The Sunday Salon

Yesterday I finished reading The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney and today I’ve been thinking what to write about it. I’ll publish my post on it later on this week. That has left me wondering what to read next alongside The Moonstone that I’m reading on my Kindle. I fancy something different from The Matchmaker, something more focused – maybe some crime fiction. So I looked at some of the books I’ve got lined up to read:

  • Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell. This was published last year which according to the Daily Mail is ‘Ruth Rendell … back to her creepy best.’  And  The Sunday Times is quoted as revelling ‘in the menacing potential of stillness … The suspense is genteel, but palpable … Ruth Rendell is in full control of her craft here.’ Ruth Rendell is an author I usually enjoy reading very much.
  • The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell, who is a new-to-me author. I’ve been enjoying his blog posts on Murder is Everywhere for a while so I looked for his books in the library. This is his first novel and it won the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in 2009.  Before that he had written the book that accompanied the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, so it’s not surprising that The Blood Detective features a genealogist specialising in compiling family trees.
  • Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon, published in hardback on 7 April 2011, my copy is from the publisher William Heinemann. This is the 20th Commisario Brunetti novel – he is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman who apparently died from a heart attack, although he thinks there is more to it. This looks so good.

As we’re halfway into March and I’ve got until the last Tuesday in the month when my book group meets to read Shirley Williams’s autobiography, Climbing the Bookshelves, I’d better get on with reading that. … But I just want to peek into the others first.

7 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon

  1. Peeking is seriously dangerous when you have something else you’ve got to read for a deadline. You always end up reading whatever you’ve peeked at and then having to gallop through the book you really ought to be been giving your attention to in the first place. I know; I am a serial peeker!

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  2. Margaret – Oh, you have some good crime fiction there! I’m a Brunetti fan, so I’m looking forward to your review of that Donna Leon. But the rest look great, too. And I do quite a lot of peeking, myself :-).

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  3. I can´t help you, I am afraid, because I´ll be looking forward to your review of all three. Well, especially Rendell perhaps, because if she is back in her best shape, I must have her book.

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  4. The Rendell is not due to be published here in the US until summer, so I’m very curious about that one. It’s fun choosing something new, isn’t it? They all sound good really.

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  5. I just received Matchmaker in the mail as a give away. I will be looking for your review–I have so many others lined up to read a head of it, it will be a while for me!
    Have a wonderful week…
    *smiles*

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  6. You’ll enjoy THE BLOOD DETECTIVE Margaret. I’m a bit behind in my Donna Leon’s and have A QUESTION OF BELIEF and the Ruth Rendell on my shelves too

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