It's been a little while since my last Blog. It's been a busy month or so, working reasonably regularly, entertaining the puppies and trying to get in some reading. I'm amazed that October is here and almost over. It feels like autumn now, the past few days have been foggy and cool, kind of a typical West Coast pattern.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294227/ . It starred Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis as two parents who move to Devon temporarily to help the family move on from the disappearance/ death of their young son. Of course, Crickley Hall, the place to which they move has secrets of its own and that's the gist of the story. The series was excellent, tensely written and wonderfully acted. The book, so far, is also living up to its promise.
COMOX VALLEY ROTARY CLUB BOOK SALE
This is one of my favourite events of the year in the Valley. Twice a year, the Rotary Club has a week long book sale to raise money for various charities they sponsor. I usually go a couple of times during the week and tend to find many excellent books; like my TBR list needs to be built up.. ;0). Prices are fair, during the week, they charged $5.00 for 3 books, or $2.00 a book and on the last day, $5.00 for a bag of books. It's always well-attended and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. This past week was the sale and I found many excellent books. Here are some highlights.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Man with Two Left Feet and other stories by P.G. Wodehouse
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
Coming up for Air by George Orwell
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster and
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (yup, I enjoyed Daniel Deronda so much, I thought I should try another)
The Burning Girl, by Mark Billingham, a Tom Thorne mystery
The Headmaster's Wife by Jane Haddam, a Gregor Demarkian mystery
Petrella at Q by Michael Gilbert, a year in the life of DI Daniel Petrella
The Chelsea Murders by Lionel Davidson
Too Many Women by Rex Stout, a Nero Wolfe mystery
He Who Fears the Wolf, by Karin Fossum, a Scandinavian mystery, and
O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King, a Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Pale Gray for Guilt #9, Darker than Amber #7 and Dress Her in Indigo #11. It's been a most enjoyable series so far; I'm glad I finally took a chance on it.
The other series is that of Brother Cadfael, written by Ellis Peters and starring Derek Jacobi in the TV adaptation. It's an excellent historical mystery series. This week I added Saint Peter's Fair #4 and The Sanctuary Sparrow #7.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, my first fantasy by him.
Blood of Victory by Alan Furst, a war/ spy novel in his Night Soldiers series, excellent one that is.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in this series
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong, a book of witches and fantasy.
And one by the missus, Calendar Girl by Tricia Stewart.
Well, there you go, the week that was. The next sale is in February.. woooo hooooo.