|Woman Reading in a Garden by Richard Emil Miller (1875 - 1943)|
I also attempted a couple of new-to-me M. C. Beatons with mixed results. You can read my thoughts on Emily goes to Exeter here and I hope to put up a short review of the latest Hamish Macbeth mystery.
I also finally managed to read an Edith Wharton for the first time, which also counted as my first completed classic for the Classics Challenge 2011. The Age of Innocence was a rewarding read and set in a time in America that I don't usually encounter. I enjoyed it but felt that the ending was bitter-sweet and left me unsatisfied. I shall definately be searching out more Wharton though as her prose is rich and her observations of upper-crust New Yorkers at the turn of the last century biting yet slightly sympathetic.
I felt like reading something a little lighter after that and who better that Suzette A. Hill to cheer me up and give me a warm, comforting feeling? Bone Idle is the third book in the Francis Oughterard series and I continue to be delighted with it. I hope to post something about this unusual, humourous and thouroughly English series soon.
And now I'm on an extended visit to Corduroy Mansions in Pimlico, London. I completed the second book in the series and enjoyed it so much that I proceeded onto the third, A Conspiracy of Friends, which is officially released today in the UK. Although the Scotland Street books by Alexander McCall Smith is my favourite of his series, I find that the Corduroy Mansions serials are fast becoming a favourite too.
I hope everyone had a comfortable and peaceful Easter and holidays. How was your April?
1. Manna from Hades - Carola Dunn
2. Emily goes to Exeter - M. C. Beaton
3. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
4. Bone Idle - Suzette A. Hill
5. Death of a Chimney Sweep - M. C. Beaton
6. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold - Alexander McCall Smith