Two of the main characters have just died
… and all I can think is, cool, we finally should be able to wrap things up now.
Seriously, this book has not aged well.
Not the edition I’m reading, but by far the most atmospheric cover of all the editions on BL.
I don’t like either of the men — if I’m not supposed to, job well done, Ms. Howatch. If I am supposed to like one or all of them (or even find them intriguing) … I guess it’s a good thing we’ve moved on since the 1970s. That said, as a teenager I’d probably have fallen for Daniel.
Kyle of Lochalsh.
Got some photos of my own, too — will have to look for them later.
And I’m pretty sure Roshven is inspired by Eilean Donan Castle … which, after all, also figures in everything from James Bond to the Highlander movie (and which in reality isn’t half as ancient as it is conveniently made to look).
BD gifts: My mom gave me a ticket for Bonn Opera’s production of Händel’s Xerxes — a simply riveting, tongue in cheek production setting the story in a dictatorial fairy tale puppet theatre (yes, there is such a thing) — and my BFF raided my Ammy wishlist … as well as adding a few things along the lines of “all things kitties.” I’m feeling very much spoiled!
… at Hamburg Zoo, with all sorts of different nesting options matching the various bee species’ requirements. Neat, isn’t it?
The librarian of the Unseen University!
In addition to the books acquired upon my departure for Hamburg, that is. Go figure, they had bookstores at Hamburg Airport and Hamburg Central Station as well … and I had way too much time on my hands ahead of my return flight to Cologne. * whistles innocently *
// TA decides to pack light because, after all, she’s only leaving for a 2-day business trip. Then agonizes a half hour over which one of several 100 books on physical TBR to take on the trip. //
// Leaving home, finds book in mailbox that was delivered yesterday but which for reasons unknown she didn’t immediately retrieve. Pulls book out of envelope, discards envelope, and stuffs book into travel case. //
TA gets to airport: “Oh, look, there’s the book store I knew all the time would be there!”
// Buys four more books just because. //
Hmm. The opening pages read unexpectedly timely. Right now we seem to be sliding into typical Anthony Berkeley mode, which isn’t necessarily a good sign. But the premise and the introduction still hold the promise of more good things to come.
Reading this for the “Justice Game” square of the (inofficial) Detection Club Bingo.
Country House Mystery: Georgette Heyer: Penhallow (Ulli Birvé audio)
Romantic Suspense: Susanna Kearsley: A Desperate Fortune (Katherine Kellgren audio)
Terrifying Women: Mary Roberts Rinehart: Locked Doors (Anne Hancock audio)
Terror in a Small Town: Joy Ellis: Their Lost Daughters (Richard Armitage audio)
Genre: Horror: Michael McDowell: Gilded Needles (R.C. Bray audio)
Gothic: Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (3 audio versions, narrated by Anna Massey, Emma Fielding, and Emilia Fox)
Murder Most Foul: Anthony Berkeley: The Wychford Poisoning Case (Mike Grady audio)
Doomsday: Jennifer Wright: Get Well Soon
Supernatural: Neil Gaiman: Norse Mythology (audio version, narrated by the author)
Amateur Sleuth: Fredric Brown: The Fabulous Clipjoint
Ghost Stories: Charles Dickens: The Ghost Stories, Vol. 1 (Phil Reynolds audio)
New Release: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling): Lethal White (Robert Glenister audio)
Diverse Voices: Walter Mosley: White Butterfly (Michael Boatman audio)
Creepy Carnivals: Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus (Adjoa Andoh audio)
Fear the Drowning Deep: Daphne du Maurier: Frenchman’s Creek (John Nettles audio)
Darkest London: Andrew Taylor: The American Boy (Alex Jennings audio)
Genre: Suspense: M.P. Shiel: Prince Zaleski and Cummings King Monk
Relics and Curiosities: Terry Pratchett: The Colour of Magic (Nigel Planer audio)
“Virgin” card posted for ease of tracking and comparison.
Read but not called
Called but not read
Read and Called