Monthly Archives: April 2013

Countess of Carnarvon, “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey”

Actually this post is a twofer, because I also just read Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember. Now why do you suppose I would read these two volumes back to back? I’ll give you a minute. Maybe if I add … Continue reading

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Joanna Trollope, “The Soldier’s Wife”

I always enjoy Joanna Trollope’s books, though I can’t usually tell them apart retrospectively. Is that a bad thing? It didn’t used to be. I imagine Trollope’s heyday featured legions of female readers — of a certain age, naturally — … Continue reading

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Barbara Trapido, “Temples of Delight”

It’s kind of a bold title for a book, don’t you think? If you call your novel Temples of Delight, you are either being harshly sardonic or you’d better deliver. Fortunately with Barbara Trapido doing the writing, delight is indeed … Continue reading

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Elly Griffiths, “Dying Fall”

Another mystery with one of those baffling meaningless titles that I can’t quite relate to the narrative — but never mind, it’s the new Elly Griffiths. And that means time spent with Ruth Galloway, the forensic archaeologist who can read … Continue reading

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John Henry Patterson, “The Man-Eaters of Tsavo”

It’s about lions, folks, not wicked women. In fact no woman has a speaking part in The Man-Eaters of Tsavo; this is a strictly masculine adventure, and so securely rooted in its period that I wondered briefly whether it might … Continue reading

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