Anyway, here're a few stray reviews from December and even November, constantly trying to catch up seems to be the story of my life. LOL
The Road to Tholonet by Monty Don.
Next, Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne.
Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom - but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish's scale, left on the floor next to Mary's body.
Inspector Dundas is dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the case. The Gregor family and their servants are quick - perhaps too quick - to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman. Dundas uncovers a more complex truth, and the cruel character of the dead woman continues to pervade the house after her death. Soon further deaths, equally impossible, occur, and the atmosphere grows ever darker. Superstitious locals believe that fish creatures from the nearby waters are responsible; but luckily for Inspector Dundas, the gifted amateur sleuth Eustace Hailey is on the scene, and unravels a more logical solution to this most fiendish of plo
Enjoyed this very much. It has a really strong sense of its setting ie. The Scottish Highlands and the fabulous cover suits the book perfectly. There's quite a large cast of characters in the story and not easy to keep track, if I'm honest the person who jumped off the page at me was the dead woman, Mary Gregor. What piece of work she must've been... fascinating, so well written by Anthony Wynne. I gather there are around thirty in this Dr. Hailey series, written between 1925 and 1950 - Murder of a Lady is book 12 and has been reissued as a British Library Crime Classic. I do love these books, the quality varies but the books are rarely anything less than good and often excellent.
And lastly, The Traveller's Daybook: A Tour of the World in 366 Quotations by Fergus Fleming:
Anyway, Happy New Year to you, let's hope for a more peaceful and stable 2018.