Author lost the plot. Reads like a first draft but has potential.
Definitely a keeper!
Book no 5 in the series and I need a break from Chief Inspector Chen's constant philosophising and poetry spouting. However, I do love his partner Detective Yu and Yu's wife Peixin. Will continue after I've re read Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones.
This is technically the first Moomin book but feels very different from the ones that followed later. I don't even consider this part of the Moomins series - perhaps it's closer to the comics. Can't say as I've yet to read them, though I own some of the compilations. The illustrations here do not, IMO, portray the Moomins quite as well as the ones in the series. Well, perhaps Jansson needed time to develop all aspects of her characters.
An Unsuitable Attachment (my 2nd favourite BP novel) is a particularly Pymish story, filled with Anglican vicars and their wives (and female admirers), fussy bachelors, socially awkward anthropologists, excellent spinsters, single persons ineffectually navigating the perilous seas of love.
One of my most precious possessions: The Last of the Dragons by A de Quincey, illustrated by Brian Hobb. I've owned this hardback copy for more than forty years and it's falling apart.