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Wednesday, 25 February 2009


Current books on the go: Elizabeth Aston - The Darcy Connection - another Jane Austen spin off; Julia Williams - Strictly Love - chick lit with a ballroom dancing background; M R Hall - The Coroner - very good psychological crime about cover ups on a grand scale.

I've just finished L C Tyler's The Herring Seller's Apprentice which was very Golden Age of detective fiction even though it's set in the present. Two narrators - novelist Ethelred Tressider and his agent Elsie Thirkettle. Elsie reminded me of Agatha Raisin with her robust physique and terrier-like qualities. The plot is excellent and I would defy anyone to work out what actually happened. Ethelred's ex-wife is found murdered and the police suspect Ethelred for a while as well as Rupert the man she left Ethelred for. Elsie at first thinks her client is innocent but starts to wonder about his apparently unbreakable alibi. I shall definitely look out for more by this author.

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