Crime rec

16 Oct 2014 08:33 am
bluespirit: (Snoopy - book hound)
I've found another series of Golden Age detective novels - the Dandy Gilver stories by Catriona McPherson.
Set in the 1920s, Dandy (short for Dandelion!) is an aristocratic sleuth who lives in Scotland (& she has a dalmation called Bunty!)
There's a good cast of regular characters & lots of lovely period detail & geographical depth. (The author was born & raised in Scotland.)
I've read the first three books in the series so far, After the Armistice Ball, The Burry Man's Day & Bury Her Deep & can thoroughly rec them! 
bluespirit: (Sherlock - smiles)
Mr B & I popped down to London last weekend to watch the World Triathlon Series in Hyde Park. While we were there, we checked out a couple of locations from the BBC Sherlock. *g*

pics this way )


We had such a smashing day.

Oh, and I saw this while we were there & thought of you,  [livejournal.com profile] tangotabby! *g*

2014-05-31 11.10.01


In other news, I have another book rec - well, a series of books: The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries by Carola Dunn.  They're more Golden Age murder mysteries & I love The Honourable Daisy & her Scotland Yard friend, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. (I think there's romance afoot there, but I'm only on book three so we'll have to wait & see - no spoilers please! *g*)  There was even a lovely bit of gay romance in one book - bonus or what?! ;)
Anyway, I'm completely hooked - it's all your fault [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay! *g*

I haven't been onto LJ for a week or so - I hope that everyone is happy & well!
Also, apologies for any missed birthdays - if you have celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful day!
*hugs*
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
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!)

Book rec

30 Apr 2014 11:44 am
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I've found a series of books - the Jack Haldean Mysteries - that has completely ensnared me.
They're by Dolores Gordon-Smith & chronicle the adventures of Major Jack Haldean: a former WW1 flying ace turned detective novelist & solver of real life murders. They're set in the 20s & are very much in the style of Dorothy L Sayers, etc. Major Jack isn't Lord Peter, of course (but, who is?) but he's a damned good sort, don'cha know & comes complete with tortured wartime back story & fast car. *g*

The first book (A Fete Worse Than Death) is good but the subsequent stories are even better & contain some really clever plots.

So, if you fancy a ripping yarn then do give 'em a shot.

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