This week’s visit to the library was good. Although I didn’t go armed with a list of authors and titles I was pleased to find some books/authors that I’d read about on blogs recently – they seem to jump out at me.
First, I saw The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton. The Slaves of Galconda had read this for their last book and from their reviews and discussion I thought I would like it and it looked different from other books I’ve read recently. The library catalogue’s summary is:
The Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house is an oppressive place, as grey and lonely as its residents. For Miss Roach, ‘slave of her task-master, solitude’, a window of opportunity is suddenly presented by the appearance of a charismatic American lieutenant. His arrival brings change to the precarious society of the house.
Courtesy of a runaway logging truck, a blind, retired dentist has just checked into Dr Siri’s downtown morgue. Laos’ one and only coroner is mildly curious as to how anyone could be run over in a country where two vehicles on one road would be considered a traffic jam. Is the ex-dentist’s demise connected to the letter in his pocket?
the secret history if a lost man who, while leaving no trace on the record, become stamped upon the heart of the reader. It is a deeply felt account of flight and the underlying pull of home, written with passion, tenderness and wit.
Normally sequels and prequels are books I avoid, particularly ones to Jane Austen’s novels, but I saw this on the shelf and thought I’d have a look at it – The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough. This tells what became of Mary, the Bennet’s prim daughter. Now I’ve got it home I’m not at all sure I’m going to like this, although I do like McCullough’s books; the reviews on Amazon and LibraryThing are hardly encouraging. I’ll have to see.
I think I’m on safer ground with the next book – The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie, this is a collection of tales of fate and the supernatural, described in the library catalogue as:
12 unexplained phenomena with no apparent earthly explanation, including a dog-shaped gunpowder mark, an omen from the ‘other side’, an eerie wireless messages, and a levitation experience.
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