May. 30th, 2016 10:47 pm
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I wondered about writing down what I thought of what I had been reading. So this is a start to that.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (plus the three sequels) . Jolly good fun, but I was absurdly disappointed to realise that the writer is not in fact the same person as the narrator. I will continue to consume these like sweets I suspect.

Psycho by Robert Bloch. Entertaining, short, in print mainly because of the film I suspect. Isolation and bleakness, which makes sense. No one really knows anyone else, not even the two lovers.

The Great Coverup by Barry Sussman, All the President's Men by Woodward and Bernstein. I've been reading a lot about Watergate recently, as I didn't understand it at all. Now I still don't understand, but I do wish we cared as much as that generation did about the misdeeds of our rulers.

John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Craik. The tragic story of a young man with disabilities who falls in love with another young man, and watches him get married and become successful. It doesn't think that's what it's about, but that's what it's about.

The Secret Poisoner by Linda Stratmann. Enlightening, and useful non fiction text about poisoning in history. We may not be perfect in the way we deal with our children these days, but at least we are less likely to poison them for the burial insurance money/as a form of contraceptive these days. I hope.


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