More Roderick Alleyn. And a cult!
Roderick Alleyn #3
Detective Inspector Fox reappears, and Alleyn sets Nigel and Angela to work.
"“I asked you to come and see me,” she began very quietly, “because I believe my husband to have been murdered.” Fox did not speak for a moment. He sat stockily, very still, looking gravely before him. “I‘m sorry to hear that, Lady O‘Callaghan,” he said at last. “It sounds rather serious.” Apparently she had met her match in understatement."
The second of the Roderick Alleyn mysteries. Nigel invites Inspector Alleyn to a play, in the course of which an actor is murdered while onstage in front of the audience. Many red herrings, but Alleyn, as always, finds the murderer out. Still no Troy.
I'd read a few of the Roderick Alleyn mysteries, and since Golden Age mysteries have been some of the only things I can focus on these days, I've decided to read the rest in order. This is the first in the series, and is not the best (the solution is rather far fetched, tbh,) but it's still rather fun watching Alleyn work it out. Troy has not been introduced yet, but we do meet Nigel and Angela, as well as Alleyn's delightful mother, Lady Alleyn.
Close-up of a redbud tree. Completely unedited, and taken while two galumphing dogs were trying to drag me down the street. Luck favours a photographer who takes a hundred shots a day. If I'd *tried* to get a shot like this, I couldn't have done it in 1000 years.
#Audiobookwalk with the puppa luppas.
Tiny purple fleurs!
Cuz who doesn‘t want to read about rabies as a pandemic rages?
But also, after a discussion with my kids today about vaccines, I need to know why dogs get rabies vaccines but humans don‘t.
Mythos is the member's daily deal today at Audible.
Having Stephen Fry's voice in your ears for 14+ hours is a good, good thing. Aural security blanket.
What practical things have you learned from books?
Thrifty stuff, bookish edition:
Book owl canvas bag
Bas Bleu mug "Never underestimate a well-read woman."
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision From the National Collection
The Marvels - Brian Selznick
Forge - Laurie Halse Anderson
All laying on top of a Scottish lambswool shawl.
My girlie and I had such a fun day.
When you run across a phrase in a book and the only thing you can think of is the complete opposite of what the author was actually talking about. Hoo, boy, monstrous all right. 😂😂😂
In Greek Mythology, Echidna was a half woman- half serpent monster, which was really what Stephen Fry was talking about. But my brain gives me THIS.
I had to attend a funeral last week (not someone I was close to, more for the family) and started listening to this after, as death brings up questions, and I had it on audio. Surprisingly, it kind of helped? Not sure I'd listen to it immediately after a loved one's funeral, but Doughty's tone and forthrightness worked very well in her narration.
Thanks for the tag @TheBookStacker
1. Oh, so hard. You don't even know. Unless they're MLs with Blumenthal bindings. They get a free pass.
2. Went hunting NYRB, ML, and Europa Editions at Riverby Books today.
3. NYT, WashPo, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, and Al Jezeera
4. I get up immediately
Don't you just love when publishers hold on to your #NetGalley request for eons, then give you the ARC 2 weeks before pub date? ?
That aside, this is an impressive debut. What happens to the other family members when one child is elevated to "savior" status? Almost literally here, in the context of the old Hawaiian gods, but metaphorically, it could apply to a lot of families in more mundane contexts. The family drama is the heart of this book.
I requested this from #NetGalley on a whim, and I could NOT stop reading it. Flew through it in two days. The book is based on a single mention of an enslaved woman who was on Francis Drake's ship in 1579 when he was looking for a new passage around the Americas. Hair-raising adventure indeed.
Pub date 16 March 2020
Full review here:
And now for something completely different…
"Science fiction lends itself readily to imaginative subversion of any status quo. Bureaucrats and politicians, who can‘t afford to cultivate their imaginations, tend to assume it‘s all ray-guns and nonsense, good for children." From The forward, Ursula K. Leguin
This one is a liiiiiiiitle slower paced than my last read. From Drake on the high seas to Schleswig-Holstein. Interestingly, they both have a lot of Lutherans running about.
An enslaved woman, escaping one horrible shipboard situation, ends up on Francis Drake's ship, heading into the arctic in search of the NorthWest Passage. Adventure and horror on the high seas. And as if that's not dangerous enough, there's the added complication of being a woman and a slave on board a ship full of men.
I'm not sure "enjoying" is the word I want - the 16th century was pretty horrible - but I can't stop reading.
Oh, I can SO relate! (From a slightly different cause - I have chronic shoulder pain which, pre- bedtime meds, would unfailingly wake me up at 2 AM. Ugh. )
I‘m thoroughly enjoying this witty, super helpful guide to help keep your life stable while dealing with a mood disorder. In graphic novel format!
She has bipolar disorder, but I can see where it would be super helpful for those with anxiety, depression, SAD. In addition to doctors, therapy and meds, of course. I‘m buying a copy for work.
Book haul from the Book Sorting today. Somebody only got about 20 pages into The Topeka School before they bailed, leaving a lovely tree bookmark.
Found this on the New Books shelf at the library - originally published in 1968, HarperCollins republished it in 2019 with a new preface by Edward P. Jones.
Glad it caught my eye - the writing is stellar. Why have I never read McPherson before?
I was looking for a new audiobook this morning and saw @ljuliel 'S post about this book. Hoopla had it, so I snatched it up.
So glad I did! The audio is phenomenal and there are a lot of funny bits in there too. Yay, And yay for Littens who share the good stuff. ❤️
GIANTs on the right, with some regularly sized MLS to the left.
@Tamra posted this one a bit ago, and I *for real* love a variety of foods on platters/boards/trays. But I'm not going to buy a cookbook without flipping through it, so I scoured the libraries.
One of my libraries subscribes to Hoopla and they have it. Yay! Hoopla has a LOT of cookbooks. Who knew?
The puppas are not enjoying this walk in the rain, yet they INSIST on going out. 🤷🏻♀️
Listening to Hughes, fabulously narrated (and sung! In multiple voices!) by the incredibly talented Myra Lucretia Taylor.
James McBride used a lot of similar themes in Deacon King Kong, which I read and loved recently. Both books are great.
#Stella #Suzie #pibble #soggydogs
Cup/Brain Overflow - why aren't we ALL using this metaphor??? Yesssssssss.