her adopted daughter Phyllida; James’ step-son Frank Ambrose, his sister Brenda, wife Irene and … Continue reading

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‘Diary of a Provincial Lady’ – E. M. Delafield

The Virago edition I read also contained three sequels, namely: The Provincial Lady Goes Further; The Provincial Lady in America; and The Provincial Lady in Wartime. E. M. Delafield wrote these books originally as weekly entries in Time and Tide, … Continue reading

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Miss Silver detective novels – Patricia Wentworth

I’ve been re-reading several of these books recently (they’ve been re-issued in rather nice retro covers, all from old advertising archives). I’d been vaguely aware of Wentworth’s mystery novels, featuring her former-governess detective, Miss Maud Silver, but only remembered reading … Continue reading

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