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I'm currently going through some binge reading!
*winks at [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay*
I've mainlined all of the Jack Haldean novels by Dolores Gordon-Smith (save the latest which, inexplicably, isn't available on Kindle yet) & am now two books into the Angela Marchmont mysteries by Clara Benson.  I'm having such a gay time (in the sense of fun as opposed to boy-kissing, unusually for me, as said novels are all set in the 1920s! *g*)
I've also recently read the latest Lord Peter Wimsey mystery - The Late Scholar -  & I'd meant to recommend it straight away but somehow time had got away from me.  Jill Paton-Walsh has taken up the reins from Dorothy L Sayers & is doing a very credible job.  I wasn't quite so keen on the last book (The Attenbury Emeralds) but mainly because of the narrative style that she chose to use, but I loved The Late Scholar.  I think especially because she's chosen to set it in Oxford & as Gaudy Night is probably my favourite LPW story, then she had me at Magdalen! *g*

In other news, Mr B & I are running the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday in aid of the Lab rescue who brought us our gorgeous Bud & Cancer Research (in memory of my much loved & missed dad.) Typically, my right ITB has decided over the last couple of weeks to become sore.  I've rested it & am doing physio to strengthen my core muscles to help it.  Hopefully, it should be okay on Sunday.  It does now mean that instead of aiming for the time that I'd been hoping to run, I'm just going to have a leisurely run & enjoy all the sights in & around Chester.

Happy Tuesday, all! (Yay - Tuesday means new Supernatural to watch tomorrow!)

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Date: 13 May 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nakeisha.livejournal.com
This was very good timing, P. I was just about to comment on your post when you rec'd the Jack Haldean novels.

I haven't read any yet, but J started the first one yesterday and today asked if I could download the next couple for him, he's really enjoying them thus far.

Good luck on Saturday to you and Mr. B. I'm sorry to hear your ITB has chosen this time to become sore - that is typical. I hope it will be okay for Saturday.

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Date: 13 May 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so pleased that J is enjoying them! I do think they've got good, intelligent plots & the characters are well written (there are some recurring characters who appear in one or more books & they do begin to feel like old friends. *g*)

Thanks re the race. Yes, the timing of this ITB thing could be better but it's Murphy's Law, I suppose!

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Date: 14 May 2014 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nakeisha.livejournal.com
I'm sure I will too. I do like recurring characters who begin to feel like old friends *g*

Oh, indeed - Murphy's Law has a lot to answer for!

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Date: 13 May 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caffyolay.livejournal.com
Oh yes, this binge reading is a real addiction. ;-)

I have a couple of the Jill Paton Walsh books but want to read all the DLS Wimsey books first of course. Gaudy Night will probably be my next of those - someone suggested I read the Harriet Vane books first which is what I'm doing, so I have a lot of the earlier books still to read. Feels a bit off to be reading a series out of order as it's something I normally *never* do.

I finished A Fete Worse than Death and immediately went in search of the next book. Delighted to find it for the princely sum of 84p for Kindle on Amazon. Bargain! I don't know the Clara Benson books so will investigate later.

[livejournal.com profile] nakeisha and I both love Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple books, set in the 1920s. They take 3 or 4 books to get going but once they do they're huge fun.

And a standalone I enjoyed recently is The Red HOuse Mystery by A.A. Milne. It's quite well known so you may have already read it but if not I thought it was charming and I loved the two chaps who did the investigating.

Really sorry to hear about your ITB playing up. Talk about bad timing. :-( I hope you can enjoy the run anyway, enjoying the sights and sounds of Chester sounds grand to me. Good luck!

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Date: 14 May 2014 09:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
I do love the Wimsey-Vane novels. I don't think it will matter too much in terms of continuity if you haven't read the earlier novels, though there are recurring characters that occur from the previous books. However, I'm not sure if you've read any of the Wimsey-Vanes yet, but if not, it's really important that you do read them in the order they were written: Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night & Busman's Honeymoon then Thrones, Dominations (where Jill Paton Walsh completed DLS's manuscript) & then the Jill Patton Walsh's: A Presumption of Death, The Attenbury Emeralds & The Late Scholar. DLS did write a short story: Tallboys which has the married Wimseys in it, too - I think it's in the anthology In the Teeth of Evidence.
*cough*
I may be a bit of a LPW groupie. *g*

I've only just discovered the Clara Benson books - there only seem to be four of them unfortunately but I'm on book three & really enjoying them. This one is set in Cornwall! \o/

Thanks for the recs - I'll toddle along to Amazon & have a look.

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Date: 15 May 2014 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caffyolay.livejournal.com
I've read two of the Vane novels and am definitely reading those in order. So far I've read, Strong Poison and Have His Carcase (love that one). I decided to read one non-HV one and read Nine Tailors, loved that too! *g* Next up when I get to it will be Gaudy Night. I think I have most of the early ones on my Nook so I can read those whenever I feel like it. I'm thrilled to have such a lot of DLS's books still to get my teeth into and the JPW ones. I see no problem in being a LPW groupie. *G*

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Date: 17 May 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Oh, it's so lovely when you're at the start of a series & have so many stories to look forward to! Fortunately, there are new characters out there to discover when you come to the end! :)

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Date: 13 May 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackieville.livejournal.com
Best wishes!!!

Smooches and snuggles Buddy!

Hugs and loves!

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Date: 14 May 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

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Date: 13 May 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rifleman-s.livejournal.com
Oooh, good luck for Sunday - hope you have a fabulous day!!

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Date: 14 May 2014 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thanks, S! :)

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Date: 14 May 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laura-iskra.livejournal.com
all the best vibes for your run and for your ITB to keep quiet and in good condition!!

(still envious, though I managed to run a couple of 10km official runs in the last month and an amazing 24x1 hour relay race, where I run the fraction from 6 am to 7 am :P )

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Date: 17 May 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Oh, your relay sounds very exciting. Was it in aid of something? Did you run on a track or was it a larger course & you had to slot in for your hour at a certain place?

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Date: 22 May 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laura-iskra.livejournal.com
it is a "classical" race in the milan district, all the main running groups take part in it, it's on a track and all around the different groups mount their tents and gazebos and kitchens to give some facilities to the runners.. there's a ton of people around, cheering you and teasing the runners of the "rival" groups, it's quite fun, you always meet someone you know.

In the last few years there have been also a couple of university teams and an "erasmus" team, made by the erasmus university students, and they provided loud music entertainment (and rivers of beer) for the whole race!

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Date: 15 May 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timespirt.livejournal.com
Good luck with the run hon and I hope your sore muscles are gone very quickly so you can run.

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Date: 17 May 2014 08:33 am (UTC)

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