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Fire in the Thatch
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN EDWARDS The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. On a nearby farm lives the bored, flirtatious June St Cyres, an exile from London while her husband is a Japanese POW. June's presence attracts fashionable visitors of dubious character, and threatens to spoil Vaughan's prized seclusion. When Little Thatch is destroyed in a blaze, all Vaughan's work goes up in smoke and Inspector Macdonald is drafted in to uncover a motive for murder.
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shanaqui
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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Aaaah, I loved the character of the victim as described in the first couple of chapters, so I got surprisingly invested in this one. Lorac's good at a slow unfolding of the mystery that ends up satisfying anyway; definitely more in the procedural line, detective-wise.

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Mdargusch
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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This is a fun little mystery written in 1946. So many suspicious characters and odd occurrences that I never figured out the murderer. Think Agatha Christy in the English countryside. Hopefully my family members will enjoy this next installment in our #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub. We missed our flight to London to see @AnnieD so drinking and reading is taking away a little of the pain.

emilyhaldi I‘m curious to see if the 🍷 affected the nature / quantity of your marginalia 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Oh no! How long do you have to wait for the next flight? 2mo
Reviewsbylola Totes jelly. 2mo
Reviewsbylola Of your trip, not your missed flight. 😜 2mo
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rabbitprincess
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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I enjoyed this one slightly more than the other Lorac I read (Bats in the Belfry). It's less bananas and is set during WW2 on the home front, so that added to my interest.

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rabbitprincess
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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#BookAndSnack: a British Library Crime Classic and peanut M&Ms 😋

MyBookSwapClub Yum :) 12mo
Aims42 One of my favorite #bookandsnack combos too 😋 12mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve always wanted to collect those! 12mo
rabbitprincess @MyBookSwapClub They were tasty! And I could pretend they were protein because of the peanuts 😂 @Aims42 It was just what I needed after a chilly morning/afternoon out at the Remembrance Day ceremony. @Reviewsbylola They have gorgeous covers! 12mo
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beaconhillbooks
Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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Really loved the idyllic thatched house and how Nicholas Vaughn was putting his heart and soul into upgrading the house. I hated when that part was over! I guessed incorrectly who did it, it was entertaining just not as good as the other British Library Crime Classic I recently read.