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lyzard's list: worshipping obscurity in 2017 - Part 3

This is a continuation of the topic lyzard's list: worshipping obscurity in 2017 - Part 2.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Mar 13, 5:53pm Top

Tasmania crams an extraordinary variety of landscapes and environments into its limited space, from snow-capped mountains to rainforests. On the left is a view of Cradle Mountain over Dove Lake; on the right are the Bridal Veil Falls, on Bulls Creek. Both are situated in Lake St Clair National Park, in the north-west of the central highlands of the state.


Edited: Today, 3:56am Top

"When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity."
---G. K. Chesterton (I'm pretty sure he was talking about books...)



Currently reading:

Daylight Murder by Paul McGuire (1934)

Lady Of Quality by Georgette Heyer (1972)

Edited: Today, 3:31am Top

2017 reading


1. Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau (1839)
2. The Case Of The Black Twenty-Two by Brian Flynn (1928)
3. Forgive Us Our Trespasses by Lloyd C. Douglas (1932)
4. The Man Who Fell Through The Earth by Carolyn Wells (1919)
5. Elsie's Motherhood by Martha Finley (1876)
6. Hatter's Castle by A. J. Cronin (1931)
7. Colonel Gore's Third Case by Lynn Brock (1927)
8. The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1916)
9. Mrs Tim Flies Home by D. E. Stevenson (1952)
10. Summerhills by D. E. Stevenson (1956)
11. Red Pepper's Patients by Grace S. Richmond (1917)
12. Penelope's English Experiences by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1893)
13. Madeline; or, Love, Treachery And Revenge by James Summerfield Slaughter (1859)
14. The Merriweather Girls At Good Old Rockhill by Lizette M. Edholm (1932)
15. 1815: Regency Britain In The Year Of Waterloo by Stephen Bates (2015)
16. Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer (1968)
17. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie (1940)
18. Mr Pottermack's Oversight by R. Austin Freeman (1930)
19. The Linger-Nots And The Mystery House; or, The Story Of Nine Adventurous Girls by Agnes Miller (1923)


20. The Riddle Of The Mysterious Light by Mary E. Hanshew and Hazel Phillips Hanshew (1921)
21. The Man Without A Face by Clifton Robbins (1932)
22. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield (1929)
23. More Tales Of The Unexpected by Roald Dahl (1980)
24. Wind In His Fists by Phyllis Bottome (1931)
25. Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat by Ernest Bramah (1928)
26. The Devil's Highway by Harold Bell Wright and John Lebar (1932)
27. The Ellerby Case by John Rhode (1927)
28. Gentlemen Of Crime by Arthur Gask (1932)
29. The Man Of The Forest by Zane Grey (1920)
30. Sons by Pearl S. Buck (1932)
31. Mr Fortune, Please by H. C. Bailey (1927)
32. Death At Four Corners by Anthony Gilbert (1929)
33. Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie (1941)
34. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer (1970)


35. The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope (1880)
36. Feathers Left Around by Carolyn Wells (1923)
37. Flying Clues by Charles J. Dutton (1927)
38. Murder On The Palisades by Will Levinrew (1930)
39. The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (1928)
40. One Wonderful Night by Louis Tracy (1912)
41. Lost Man's Lane by Anna Katharine Green (1898)
42. The Linger-Nots And The Valley Feud; or, The Great West Point Chain by Agnes Miller (1923)
43. Ruth Fielding Down In Dixie; or, Great Times In The Land Of Cotton by Alice B. Emerson (1916)
44. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (1920)
45. The Hermit In Van Diemen's Land by Henry Savery (1830)
46. This House Of Grief: The Story Of A Murder Trial by Helen Garner (2014)
47. The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay (1918)
48. Arresting Delia by Sydney Fowler (1933)
49. Dr Nikola by Guy Newell Boothby (1895)
50. N or M? by Agatha Christie (1941)

Edited: Mar 13, 6:00pm Top

April - June:

Edited: Today, 3:57am Top

Reading projects 2017:

Blog reads:
Chronobibliography: Gallantry Unmask'd; or, Women In Their Proper Colours by Anonymous
Authors In Depth:
- The Mother-In-Law by E. D. E. N. Southworth
- The Captain Of The Vulture by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- The Sicilian by 'the author of The Mysterious Wife'
- Family Pictures by Susannah and Margaret Minifie
- The Old Engagement by Julia Day
Reading Roulette: Had You Been In His Place by Lizzie Bates
Australian fiction: Louisa Egerton by Mary Leman Grimstone
Gothic novel timeline: Julia De Roubigné by Henry Mackenzie
Early crime fiction: The Mysteries Of London by Paul Feval
Related reading: Gains And Losses by Robert Lee Wollf

Group / tutored reads:

Completed: Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau (thread here)

Now: The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope (thread here)

Upcoming: Zoe: The History Of Two Lives by Geraldine Jewsbury

America's best-selling novels (1895 - ????):
Next up: If Winter Comes by A. S. M. Hutchinson

Virago chronological reading project:
Next up: Zoe: The History Of Two Lives by Geraldine Jewsbury

Agatha Christie mysteries in chronological order:
Next up: The Body In The Library

Georgette Heyer historical romances in chronological order:
Next up: Lady Of Quality by Georgette Heyer

The evolution of detective fiction:
Next up: The Mysteries Of London by Paul Feval (R. Stephenson, translator)

Random reading 1940 - 1969:
Next up: The Taking Men by Anne Hepple / Before The Crossing by Storm Jameson

Potential decommission:
Next up: The Dangerous Dandy by Barbara Cartland

Possible future reading projects:
- Nobel Prize winners who won for fiction
- Daily Telegraph's 100 Best Novels, 1899
- 1898 C.K. Shorter List of Best 100 Novels
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize
- Berkeley "Books Of The Century"
- Mystery League books (and their covers)
- Collins White Circle Crime Club / Green Penguins
- Dell paperbacks
- "El Mundo" 100 best novels of the twentieth century

Edited: Mar 24, 11:47pm Top

Books in transit:

On interlibrary loan / branch transfer / storage request:
Daylight Murder by Paul McGuire

Purchased and shipped:
Murder From The Grave by Will Levinrew

On loan:
*The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay (12/04/2017)
**A Forger's Tale by Rod Howard (12/04/2017)
*This House Of Grief by Helen Garner (12/04/2017)
**The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (14/04/2017)
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers (14/04/2017)
Burglars In Bucks by G. D. H. & M. Cole (14/04/2017)
**The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield (14/04/2017)
**The Hermit In Van Diemen's Land by Henry Savery (14/04/2017)
The Way Beyond by Jeffery Farnol (14/04/2017)
The Madwoman In The Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar (14/04/2017)
**Sons by Pearl S. Buck (14/04/2017)

Edited: Mar 13, 6:07pm Top

TBR notes:

The Platinum Cat by Miles Burton {Rare Books}
The Double-Thirteen Mystery by Anthony Wynne {Rare Books}

The Sign Of the Glove by Carlton Dawe {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
Daylight Murder by Paul McGuire {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
Trunk Call (aka The Trunk-Call Mystery) by J. Jefferson Farjeon {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
Before The Crossing by Storm Jameson {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
The Thousandth Case by George Dilnot {State Library NSW, held}
The Rope Which Hangs by Gerard Fairlie {State Library NSW, held}
The Flying Beast by Walter S. Masterman {State Library NSW, held}

One-Man Girl by Maisie Greig {State Library Special Collections}
The Prince Of Poisoners by Ladbroke Black {State Library Special Collections}

Ma Cinderella by Harold Bell Wright {HathiTrust}
The Ebony Bed Murder by Rufus Gillmore {Kindle}
The 'Z' Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon {Kindle}
Find The Clock by Harry Stephen Keeler {Kindle}
Down River by John Haslette Vahey {serialised, SMH}
Wanted! by Carlton Dawe {serialised, SMH}
The Clutching Hand by Charles J. Dutton {serialised, Los Angeles Times}

None Of My Business by David Sharp {owned}
Death By Appointment by "Francis Bonnamy" (Audrey Walz) {Rare Books}
The Bell Street Murders by Sydney Fowler (S. Fowler Wright) {Rare Books}
Bread And Vinegar by H. A. Manhood {Rare Books}
The Murderer Invisible by Philip Wylie {Rare Books}

Shopping list:
The Orange Divan by Valentine Williams
The Seventh Passenger by Alice MacGowan and Perry Newberry
Gray Terror by Herman Landon
The Pelham Murder Case by Monte Barrett
Prove It, Mr Tolefree by R. A. J. Walling
Murder At The Hunting Club by Mary Plum
By The Watchman's Clock by Leslie Ford

The Hawkmoor Mystery by W. H. Lane Crauford
Dead Man's Hat by Hulbert Footner
October House by Kay Cleaver Strahan

Edited: Yesterday, 4:31am Top

Series and sequels, 1866 - 1919:

(1866 - 1876) **Emile Gaboriau - Monsieur Lecoq - The Widow Lerouge (1/6) {ManyBooks}
(1867 - 1905) **Martha Finley - Elsie Dinsmore - Elsie's Children (6/28) {Project Gutenberg}
(1867 - 1872) **George MacDonald - The Seaboard Parish - Annals Of A Quiet Neighbourhood (1/3) {ManyBooks}
(1878 - 1917) **Anna Katharine Green - Ebenezer Gryce - The Circular Study (10/12) {Project Gutenberg}
(1896 - 1909) **Melville Davisson Post - Randolph Mason - The Corrector Of Destinies (3/3) {Internet Archive}
(1893 - 1915) **Kate Douglas Wiggins - Penelope - Penelope's Progress (2/4) {Project Gutenberg}
(1894 - 1898) **Anthony Hope - Ruritania - Rupert Of Hentzau (3/3) {Project Gutenberg}
(1895 - 1901) **Guy Newell Boothby - Dr Nikola - The Lust Of Hate (3/5) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1897 - 1900) **Anna Katharine Green - Amelia Butterworth - The Circular Study (3/3) {Project Gutenberg}
(1899 - 1917) **Anna Katharine Green - Caleb Sweetwater - Agatha Webb (1/6) {ManyBooks}
(1899 - 1909) **E. W. Hornung - Raffles - The Black Mask (aka Raffles: Further Adventures Of The Amateur Cracksman) (2/4) {Project Gutenberg}
(1900 - 1974) *Ernest Bramah - Kai Lung - The Moon Of Much Gladness (4/6) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}

(1901 - 1919) **Carolyn Wells - Patty Fairfield - Patty's Friends (6/17) {Project Gutenberg}
(1901 - 1927) **George Barr McCutcheon - Graustark - Graustark (1/6) {Project Gutenberg}
(1903 - 1904) **Louis Tracy - Reginald Brett - The Albert Gate Mystery (2/2) {ManyBooks}
(1905 - 1925) **Baroness Orczy - The Old Man In The Corner - Unravelled Knots (3/3) {Project Gutenberg Australia}}
(1905 - 1928) **Edgar Wallace - The Just Men - The Three Just Men (5/6) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1906 - 1930) **John Galsworthy - The Forsyte Saga - Awakening (4/11) {Project Gutenberg}
(1907 - 1912) **Carolyn Wells - Marjorie - Marjorie's Vacation (1/6) {ManyBooks}
(1907 - 1942) *R. Austin Freeman - Dr John Thorndyke - Pontifex, Son And Thorndyke (18/26) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1907 - 1941) *Maurice Leblanc - Arsene Lupin - The Hollow Needle (3/21) {ManyBooks}
(1908 - 1924) **Margaret Penrose - Dorothy Dale - Dorothy Dale: A Girl Of Today (1/13) {ManyBooks}
(1909 - 1942) *Carolyn Wells - Fleming Stone - Spooky Hollow (15/49) {Kindle}
(1909 - 1929) *J. S. Fletcher - Inspector Skarratt - Marchester Royal (1/3) {Kindle}
(1909 - 1912) **Emerson Hough - Western Trilogy - 54-40 Or Fight (1/3) {Project Gutenberg}
(1910 - 1936) *Arthur B. Reeve - Craig Kennedy - The Treasure-Train (6/11) {ManyBooks}
(1910 - 1946) A. E. W. Mason - Inspector Hanaud - The House In Lordship Lane (7/7) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1910 - ????) *Edgar Wallace - Inspector Smith - Kate Plus Ten (3/?) {Project Gutenberg Australia}
(1910 - 1930) **Edgar Wallace - Inspector Elk - The Joker (3/6?) {ManyBooks}
(1910 - ????) *Thomas, Mary and Hazel Hanshew - Cleek - House Of Discord (8/12) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1910 - 1918) **John McIntyre - Ashton-Kirk - Ashton-Kirk: Special Detective (3/4) {HathiTrust}
(1910 - 1931) *Grace S. Richmond - Red Pepper Burns - Red And Black (4/6) {HathiTrust / Internet Archive}
(1910 - ????) *Jeffery Farnol - The Vibarts - The Way Beyond (3/?) {Fisher Library storage}

(1911 - 1935) G. K. Chesterton - Father Brown - The Scandal Of Father Brown (5/5) {branch transfer}
(1911 - 1937) Mary Roberts Rinehart - Letitia Carberry - Tish Marches On (5/5) {Kindle}
(1911 - 1919) **Alfred Bishop Mason - Tom Strong - Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout (5/5) {Project Gutenberg}
(1912 - ????) **Gordon Holmes (Louis Tracy) - Steingall and Clancy - The Bartlett Mystery (3/3) {ManyBooks}
(1913 - 1928) **Louis Tracy - Winter and Furneaux - The Strange Case Of Mortimer Fenley (2/9) {ManyBooks}
(1913 - 1934) *Alice B. Emerson - Ruth Fielding - Ruth Fielding At College (11/30) {Project Gutenberg}
(1913 - 1973) Sax Rohmer - Fu-Manchu - The Bride Of Fu-Manchu (6/14) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1913 - 1952) *Jeffery Farnol - Jasper Shrig - Peregrine's Progress (2/9) {ManyBooks}
(1914 - 1950) Mary Roberts Rinehart - Hilda Adams - Episode Of The Wandering Knife (5/5) Better World Books}
(1914 - 1934) *Ernest Bramah - Max Carrados - The Bunch Of Violets (short story) (3/5) {ManyBooks}
(1916 - 1941) John Buchan - Edward Leithen - Sick Heart River (5/5) {Fisher Library}
(1915 - 1936) *John Buchan - Richard Hannay - The Thirty-Nine Steps (1/5) {Fisher Library / Project Gutenberg / branch transfer / Kindle}
(1915 - 1923) **Booth Tarkington - Growth - The Magnificent Ambersons (2/3) {Project Gutenberg / Fisher Library / Kindle}
(1916 - 1917) **Carolyn Wells - Alan Ford - Faulkner's Folly (2/2) {owned}
(1916 - 1927) **Natalie Sumner Lincoln - Inspector Mitchell - The Nameless Man (2/10) {AbeBooks}
(1916 - 1917) **Nevil Monroe Hopkins - Mason Brant - The Strange Cases Of Mason Brant (1/2) {Coachwhip Books}
(1917 - 1929) **Henry Handel Richardson - Dr Richard Mahony - Australia Felix (1/3) {Fisher Library / Kindle}
(1918 - 1923) **Carolyn Wells - Pennington Wise - In The Onyx Lobby (3/8) {Project Gutenberg}
(1918 - ????) *Valentine Williams - Okewood / Clubfoot - Clubfoot The Avenger (4/?) {AbeBooks}
(1919 - 1966) *Lee Thayer - Peter Clancy - The Key (6/60) {expensive / Rare Books}
(1919 - 1921) **Octavus Roy Cohen - David Carroll - The Crimson Alibi (1/3) {Rare Books}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Mar 16, 2:07am Top

Series and sequels, 1920 - 1927:

(1920 - 1939) E. F. Benson - Mapp And Lucia - Trouble For Lucia (6/6) {interlibrary loan}
(1920 - 1948) *H. C. Bailey - Reggie Fortune - Mr Fortune Speaking (5/23) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1920 - 1949) William McFee - Spenlove - The Beachcomber - (3/6) {owned}
(1920 - 1932) *Alice B. Emerson - Betty Gordon - Betty Gordon At Bramble Farm (1/15) {ManyBooks}
(1920 - 1975) Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot - Five Little Pigs (23/39) {owned}
(1920 - 1921) **Natalie Sumner Lincoln - Ferguson - The Unseen Ear (2/2) {HathiTrust}
(1920 - 1937) *H. C. McNeile - Bulldog Drummond - Bull-Dog Drummond (1/10 - series continued) {Project Gutenberg / Fisher storage}

(1921 - 1929) ** / ***Charles J. Dutton - John Bartley - The Clutching Hand (8/9) {serialised}
(1921 - 1925) **Herman Landon - The Gray Phantom - Gray Terror (3/5) {Amazon}

(1922 - 1973) *Agatha Christie - Tommy and Tuppence - N. Or M.? (3/5) {owned}
(1922 - 1927) *Alice MacGowan and Perry Newberry - Jerry Boyne - The Seventh Passenger (4/5) {Amazon}
(1922 - 1931) *Valentine Williams - Inspector Manderton - The Orange Divan (2/4) {AbeBooks}

(1923 - 1937) Dorothy L. Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey - Murder Must Advertise (10/15) {on loan}
(1923 - 1924) **Carolyn Wells - Lorimer Lane - The Fourteenth Key (2/2) {eBay}
(1923 - 1931) *Agnes Miller - The Linger-Nots - The Linger-Nots And Their Golden Quest (3/5) {owned}
(1923 - 1927) **Annie Haynes - Inspector Furnival - The Abbey Court Murder (1/3) {Kindle}

(1924 - 1959) Philip MacDonald - Colonel Anthony Gethryn - Persons Unknown (aka "The Maze") (5/24) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held / Kindle upcoming}
(1924 - 1957) *Freeman Wills Crofts - Inspector French - Inspector French And The Starvel Tragedy (3/30) {academic loan / State Library NSW, Rare Books / Rare Books / Kindle upcoming}
(1924 - 1935) * / ***Francis D. Grierson - Inspector Sims and Professor Wells - The Zoo Murder (5/13) {owned}
(1924 - 1940) *Lynn Brock - Colonel Gore - The Slip-Carriage Mystery (4/12) {Kindle}
(1924 - 1933) *Herbert Adams - Jimmie Haswell - The Crooked Lip (2/9) {Rare Books}
(1924 - 1944) *A. Fielding - Inspector Pointer - The Charteris Mystery (2/23) {AbeBooks / Rare Books / Kindle, Resurrected Press}
(1924 - 1928) **Ford Madox Ford - Parade's End - No More Parades (2/4) {ebook}

(1925 - 1961) ***John Rhode - Dr Priestley - Death In The Hopfields (25/72) {HathiTrust / State Library NSW, held}
(1925 - 1953) *G. D. H. Cole / M. Cole - Superintendent Wilson - The Murder At Crome House (4/?) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1925 - 1937) *Hulbert Footner - Madame Storey - Madame Storey (2/10) {mobilereads / Project Gutenberg Canada}
(1925 - 1932) *Earl Derr Biggers - Charlie Chan - The Chinese Parrot (2/6) {feedbooks}
(1925 - 1944) *Agatha Christie - Superintendent Battle - Towards Zero (5/5) {owned}
(1925 - 1934) *Anthony Berkeley - Roger Sheringham - The Second Shot (5/10) {academic loan / Rare Books}
(1925 - 1950) *Anthony Wynne (Robert McNair Wilson) - Dr Eustace Hailey - The Double-Thirteen Mystery (2/27) (aka "The Double Thirteen") {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1925 - 1939) *Charles Barry (Charles Bryson) - Inspector Lawrence Gilmartin - The Smaller Penny (1/15) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1925 - 1929) **Will Scott - Will Disher - Disher--Detective (aka "The Black Stamp") (1/3) {AbeBooks, expensive}

(1926 - 1968) * / ***Christopher Bush - Ludovic Travers - Murder At Fenwold (3/63) {Rare Books}
(1926 - 1939) *S. S. Van Dine - Philo Vance - The Bishop Murder Case (4/12) {Rare Books}
(1926 - 1952) *J. Jefferson Farjeon - Ben the Tramp - The House Opposite (2/8) {Kindle / State Library NSW, held}
(1926 - ????) *G. D. H. Cole / M. Cole - Everard Blatchington - Burglars In Bucks (aka "The Berkshire Mystery") (2/6) {Fisher Library}
(1926 - 1936) *Margery Lawrence - The Round Table - Nights Of The Round Table (1/2) {Kindle}
(1926 - ????) *Arthur Gask - Gilbert Larose - Cloud, The Smiter (1/27) {University of Adelaide / Project Gutenberg Australia}

(1927 - 1933) *Herman Landon - The Picaroon - The Picaroon Does Justice (2/7) {Book Searchers}
(1927 - 1932) *Anthony Armstrong - Jimmie Rezaire - The Secret Trail (2/5) {Kindle}
(1927 - 1937) *Ronald Knox - Miles Bredon - Footsteps At The Lock (2/5) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan / Kindle / Project Gutenberg Canada}
(1927 - 1958) *Brian Flynn - Anthony Bathurst - The Murders Near Mapleton (3/54) {HathiTrust}
(1927 - 1947) *J. J. Connington - Sir Clinton Driffield - Tragedy At Ravensthorpe (2/17) {Murder Room ebook / Kindle}
(1927 - 1935) *Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Malleson) - Scott Egerton - Mystery Of The Open Window (4/10) {expensive}
(1927 - 1932) *William Morton (aka William Blair Morton Ferguson) - Daniel "Biff" Corrigan - Masquerade (1/4) {expensive}
(1927- 1929) **George Dilnot - Inspector Strickland - The Crooks' Game (1/2) {AbeBooks / Amazon}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Mar 13, 6:22pm Top

Series and sequels, 1928 - 1930:

(1928 - 1961) Patricia Wentworth - Miss Silver - In The Balance (aka "Danger Point") (4/33) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1928 - 1936) *Gavin Holt - Luther Bastion - The Garden Of Silent Beasts (5/17) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1928 - ????) Trygve Lund - Weston of the Royal North-West Mounted Police - In The Snow: A Romance Of The Canadian Backwoods (4/?) {AbeBooks}
(1928 - 1936) *Kay Cleaver Strahan - Lynn MacDonald - October House (4/7) {AbeBooks}
(1928 - 1937) *John Alexander Ferguson - Francis McNab - Murder On The Marsh (2/5) {Internet Archive / Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}
(1928 - 1960) *Cecil Freeman Gregg - Inspector Higgins - The Murdered Manservant (aka "The Body In The Safe") (1/35) {rare, expensive}
(1928 - 1959) *John Gordon Brandon - Inspector Patrick Aloysius McCarthy - The Black Joss (2/53) {State Library NSW, held}
(1928 - 1935) *Roland Daniel - Wu Fang / Inspector Saville - Wu Fang (2/6) {expensive}
(1928 - 1946) *Francis Beeding - Alistair Granby - Pretty Sinister (2/18) {academic loan}
(1928 - 1930) **Annie Haynes - Inspector Stoddart - The Man With The Dark Beard (1/4) {Project Gutenberg Australia / Kindle}
(1928 - 1930) **Elsa Barker - Dexter Drake and Paul Howard - The Cobra Candlestick (aka "The Cobra Shaped Candlestick") (1/3) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1928 - ????) Adam Broome - Denzil Grigson - Crowner's Quest (2/?) {AbeBooks / eBay}

(1929 - 1947) Margery Allingham - Albert Campion - Death Of A Ghost (6/35) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1929 - 1984) Gladys Mitchell - Mrs Bradley - Death At The Opera (5/67) {interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1937) ***Patricia Wentworth - Benbow Smith - Walk With Care (3/4) {Kindle}
(1929 - ????) Mignon Eberhart - Nurse Sarah Keate - Murder By An Aristocrat (aka "Murder Of My Patient") (5/8) {Rare Books / Kindle US / academic loan}
(1929 - ????) ***Moray Dalton - Inspector Collier - ???? (3/?) - Death In The Cup {unavailable}, The Wife Of Baal {unavailable}
(1929 - ????) * / ***Charles Reed Jones - Leighton Swift - The King Murder (1/?) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1931) Carolyn Wells - Kenneth Carlisle - Sleeping Dogs (1/3) {Amazon / eBay / Rare Books}
(1929 - 1967) *George Goodchild - Inspector McLean - McLean Of Scotland Yard (1/65) {State Library NSW, held}
(1929 - 1979) *Leonard Gribble - Anthony Slade - The Case Of The Marsden Rubies (1/33) {AbeBooks / Rare Books / re-check Kindle}
(1929 - 1932) *E. R. Punshon - Carter and Bell - The Unexpected Legacy (1/5) {expensive, omnibus / Rare Books}
(1929 - 1971) *Ellery Queen - Ellery Queen - The Roman Hat Mystery (1/40) {interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1966) *Arthur Upfield - Bony - The Sands Of Windee (2/29) {interlibrary loan / Rare Books}
(1929 - 1931) *Ernest Raymond - Once In England - A Family That Was (1/3) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1937) *Anthony Berkeley - Ambrose Chitterwick - The Piccadilly Murder (2/3) {interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1940) *Jean Lilly - DA Bruce Perkins - The Seven Sisters (1/3) {AbeBooks / expensive shipping}
(1929 - 1935) *N. A. Temple-Ellis (Nevile Holdaway) - Montrose Arbuthnot - The Inconsistent Villains (1/4) {AbeBooks / expensive shipping}
(1929 - 1943) *Gret Lane - Kate Clare Marsh and Inspector Barrin - The Cancelled Score Mystery (1/9) {Kindle}
(1929 - 1961) *Henry Holt - Inspector Silver - The Mayfair Mystery (aka "The Mayfair Murder") (1/16) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1930) *J. J. Connington - Superintendent Ross - The Eye In The Museum (1/2) {Kindle}
(1929 - 1941) *H. Maynard Smith - Inspector Frost - Inspector Frost's Jigsaw (1/7) {AbeBooks, omnibus}
(1929 - ????) *Armstrong Livingston - Jimmy Traynor - The Doublecross (1/?) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1932) Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson - Sir John Saumarez - Re-Enter Sir John (3/3) {Fisher Library storage}
(1929 - 1940) *Rufus King - Lieutenant Valcour - Murder By The Clock (1/11) {AbeBooks, omnibus / Kindle}
(1929 - 1933) *Will Levinrew (Will Levine) - Professor Brierly - Murder From The Grave (3/5) {ordered}
(1929 - 1932) *Nancy Barr Mavity - Peter Piper - The Body On The Floor (1/5) {AbeBooks / Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}
(1929 - 1934) *Charles J. Dutton - Professor Harley Manners - Streaked With Crimson (1/6) {AbeBooks / Amazon}

(1930 - ????) ***Moray Dalton - Hermann Glide - ???? (3/?) {see above}
(1930 - 1932) Hugh Walpole - The Herries Chronicles - Vanessa (4/4) {Fisher Library storage}
(1930 - 1932) Faith Baldwin - The Girls Of Divine Corners - Myra: A Story Of Divine Corners (4/4) {owned}
(1930 - 1960) ***Miles Burton - Desmond Merrion - The Platinum Cat (17/57) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1960) ***Miles Burton - Inspector Henry Arnold - The Platinum Cat (18/57) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1933) ***Roger Scarlett - Inspector Kane - In The First Degree (5/5) {unavailable}
(1930 - 1941) *Harriette Ashbrook - Philip "Spike" Tracy - The Murder Of Sigurd Sharon (3/7) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1943) Anthony Abbot - Thatcher Colt - About The Murder Of The Night Club Lady (3/8) {AbeBooks / serialised}
(1930 - ????) ***David Sharp - Professor Fielding - None Of My Business (3/?) {owned}
(1930 - 1950) *H. C. Bailey - Josiah Clunk - Garstons (aka The Garston Murder Case) (1/11) {HathiTrust}
(1930 - 1968) *Francis Van Wyck Mason - Hugh North - The Vesper Service Murders (2/41) {Kindle}
(1930 - 1976) *Agatha Christie - Miss Jane Marple - The Body In The Library (3/12) {owned}
(1930 - ????) *Anne Austin - James "Bonnie" Dundee - Murder Backstairs (2/?) - {Kindle}
(1930 - 1950) *Leslie Ford (as David Frome) - Mr Pinkerton and Inspector Bull - The Hammersmith Murders (1/11) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1930 - 1935) *"Diplomat" (John Franklin Carter) - Dennis Tyler - Murder In The State Department (1/7) {Amazon / Abebooks}
(1930 - 1962) *Helen Reilly - Inspector Christopher McKee - The Diamond Feather (1/31) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1933) *Mary Plum - John Smith - The Killing Of Judge MacFarlane (1/4) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1930 - 1945) *Hulbert Footner - Amos Lee Mappin - The Mystery Of The Folded Paper (aka The Folded Paper Mystery (1/10) {mobilereads / omnibus}
(1930 - 1940) *E. M. Delafield - The Provincial Lady - The Provincial Lady In Wartime (4/4) {Fisher Library}
(1930 - 1933) *Monte Barrett - Peter Cardigan - The Pelham Murder Case (1/3) {Amazon}
(1930 - 1931) Vernon Loder - Inspector Brews - Death Of An Editor (2/2) {Kindle}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Today, 3:52am Top

Series and sequels, 1931 - 1955:

(1931 - 1940) Bruce Graeme - Superintendent Stevens and Pierre Allain - An International Affair (3/8) {AbeBooks}
(1931 - 1951) Phoebe Atwood Taylor - Asey Mayo - The Mystery Of The Cape Cod Players (3/24) {AbeBooks / State Library NSW, held}
(1931 - 1955) Stuart Palmer - Hildegarde Withers - Murder On Wheels (2/18) {Kindle}
(1931 - 1951) Olive Higgins Prouty - The Vale Novels - Now, Voyager (3/5) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1931 - 1933) Sydney Fowler - Inspector Cleveland - Arresting Delia (4/4) {Book Depository / Rare Books / online}
(1931 - 1934) J. H. Wallis - Inspector Wilton Jacks - The Capital City Mystery (2/6) {AbeBooks, expensive}
(1931 - ????) Paul McGuire - Inspector Cummings - Daylight Murder (aka "Murder At High Noon") (3/5) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1931 - 1937) Carlton Dawe - Leathermouth - The Sign Of The Glove (2/13) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1931 - 1947) R. L. Goldman - Asaph Clume and Rufus Reed - Murder Without Motive (2/6) {Wildside Press}
(1931 - 1959) E. C. R. Lorac (Edith Caroline Rivett) - Inspector Robert Macdonald - The Murder On The Burrows (1/46) {rare, expensive}
(1931 - ????) Clifton Robbins - Clay Harrison - Death On The Highway (3/5) {owned}
(1931 - 1972) Georges Simenon - Inspector Maigret - Un Crime en Hollande (8/75) {interlibrary loan}
(1931 - 1934) T. S. Stribling - The Vaiden Trilogy - The Store (2/3) {academic loan / State Library, held}
(1931 - 1935) Pearl S. Buck - The House Of Earth - A House Divided (3/3) {Fisher Library storage}
(1931 - 1942) R. A. J. Walling - Garstang - The Stroke Of One (1/3) {Amazon}
(1931 - ????) Francis Bonnamy (Audrey Boyers Walz) - Peter Utley Shane - Death By Appointment (1/8){AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1931 - 1937) J. S. Fletcher - Ronald Camberwell - Murder In The Squire's Pew (3/11) {Kindle / State Library NSW, held}

(1932 - 1954) Sydney Fowler - Inspector Cambridge and Mr Jellipot - The Bell Street Murders (1/11) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1932 - 1935) Murray Thomas - Inspector Wilkins - Buzzards Pick The Bones (1/3) {AbeBooks, expensive}
(1932 - ????) R. A. J. Walling - Philip Tolefree - Prove It, Mr Tolefree (aka The Tolliver Case) (3/22) {AbeBooks}
(1932 - 1962) T. Arthur Plummer - Detective-Inspector Andrew Frampton - Shadowed By The C. I. D. (1/50) {unavailable?}
(1932 - 1936) John Victor Turner - Amos Petrie - Death Must Have Laughed (1/7) {Rare Books}
(1932 - 1944) Nicholas Brady (John Victor Turner) - Ebenezer Buckle - The House Of Strange Guests (1/4) {Kindle}
(1932 - 1932) Lizette M. Edholm - The Merriweather Girls - The Merriweather Girls At Good Old Rockhill (4/4) {HathiTrust}
(1932 - 1933) Barnaby Ross (aka Ellery Queen) - Drury Lane - The Tragedy Of Z (3/4) {Rare Books / Internet Archive}
(1932 - 1952) D. E. Stevenson - Mrs Tim - Mrs Tim Flies Home (5/5) {interlibrary loan}
(1932 - ????) Richard Essex (Richard Harry Starr) - Jack Slade - Slade Of The Yard (1/?) {AbeBooks}
(1932 - 1933) Gerard Fairlie - Mr Malcolm - Shot In The Dark (1/3) (State Library NSW, held}
(1932 - 1934) Paul McGuire - Inspector Fillinger - The Tower Mystery (aka Death Tolls The Bell) (1/5) {Rare Books / State Library, held}

(1933 - 1959) John Gordon Brandon - Arthur Stukeley Pennington - West End! (1/?) {AbeBooks / State Library, held}
(1933 - 1940) Lilian Garis - Carol Duncan - The Ghost Of Melody Lane (1/9) {AbeBooks}
(1933 - 1934) Peter Hunt (George Worthing Yates and Charles Hunt Marshall) - Allan Miller - Murders At Scandal House (1/3) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1933 - 1968) John Dickson Carr - Gideon Fell - Hag's Nook (1/23) {Better World Books / State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1933 - 1939) Gregory Dean - Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Simon - The Case Of Marie Corwin (1/3) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1933 - 1956) E. R. Punshon - Detective-Sergeant Bobby Owen - Information Received (1/35) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held / Rare Books}
(1933 - 1970) Dennis Wheatley - Duke de Richlieu - The Forbidden Territory (1/11) {Fisher Library}
(1933 - 1934) Jackson Gregory - Paul Savoy - A Case For Mr Paul Savoy (1/3) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1933 - 1957) John Creasey - Department Z - The Death Miser (1/28) {State Library NSW, held}
(1933 - 1940) Bruce Graeme - Superintendent Stevens - Body Unknown (2/2) {expensive}
(1934 - 1936) Storm Jameson - The Mirror In Darkness - Company Parade (1/3) {Fisher Library}
(1934 - 1949) Richard Goyne - Paul Templeton - Strange Motives (1/13) {unavailable?}
(1934 - 1941) N. A. Temple-Ellis (Nevile Holdaway) - Inspector Wren - Three Went In (1/3) {unavailable?}
(1934 - 1953) Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr) - Sir Henry Merivale - The Plague Court Murders (1/22) {Fisher Library}
(1934 - 1968) Dennis Wheatley - Gregory Sallust - Black August (1/11) {interlibrary loan / omnibus}
(1935 - 1939) Francis Beeding - Inspector George Martin - The Norwich Victims (1/3) {AbeBooks / Book Depository / State Library NSW, held}
(1935 - 1976) Nigel Morland - Palmyra Pym - The Moon Murders (1/28) {State Library NSW, held}
(1935 - 1941) Clyde Clason - Professor Theocritus Lucius Westborough - The Fifth Tumbler (1/10) {unavailable?}
(1935 - ????) G. D. H. Cole / M. Cole - Dr Tancred - Dr Tancred Begins (1/?) (AbeBooks, expensive / State Library NSW, held / Rare Books}
(1935 - ????) George Harmon Coxe - Kent Murdock - Murder With Pictures (1/22) {AbeBooks}
(1935 - 1959) Kathleen Moore Knight - Elisha Macomber - Death Blew Out The Match (1/16) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1935 - 1953) Leslie Ford (Zenith Jones Brown) - Colonel John Primrose and Grace Latham - The Clock Strikes Twelve (aka "The Supreme Court Murder") (NB: novella) {owned}
(1936 - 1974) Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Malleson) - Arthur Crook - Murder By Experts (1/51) {interlibrary loan}
(1936 - 1952) Helen Dore Boylston - Sue Barton - Sue Barton, Student Nurse (1/7) {interlibrary loan}
(1939 - 1942) Patricia Wentworth - Inspector Lamb - Who Pays The Piper? (aka "Account Rendered") (2/3) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1940 - 1943) Bruce Graeme - Pierre Allain - The Corporal Died In Bed (1/3) {unavailable?}
(1941 - 1951) Bruce Graeme - Theodore I. Terhune - Seven Clues In Search Of A Crime (1/7) {unavailable?}
(1947 - 1974) Dennis Wheatley - Roger Brook - The Launching Of Roger Brook (1/12) {Fisher Library storage}
(1948 - 1971) E. V. Timms - The Gubbys - Forever To Remain (1/12) {Fisher Library / interlibrary loan}
(1953 - 1960) Dennis Wheatley - Molly Fountain and Colonel Verney - To The Devil A Daughter (1/2) {Fisher Library storage}
(1955 - 1956) D. E. Stevenson - The Ayrton Family - Summerhills (2/2) {interlibrary loan}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Mar 13, 6:40pm Top

Unavailable series works:

John Rhode - Dr Priestley
The Paddington Mystery (#1)
Tragedy At The Unicorn (#5)
The Hanging Woman (#11)

Christopher Bush - Ludovic Travers
The Plumley Inheritance (#1)

Moray Dalton - Inspector Collier
>#3 onwards (to end of series)

Moray Dalton - Hermann Glide
>#3 onwards (to end of series)

Miles Burton - Desmond Merrion / Inspector Arnold
>everything from #2 - #11 inclusive

David Sharp - Professor Fielding
When No Man Pursueth (#1)

Francis D. Grierson - Inspector Sims and Professor Wells
Secret Judges (#2)
The Double Thumb (#3)

Roger Scarlett - Inspector Kane
>#4 onwards (to end of series)

Tom Strong - Alfred Bishop Mason
Tom Strong, Boy-Captain (#2)
Tom Strong, Junior (#3)
Tom Strong, Third (#4)

Wu Fang - Roland Daniel
The Society Of The Spiders (#1)

Edited: Mar 13, 6:43pm Top

Timeline of detective fiction:

Things As They Are; or, The Adventures Of Caleb Williams by William Godwin (1794)
Mademoiselle de Scudéri by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1819)
Richmond: Scenes In The Life Of A Bow Street Officer by Anonymous (1827)
Memoirs Of Vidocq by Eugene Francois Vidocq (1828)
Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac (1835)
Passages In The Secret History Of An Irish Countess by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1838); The Purcell Papers (1880)
The Murders In The Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (1841, 1842, 1845)

The Mysteries Of Paris by Eugene Sue (1842 - 1843)
The Mysteries Of London - Paul Feval (1844) (Internet Archive, R. Stephenson)
The Mysteries Of London - George Reynolds (1844 - 1848)
The Mysteries Of The Court Of London - George Reynolds (1848 - 1856)
John Devil by Paul Feval (1861)

Early detective novels:
Recollections Of A Detective Police-Officer by "Waters" (William Russell) (1856)
The Widow Lerouge by Emile Gaboriau (1866)
Under Lock And Key by T. W. Speight (1869)
Checkmate by J. Sheridan LeFanu (1871)
Is He The Man? by William Clark Russell (1876)
Devlin The Barber by B. J. Farjeon (1888)
Mr Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard (1888)
The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume (1889)
The Queen Anne's Gate Mystery by Richard Arkwright (1889)
The Ivory Queen by Norman Hurst (1889) (Check Julius H. Hurst 1899)
The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill (1892)

Female detectives:
The Diary Of Anne Rodway by Wilkie Collins (1856)
The Female Detective by Andrew Forrester (1864)
Revelations Of A Lady Detective by William Stephens Hayward (1864)
The Law And The Lady by Wilkie Collins (1875)
Madeline Payne; or, The Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch (Emma Murdoch Van Deventer) (1884)
Mr Bazalgette's Agent by Leonard Merrick (1888)
Moina; or, Against The Mighty by Lawrence L. Lynch (Emma Murdoch Van Deventer) (sequel to Madeline Payne?) (1891)
The Experiences Of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa Pirkis (1893)
Dorcas Dene, Detective by George Sims (1897)
- Amelia Butterworth series by Anna Katharine Grant (1897 - 1900)
Miss Cayley's Adventures by Grant Allan (1899)
Hilda Wade by Grant Allan (1900)
Dora Myrl, The Lady Detective by M. McDonnel Bodkin (1900)
The Investigators by J. S. Fletcher (1902)
Lady Molly Of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy (1910)
Constance Dunlap, Woman Detective by Arthur B. Reeve (1913)

Related mainstream works:
Adventures Of Susan Hopley by Catherine Crowe (1841)
Men And Women; or, Manorial Rights by Catherine Crowe (1843)
Hargrave by Frances Trollope (1843)
Clement Lorimer by Angus Reach (1849)

True crime:
Clues: or, Leaves from a Chief Constable's Note Book by Sir William Henderson (1889)
Dreadful Deeds And Awful Murders by Joan Lock

Edited: Mar 22, 1:30am Top

Books currently on loan:




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Reading projects:



Other projects:



Edited: Mar 25, 6:18pm Top

Short-list TBR:



Edited: Mar 13, 6:49pm Top

...and I think that's all.

I'll just add a reminder that there is currently a group read of Anthony Trollope's The Duke's Children - here - and that in May, there will be a group read of Geraldine Jewsbury's Zoe: The History Of Two Lives through the Virago group.

Mar 13, 6:05pm Top


Mar 13, 6:49pm Top

Boom-tish! :)

Mar 13, 7:00pm Top

I am so sad that this is the final Georgette Heyer book.

Mar 13, 7:12pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz.

>1 lyzard: Tasmania looks more than a little worth a visit. One of my partners in the construction company studied law there and does a good enough job himself of selling the place.

Edited: Mar 13, 7:22pm Top

>20 ronincats:

Oh, I know! Though the sadness of that is somewhat balanced by the thought that I am actually completing a challenge!

I do intend to go on to the straight historical fiction, but I'll understand if others choose to pass. :)

>21 PaulCranswick:

Thanks, Paul! Yes, it's spectacular, and small enough that you can see pretty much everything within a conventional holiday period, so that's another attraction.

Mar 13, 7:42pm Top

Re: your topper. We have a study abroad program at the University of Tasmania in Sandy Bay (I think it's a suburb of Hobart?), and the students come back raving about how wonderful it is there. Those pictures offer a good clue as to why!

Mar 13, 9:16pm Top

Yes, Sandy Bay is a waterside suburb to the south of Hobart. (It's also where the Wrest Point Casino is located: I hope *that's* not what your students were interested in!)

Mar 14, 3:21am Top

Happy new thread, Liz!

Mar 14, 6:14am Top

>24 lyzard: I'd be shocked if they didn't wander in to the casino at least once, but since we have those here, too, it shouldn't be a huge draw. *fingers crossed*

Mar 14, 6:38am Top

Happy new thread, Liz!

Mar 14, 10:53am Top

Happy New Thread, Liz!

>18 alcottacre: from Stasia ("18") made more sense when you just had numbers in your initial posts. :-)

Beautiful photos up top - I'm particularly taken by the waterfall one. What a lovely part of the world.

Mar 14, 11:58am Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 14, 2:10pm Top

Love your thread toppers, beautiful images.
Happy new thread. >:-)

Mar 14, 2:55pm Top

>1 lyzard: Beautiful! Happy new thread!

To celebrate here are some baby sloths talking (scroll down for video):


Mar 14, 3:15pm Top

>31 souloftherose: Squeaky sloths! Just adorable.

Mar 14, 6:04pm Top

Hi, Harry, Amber, Joe, Jim, Helen, Heather - thank you all fpr dropping in!

Welcome back, Julia!

>26 rosalita:

It was the first one on the country so there was always an extra aspect of looking at it askance here. :)

>28 jnwelch:

Yes, it was hard to choose just two images.

>30 Helenliz:

Glad you like them, Helen!

>31 souloftherose:

Awwww, thank you!

Mar 15, 12:40am Top

Finished Lost Man's Lane for TIOLI #5.

Now reading The Linger-Nots And The Valley Feud by Agnes Miller.

Mar 15, 10:15pm Top

I have finally written a blog post about James Summerfield Slaughter's Madeline; or, Love Treachery And Revenge: a work that goes out of its way to prove that an American could write a sentimental novel just as hilariously terrible as any Englishman!


Mar 15, 10:16pm Top

...and I'm so relieved to have that off my back that I feel like celebrating---with a sifaka!

Mar 15, 10:44pm Top

Slo— wait a minute, that's not a sloth! It's a cute fella, if somewhat startled-looking.

Edited: Mar 15, 10:46pm Top

That's its non-startled expression; if you're lucky, I'll celebrate the next blog-post with some sifaka face-pulling. :)

Mar 15, 10:54pm Top

Oh boy! Start writing, Liz!


Mar 16, 12:35am Top

I've got to start reading first: I'm all caught up! :)

Mar 16, 2:09am Top

Finished The Linger-Nots And The Valley Feud for TIOLI #14.

Now reading Ruth Fielding Down In Dixie by Alice B. Emerson.

Edited: Mar 16, 7:05pm Top

I hate it when the touchstones aren't working...

(Though I gather this time it's related to a search issue?)

ETA: Yay, they're back!

Edited: Mar 16, 7:05pm Top

Finished Ruth Fielding Down In Dixie for TIOLI #8.

Now reading Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.

Mar 16, 6:47pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz, Tasmania looks beautiful & >36 lyzard: is cute :-)

Mar 16, 7:04pm Top

Thanks, Anita! :)

Mar 17, 7:24am Top

>43 lyzard: I'll be interested to see what you make of Main Street, Liz. I struggled my way through it a number of years ago and was non-plussed as to how it managed to get a Pulitzer Prize.

Have a great weekend.

Edited: Mar 17, 7:50am Top

>46 PaulCranswick:

I've read it before; I found its attitude to Carol profoundly disheartening. We'll see how I feel this time.

(Lewis didn't win for Main Street, although the fact that he was considered for the prize but ultimately eliminated from the running because the novel wasn't considered "wholesome" enough might account for your reaction! He did win for Arrowsmith but refused the award because of the earlier slight. Ironic that the book that did win for 1920 was a devastating takedown of social and sexual hypocrisy...)

Mar 17, 7:45am Top

Apropos, this is an excerpt from Sinclair's Lewis's letter to the Pulitzer committee explaining his rejection; the requirement for a book to be "wholesome" later faded away (obviously!):

Those terms are that the prize shall be given “for the American novel published during the year which shall best present the wholesome atmosphere of American life, and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.” This phrase, if it means anything whatever, would appear to mean that the appraisal of the novels shall be made not according to their actual literary merit but in obedience to whatever code of Good Form may chance to be popular at the moment.

That there is such a limitation of the award is little understood. Because of the condensed manner in which the announcement is usually reported, and because certain publishers have trumpeted that any novel which has received the Pulitzer Prize has thus been established without qualification as the best novel, the public has come to believe that the prize is the highest honor which an American novelist can receive...

Mar 17, 8:03am Top

>47 lyzard: Yep, of course it was a huge controversy. I should have said recommended rather than get although wikipedia does state slightly erroneously that it was awarded to him and then rejected. The split jury recommended it to the Trustees and they rejected it in favour of Wharton's book (the right decision IMO) also by a split decision.

When the decisions were made public, Wharton was also very vocal in her criticism of the process of what is in any event a subjective decision. Lewis and Wharton were united in their experiences to such a degree that his next book Babbitt was actually dedicated to her.

Mar 17, 5:45pm Top

Yes, that's right; even more complicated than I remembered.

I certainly have no issue with The Age Of Innocence winning on merit, but I'm at a loss trying to work out how anyone could describe it as a depiction of a society with a "wholesome atmosphere"! :)

I would think that any serious writer would reject the Pulitzer parameters as then stated, though as always it tends to be more risky for a woman to say so, given the implications. It's interesting that Lewis and Wharton came together over this.

Mar 17, 6:40pm Top

Copying analysis from my thread:

Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer (249 pp.)

One of her last books, this one never has the sparkle for me of some of the others. I think a large part of this is that Desford is on the move so much that there is relatively little interaction between him and Hetta. His relations with his father, mother, and brother, however, are topnotch, as are the characterizations of the miserly Lord N and the cardsharp son. The end moves quickly and wraps up in quite satisfactory fashion.

Mar 17, 6:45pm Top


What occurred to me after the event is that this is the rare novel involving someone *not* prepared to "consider the world well lost for love", as they say. Not that the situation arises but it's clear that Desford wouldn't have married Cherry even if he wanted to, because of his feeling of obligation to his family (even as that family is trying to swallow the idea of him doing just that). Charity Girl is probably closer to reality in that respect than most of the other novels.

Mar 17, 10:07pm Top

(hanging head in shame) I have never read Main Street. I really need to get that one read.

Happy weekend, Liz :)

Edited: Mar 20, 2:36am Top

Belated 'thank you', Stasia! :)

I don't know that head-hanging is in order: I understand why Main Street was such a success, but I must confess I find it something of a slog. (I also suspect I'm a bit too much like the protagonist for comfort...)

Mar 20, 2:36am Top

Finished Main Street for TIOLI #7.

Now reading The Hermit In Van Diemen's Land by Henry Savery.

Edited: Mar 20, 7:38pm Top

Feathers Left Around - To amuse his guests - his fiancée, Pauline Fuller; flirtatious Anna Knox and her writer-husband, Ned; book-dealer Bob "Angel" Baldwin; aspiring psychic Stella Lawrence; Mr and Mrs Meredith; Roly Mears; and the Countess Galaski - Valentine loft invites to his country house Hugh Curran, an author of best-selling mysteries; although due to his own prejudice on the subject, Loft is sorry to have done so when he learns that Curran is divorced. Dinner is a strained affair, with Curran speaking oddly on several occasions---at people, rather than to them, some of the guests feel---so that there is a sense of relief when he retires for the night. The next morning Curran is found dead in his room, in an armchair and still dressed in his evening clothes. The others assume he has suffered a stroke or similar attack, but the summoned doctor immediately suspects poison. The locked room suggests suicide, but the absence of any container or wrapper at the scene indicates murder... This fourteenth book in Carolyn Wells' series featuring private investigator, Fleming Stone, and his teenaged assistant, Terence 'Fibsy' McGuire, is a very mixed work. This is quite a long book for this genre, and more than half of it is given over to the tedious efforts of the house-guests - male only, of course - to play amateur detective; while the police officer who supposedly has charge of the case is, even by the standards of American mysteries of the period, astonishingly stupid and incompetent, trailing after the people who should be his suspects like a lost puppy and not "daring" to cross Valentine Loft. (Although items were taken from the dead man's body, it's a week before Detective Kinney thinks to search for them, and then it's at someone else's prompting.) The amateurs' efforts do meet with some success, but to Loft's horror the emerging evidence all seems to point to Pauline. When she flees the house and disappears, Loft takes stock of his feelings---and calls in Fleming Stone: firstly to find Pauline; secondly, to find some evidence that will exculpate her, whether she be guilty or innocent of murder... Feathers Left Around lifts markedly once Stone and Fibsy arrive belatedly upon he scene. The two divide the case between them (instead of Fibsy doing all the work and Stone getting all the credit, as happens in a few too many of these books), with Fibsy hunting down the elusive Pauline and Stone focused upon the murder---with the solution to the latter involving both an unusual murder method, and an amusingly prosaic explanation of the "locked room" aspect of the case. An examination of Hugh Curran's body indicates to Stone how the murder was committed; while he finds the necessary proof of his theory amongst the commonplace and overlooked objects in the dead man's room: a scenario which circles back to the discussion of mysteries and murder methods with which Feathers Left Around opens, and to the explanation of the book's title (one unfortunately presented as a 'negro story'). How do you solve a case of stolen chickens once the birds have been eaten? From the feathers left around...

    "As I see it, whoever killed Mr Curran did so in a most clever and ingenious way. To administer prussic acid, and leave no trace of the method or manner of its administering, is to my mind the work of a diabolically clever brain."
    "Yes, I agree to that," said Angel, thoughtfully.
    "But," Stone went on, "I have a belief that the smarter the criminal, the easier he is to catch... Your stupid dolt, who kills on an impulse, is often harder to apprehend than the smart Aleck, who takes pains to hide his clues."
    "And leave no feathers around," put in Loft.
    And as Stone looked inquiringly, he related the story of the negro and the stolen chickens.
    Fibsy laughed outright. "That's a good one," he said. "Feathers left around! And F. Stone can take those feathers and construct a whole bird,---just like the Natural History guys do."

Mar 20, 6:40pm Top

>56 lyzard: I love those old mysteries, so I need to get around to Carolyn Wells one of these days.

Edited: Mar 20, 7:27pm Top

Flying Clues - Recuperating after an illness, Pelt accepts an invitation to join George Carter at his rented seaside house in the resort town of Westford. Although Carter poses as a idle young man-about-town, in reality he is a Secret Service man; and Pelt is not surprised to learn that he is on a case---one of drug smuggling, which cost the life of Carter's predecessor. While walking through a dense fog fog to a bachelor dinner which he agrees to attend in Carter's place, Pelt encounters a nervous woman searching for Carter's house, and points her in the right direction. The dinner held by Dr Jackson is an excuse to propose to the town's prominent men the building of a proper cottage hospital---and to ask for money. The doctor's pitch is interrupted by a shocking announcement from his frightened butler---who has found a murdered woman in Jackson's examination room. To Pelt's astonishment, he recognises the woman from the fog... Charles J. Dutton's seventh work about private investigator John Bartley is a reasonably engaging work, at least by the standards of this generally lethargic series; although it cannot be said that the mixing of disparate elements makes a lot of sense. Case in point: if you were up to your eyeballs in drug-smuggling, and you or one of your collaborators had murdered a Secret Service operative, would you really draw attention to yourself by posing as a "Hindu" cult leader and holding fake seances? The latter provides the cover image for Flying Clues, but is only a diversion in a thriller devoted chiefly to discovering how cocaine is being brought into Westford, and to the dangerous situation of George Carter after his cover is blown. This book is ultimately less interesting for its central mystery than for the social portrait it provides, at a time when drugs were only just beginning to be taken seriously by law enforcement agencies already stretched to breaking-point by the demands of Prohibition. (Bartley and Carter are assisted by the Westford police chief, who admits frankly that he and his men rarely interfere with the local booze-runners, unless it's forced upon them: they don't have the resources.) Bartley's investigation uncovers an amusingly original method of drug-smuggling, and also identifies the murdered woman---although how she came to be at Dr Jackson's house remains a puzzle. Tracking the woman to an isolated roadhouse, where she worked as a dancer, the investigators learn enough to suspect that she was attempting to blackmail the leader of the drug-smugglers. Since "Savitr the Hindu" is well-known to the authorities, Bartley argues that even if he is involved with the smuggling, he is an unlikely target for blackmail. Rather, the murderer is one of the prominent townspeople present at the doctor's dinner...

    It was about five feet in height, standing upon a square gilt platform---the typical Buddha with the calm, majestic face breathing out an air of kindness and peace. As we gazed at it, Bartley laughed. "That is the best evidence you need as to Savitr being a fake. I told you that the name he used is that of one of the Brahman gods. No Brahman would have anything to do with Buddha for he led a reform movement against the older faith..."
    The chief murmured some retort as Bartley moved closer to the gilt figure and bent to examine it. I saw his face light up. He reached out and grasped the side of the statue. With a little shove he applied his strength, and the figure moved upon its pedestal. As it moved we saw an opening in the base below---an opening which was filled with small vials whose white contents seemed to glimmer a little in the strong lights...

Mar 20, 7:30pm Top

>57 alcottacre:

Wells is rather an acquired taste; I've acquired it, but I don't excuse it. :)

Her mysteries are extremely variable, many of them weak to poor, but with a few gems standing out.

Mar 20, 7:53pm Top

>58 lyzard: Is that (gasp) a scantily clad redhead on the cover?

Edited: Mar 20, 8:53pm Top

Murder On The Palisades (reissue title: The Wheelchair Corpse) - Three weeks after "Iron Man" Hite, editor of the Herald, receives an anonymous letter announcing that Conrad Manx Jr, son of a prominent New Jersey doctor, will soon die of meningitis---the young man does. Reporter Jimmy Hale talks to a language professor at Columbia about the letter's use of the Hebrew 'alef' in place of a '1' or 'A', and naturally carries his questions about meningitis to Professor Herman Brierly. Upon learning that the dead man was missing a piece of his skull due to a war injury, Brierly concedes that it is theoretically possible that bacteria could have been introduced into his cerebrospinal fluid, and that his death could indeed have been murder. When a second letter is received, predicting the death of another Manx, Jimmy calls upon County Prosecutor Harmon of New Jersey; he, Chief of Detectives Connors and Jimmy visit the isolated Manx house, which sits high upon the Palisades, and shelters a large, blended family. The grieving Dr Manx gives them short shrift, however, and orders them out of his home. The three men have barely closed the study door behind themselves when there is the sound of shattering glass. They rush back into the room, finding Dr Manx dead at his desk with his skull crushed, and a window broken---but there is no sign of a weapon... As was the case with the first book in the Professor Brierly series, The Poison Plague, it is the sheer grotesquery of the plot which provides the entertainment in Will Levinrew's Murder On The Palisades. The central trio of Brierly, his assistant / adopted son, John Matthews and Jimmy Hale aside, Levinrew hardly bothers to develop his characters at all, so there is little emotional resonance in his story: as one Manx after another is struck down in some bizarre way, it is hard to react with anything other than a shrugging, "Well, there goes another one!" (Although if you're anything like me, you might start giggling...) But given that meningitis and impossible-crime skull-crushing are soon joined by murder by gangrene, attempted murder by diabetes and pernicious anaemia, and - in the case of the second Mrs Manx, who is wheelchair-bound - a crude but effective shove off the roof, it cannot be said that Murder On The Palisades fails to hold the interest. In fact, the only thing more utterly outrageous than the mystery itself is the solution to it eventually provided by Professor Brierly. Better give your powers of suspension of disbelief a good workout before attempting this one...

    When they reached the doctor's study, Connors said, "Don't seem to get us anywhere, does it?"
    He looked at the other men with an air of indecision that was very unlike his cocksure self. In his bewilderment, he was driven to vent his sarcasm on the old man.
    "Don't seem to be much good being a scientific detective in this case, does it?"
    "I'm not a detective, sir," retorted the old man coldly. "i am a scientist. I do not form snap judgements nor jump to conclusions. Nor do I make guesses. I must prove whatever conclusions I come to, step by step, in the only way that is worth considering---the scientific way. When I have examined all the available data, I shall know the answer, not sooner."

Edited: Mar 21, 11:21pm Top

Hello, America!---

From Murder On The Palisades:

"Say, you gimme authority and I'll make someone talk. Be-e-lie-ieve me, I'll make 'em talk."

"If I had my way, I'd have the whole bunch down to the county courthouse and I'd sweat the inside of this out of somebody. But you can't do that now. the minute we put someone in the sweat-box and give him the works, some ladida is sure to make a holler about 'rights'... There is so many leagues and soceties about rights and liberties and such that you can't ask a yegg or a stick-up man a simple question without the lawyers of them societies bein' on your neck, and the judges falls for them too. Aw!"

"Smart, ain't ya, huh? Gonna talk about your rights and warrants and the constitution, huh? Well, lissen, feller, in a case like this, in a murder case, I got the constitution right here." He whipped out a pair of handcuffs and an automatic...

Chief of Detectives Connors is one of the good guys, by the way...

Edited: Mar 20, 8:42pm Top

>60 ronincats:

I know! How unprecedented!! :D

(She's not a redhead in the book, of course...)

Edited: Mar 21, 6:37pm Top

The Greene Murder Case - Chester Greene, a club acquaintance of District Attorney John Markham, demands that the official's personal attention be given to the case which has afflicted his family, with one of his sisters shot dead and another wounded in what the police believe to be a burglary gone wrong. Philo Vance, present when Chester is telling his story, accompanies Markham to the Greene house, where the circumstances of the crime cause him immediately to dismiss the theory of an outside job, despite the footsteps in the snow found leading to and from the front door. He cannot get anyone to listen to him, however; not until Chester, too, is shot dead... This third book in the series by "S. S. Van Dine" (Willard Huntington Wright) features both the strengths and the weaknesses of the Philo Vance mysteries; and while The Greene Murder Case is often found upon "best of" lists, I have to say that the longer it went on - and this is quite a lengthy book - the more impatient and frustrated with it I became. We're all supposed to be swept away by Vance's brilliance, but it's hard to be impressed when that "brilliance" relies (as so often in American mysteries) upon the the police being almost moronic, and when his identification of a killer requires nearly everyone else to be eliminated as a suspect by being murdered themselves! I thought it was fairly obvious who the murderer was about halfway through - particularly now that I'm awake to Van Dine's tactic of including a crime that one person "couldn't possibly have committed" - but the story went on and on for so long after that, I began to think I must be mistaken. (I wasn't.) However, despite these exasperations, the sheer ghoulishness of The Greene Murder Case makes for a gripping narrative. As a condition of the bequeathing of his fortune, Tobias Greene made it a condition that his Family's New York house must not only remain untouched for twenty-five years, but that the entire family must occupy it for that period of time---under penalty of losing a share of his fortune should anyone leave. During her lifetime, the family money is in the control of Mrs Greene, who suffers a form of paralysis, and who passes her time enjoying her own martyrdom and making her children miserable. Thrown together inescapably, and living in an atmosphere of mutual mistrust and dislike, are Julia, Chester, Sibella, Rex, and Ada---the latter of whom is adopted, much to the resentment of her siblings. The family's only regular visitor is young Dr Von Dorn, their medical attendant; the only servants, apart from a skittish maid who departs at the first opportunity, are the maid, Hemming, a religious fanatic; the unnaturally calm butler, Sproot; and the stubbornly silent cook, Mrs Mannheim. One of these people, it seems, has decided that they want a much larger share of Tobias Greene's estate---but which?

    "You give me some facts that've got some sense to 'em," challenged Heath, "and I'll put 'em together soon enough."
    "The Sergeant's right," was Markham's comment. "You'll admit that as yet we haven't had any significant facts to work with."
    "Oh, there'll be more."
    Inspector Moran sat up, and his eyes narrowed. "What do you mean by that, Mr Vance? It was obvious that the remark had struck some chord of agreement in him.
    "The thing isn't over yet." Vance spoke with unwonted sombreness. "The picture's unfinished. There's more tragedy to come before the monstrous canvas is rounded out. And the hideous thing about it is that there's no way of stopping it. Nothing now can halt the horror that's at work. It's got to go on."

Mar 21, 6:36pm Top

So was family slaughter a "thing" in late 20s America, or just something people fantasised about a lot??

It was weird reading this and Murder On The Palisades back-to-back, I can tell you...

Mar 21, 7:06pm Top

>64 lyzard: I wasn't alive in the 1920s, and none of my family has ever had enough money to be worth killing, but it certainly seems there are an awful lot of books from that era that casually paint rich Americans as greedy, bloodthirsty bastards, doesn't it?

Mar 21, 7:09pm Top

>64 lyzard: Philo Vance! Now that brings back memories!

Edited: Mar 21, 7:36pm Top

One Wonderful Night: A Romance Of New York - Thread-visitors may recall that last year I got myself into a tizzy over a book - books - titled "No Other Way": author Louis Tracy, writing under his pseudonym 'Gordon Holmes', published an American-set mystery / thriller featuring New York Detectives, Steingall and Clancy---and then rewrote it and published it again as a British-set mystery / thriller featuring Scotland Yard detectives, Winter and Furneaux. Each of these books became the first in a mystery series which subsequently had nothing to do the other. Published in 1912, One Wonderful Night is the second work in the series featuring Steingall and Clancy - the former large, intimidating and bulldog-like, the latter small, emotional and insightful - but the detectives occupy second place in what is a romantic thriller rather than a mystery, one which moves from improbable adventure to improbable adventure at such a breakneck pace, the reader barely has a chance to catch their breath, let alone worry about the myriad absurdities of the plot. The result is a hugely enjoyable bit of nonsense. The focus of One Wonderful Night is John Delancy Curtis, an American-born engineer who has spent the majority of his life in China, and who returns to the place of his birth for a rare holiday---and is immediately plunged into a strange and dangerous series of events, witnessing a murder, dabbling in international espionage, getting married and falling in love - in that order - all in the course of a single night. When an accident gives Curtis the overcoat of the murdered man, he finds in one pocket a marriage license---and decides impulsively that he will break the dreadful news to the man's fiancée, rather than waiting until the police identify him. To his astonishment, the Lady Hermione Grandison is more dismayed by the delay of her wedding than upset by the murder; he learns that she had organised a marriage of convenience to a French music-master, Jean de Courtois, in order to avoid being forced into marriage with a dissolute Hungarian, Count Vassilan, by her father, the Earl of Valletort, who wants the match for financial and political reasons. Smitten by the lovely Hermione, Curtis offers himself as a substitute groom...

    "Then you're married for keeps," Clancy announced, with the grin of a man who has solved a humorous riddle. "By refusing to thwart the lady you throw away your last slender chance of freedom, and you will find her waiting at the gate of the State Penitentiary when you come out. By Jove, you've been pretty rapid, though. No wonder people say the East is waking up. Are there many more like you in China?"
    Curtis was not altogether pleased by this banter, nor did he trouble to conceal his opinion that the New York Detective Bureau was treating a grave crime with scandalous levity.
    "Whether Lady Hermione married me or Jean de Courtois is a rather immaterial side issue," he said, somewhat emphatically. "From what little I can grasp of a curiously involved affair, it seems to me that there are weightier interests than ours at stake. And, if I may venture to differ from you, a lot of things may happen before I see the inside of a prison."
    "After your meteoric career during the past few hours I am inclined to agree with that last remark."

Edited: Mar 21, 7:46pm Top

>66 rosalita:

none of my family has ever had enough money to be worth killing

Mine neither. Sucks, doesn't it??

I guess with the Depression on the horizon you can understand why you'd get portraits of the rich like this, but interestingly it's not just about the money: the recurrent theme is psychosis. We get a lot of what I'm inclined to call 'dime-store psychiatry' in these books, which tend to be rather uncomfortably shot through with contemporary ideas about eugenics and breeding, explaining why the rich are all as mad as hatters. The money is generally secondary.

>67 alcottacre:

Hi, Stasia! I understand why the Vance books are important but I must confess I find them a bit of a struggle---as I do most of the post-Peter-Wimsey, bundle-of-affectation detective stories.

Mar 21, 7:52pm Top

>67 alcottacre: I can understand why. Dorothy Sayers is hard to live up to.

Mar 21, 8:30pm Top

Peter has depth under his affectations; the others only have the affectations. It's a pretty significant difference! :)

Mar 22, 2:01pm Top

>71 lyzard: Peter is perfect and my first literary crush. *swoon*

What ever you do, do not, DO NOT, read the stories by Jill Paton Walsh. The last one The Attenbury Emeralds is set post war and is just as wrong as a very very wrong thing. Peter looks like an out of touch anachronism and it felt like an awfully cruel thing to do.

Mar 22, 4:56pm Top


I wasn't planning to: as a rule I don't read any continuations, the exception being the Hanshews' 'Cleek' series, because Mary and Hazel were involved with the original stories anyway. I appreciate your objection as having read one, but basically my response is a feeling that these people are leeching off someone else's work and ideas.

Mar 22, 5:27pm Top

Finished The Hermit In Van Diemen's Land for TIOLI #2.

Now reading This House Of Grief by Helen Garner.

Edited: Mar 22, 7:16pm Top

Lost Man's Lane - When Ebenezer Gryce of the New York Police Department intimates to Miss Amelia Butterworth that her detective skills might be of assistance to him in a strange new case, she is determined to resist his lures---until she learns not only that the case is unfolding in the isolated village where her recently deceased schoolfriend, Althea Knollys, lived, but that Althea's children are directly concerned in the mystery. Having intended anyway to pay a visit of condolence at some point, Miss Butterworth yields to temptation, sending a telegram ahead of herself and immediately setting out for the Knollys house: one of only three on the lonely country road from which, over the preceding two years, four men have disappeared without trace---and which has acquired the local name of Lost Man's Lane... Like many American mysteries of this period, this 1898 publication by Anna Katharine Green is as much a sensation novel as a conventional whodunnit, with the narrative containing hints of madness as well as murder, and Miss Butterworth's investigation involving her in eerie midnight adventures and many disturbing discoveries. Though secretly Miss Butterworth revels in this second opportunity to exercise her detective skills, she is even more motivated by her concern for her old friend's children, whose circumstances make them unavoidably suspect in the case of the vanishing men. But while perforce they take her in, it is evident that the Knollyses - glowering, bad-tempered William; cool, reserved Loreen; and fragile, emotional Lucetta - do not want her there; and Miss Butterworth has not been long within the walls of their crumbling mansion before its poisonous atmosphere and the strange behaviour of the Knollyses themselves convince her that there is indeed a dangerous secret within its walls---but is it the great secret she has come to investigate? While the main narrative of Lost Man's Lane is gripping on its own, it is very much bolstered by its parallel focus on the evolving relationship between Miss Butterworth and Ebenezer Gryce which, after being thoroughly adversarial during the events of That Affair Next Door - patronising on his part and angrily defiant on hers - has resolved itself into mutual respect and reliance---albeit that Inspector Gryce uses his understanding of Miss Butterworth's character to bait her into action, and that she is still more motivated than she will admit to herself by a desire to beat the professional detective at his own game. Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Lost Man's Lane, however, is that Miss Butterworth finds herself an object of romantic interest to not one, but two men. So often (and rightly) is she described as a forerunner of Miss Marple that it comes as a shock to realise that this "elderly" woman is only in her early forties at worse. It is impossible not to imagine that there was an autobiographical aspect to Green's creation and depiction of Amelia Butterworth (Green turned fifty not long before Amelia's first appearance), and to the fact that the other characters' tendency to dismiss her sneeringly as "the old woman" plays directly into her hands, allowing her to disguise a suspicious nature and an acute intellect behind a pose of fluttering old-maidenhood. Flattered and moved she certainly is by these unexpected masculine attentions, but when Miss Butterworth realises that she has allowed the situation to influence her behaviour and thinking, she is embarrassed and ashamed of herself; and when a fifth man disappears almost under the noses of the two detectives, the real Amelia Butterworth stands up, playing her part in the laying of a dangerous trap...

    It took no small degree of what my father used to call pluck, for me to put foot on this winding staircase and descend almost, as it were, into the midst of what I must regard as the last wicked act of a most cowardly and brutal murder.
    I did it, however, and after a short but grim communion with my own heart, which would persist in beating somewhat noisily, I leaned forward with all the precaution possible and let my gaze traverse the chamber in which I had previously seen such horrors as should have prepared me for this last and greatest one.
    In a moment I understood the whole. A long square hole in the floor, lately sawed, provided an opening through which the plain plank coffin, of which I now caught sight, was to be lowered into the cellar and so into the grave which had doubtless been dug there. The ropes in the hands of the six persons, in whose identity I had made no mistake, was proof enough of their intention; and, satisfied as I now was of the means and mode of the interment which had been such a boundless mystery to me, I shrank a step upward, fearing lest my indignation and the horror I could not but feel...would betray me into some exclamation which might lead to my discovery and a similar fate...

Mar 23, 2:11am Top

Finished This House Of Grief for TIOLI #11.

Now reading (and a blessed relief it is) The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay.

Mar 23, 6:23pm Top

The Linger-Nots And The Valley Feud; or, The Great West Point Chain - Like its predecessor, this second book in Agnes Miller's young adult series mixes adventures for its characters with history for the reader: in this case, the story of the 'Great Chain', which was constructed from West Point during the Revolutionary War, and deployed across the Hudson River in order to prevent the British from sailing upriver. The 'adventure' part of the narrative involves two families involved in the forging of the Great Chain, who later became bitter rivals over a misunderstanding in a land deal, the resulting feud carrying on over generations. The nine members of the 'Linger-Nots' club gather at the summer cottage owned by the Clevelands, which is in the mountains near to West Point. Separately, the girls become friends with Cecily Graham and Keith Perrhyn, the youngest representatives of the two feuding families, and are witness to the unhappiness and discomfort which their conflict brings to the entire district. When Cecily declares passionately to Priscilla Cleveland and Dorothy Stone that if she could find an honourable solution to the situation, she would end the feud in a moment, the Linger-Nots put their heads together. When first learning of the forging of the Great Chain, while visiting the ironworks where this extraordinary project was accomplished, the girls learned also of the beginning of the feud; of the single great iron link torn apart at that time, and the declaration that, "I and mine will speak to you and yours when that link is joined again, and not before." Discovering that both pieces of the broken link still exist, the Linger-Nots make it their business to see that it is joined again...

    Dorothy's face shone with delight, and so did Priscilla's.
    "Girls, we've found the chain, the old chain that went across the Hudson! I thought it was in some historic museum, of course, and here it is right out in this lovely grove. We walked right into it!" cried Dorothy.
    "Look, sixteen links! Isn't it perfectly wonderful, and isn't it arranged perfectly wonderfully?" Priscilla's ecstasies quite impoverished her vocabulary.
    In the midst of the circular walk, supported on low pillars arranged in a circle, the sixteen links of the historic trophy, identified by an inscription, rested on the very scene of their war service. To the nine girls who knew the history of that chain, what determination and skill and courage and speed had gone into every blow of the hammer, what once firm friendship, too, had been forged with the chain, the splendid relic had a deep significance...

Edited: Mar 23, 6:44pm Top

Ruth Fielding Down In Dixie; or, Great Times In The Land Of Cotton - This tenth book in the young adult series by "Alice B. Emerson" is a wholly uncomfortable work, though no doubt an accurate reflection of its time. Ruth Fielding and her best friend, Helen Cameron, travel to Virginia to stay with their schoolfriend, Nettie Parsons, and her aunt; and the resulting narrative is shot through with commentary upon the position of black people in American society, with the attitudes displayed ranging from the patronising to the frankly racist, and the various pronouncements on the subject including (inevitably, it seems) the assertion that black people were really better off as slaves. In the light of all this, it is difficult to focus upon (or care about) the actual story, which in any event is one of the least substantial of the series. The main thread involves the girls' acquaintance, the trouble-prone Henry 'Curly' Smith, who they learn to their horror has run away from home after being accused of involvement in a robbery. Spotting him on their travels south, Ruth and Helen agonise over the correct thing to do, in light of their belief in his innocence. Meanwhile, the girls themselves make an enemy in the form of a neurotic schoolteacher, Miss Miggs, who, due to a misunderstanding, becomes convinced that they stole her railway ticket---and, in an ironic counterpoint to Curly's situation, causes them a great deal of embarrassment by repeating her accusation to anyone who will listen. The two threads come together when, during a dance held at a hotel built on an island in the middle of a river, Ruth and Helen face danger when a violent storm leads to destructive flooding, and the elusive Curly risks his life to come to their rescue...

    “Something’s broken loose!” exclaimed Helen.
    “Let’s see what it means!” exclaimed Ruth, and she darted out of the long window.
    Her chum and Nettie followed her. But when they found themselves splashing through water which had risen over the porch flooring, almost ankle deep, Nettie squealed and ran back. Helen followed Ruth to the upper end of the porch. The oil lamps burning there revealed a sight that both amazed and terrified the girls from the North.
    The river had risen over its banks. It surged about the front of the hotel, but had not surrounded it, for the land at the back was higher.
    In the semi-darkness, however, the girls saw a large object looming above the porch roof, and it again struck against the hotel. It was a light cottage that had been raised from its foundation and swept by the current against the larger building. Again it crashed into the corner of the hotel...

Mar 23, 8:21pm Top

Finished The Magic Pudding for TIOLI #13.

Now reading Arresting Delia by Sydney Fowler.

Edited: Mar 24, 11:27pm Top

I have written a blog post about The Hermit In Van Diemen's Land, a set of satirical essays published in Hobart is 1830 by Henry Savery, who shortly afterwards wrote the first Australian novel, Quintus Servinton:

The Hermit In Van Diemen's Land

Mar 24, 11:38pm Top

...and here are some startled sifakas: :)

Mar 25, 8:31am Top

>81 lyzard: You had me Google an animal again, Liz ;-)

Mar 25, 5:43pm Top

Then clearly I am doing a public service in making them better known! Deserve to be, don't you think?? :)

Mar 25, 6:11pm Top

Finished Arresting Delia for TIOLI #8...

...and also FINISHED A SERIES!!

Now reading Dr Nikola by Guy Newell Boothby.

Mar 25, 8:05pm Top

Kara enjoying the first sunshine we've had in about three weeks. What a miserable March it has been, to be sure. I am *not* looking forward to the end of daylight saving...

(Stands back, and waits for Julia to explode...)

Mar 25, 10:52pm Top

>78 lyzard: It is amazing to me, Liz, how much the world has changed for the better in the course of even half my lifetime. That may sound unusually upbeat in the aftermath of that attack this week in London, but frankly the world is a much less prejudiced place than it was when I was growing up.

Mar 26, 5:41pm Top

This is one of the main reasons that I am so opposed to the censoring of books for racist language. This is a work of popular fiction---essentially a children's book---and it gives a very clear picture of what was considered acceptable. It offers both the reality of its time and a measure of how far we have travelled---even when it sometimes feels we haven't budged an inch.

Mar 26, 5:43pm Top

>87 lyzard: I agree. Very well said, Liz.

Yesterday, 1:38am Top

Thanks, Stasia!

Yesterday, 4:31am Top

Finished Dr Nikola for TIOLI #12.

Now reading N or M? by Agatha Christie.

Yesterday, 7:07am Top

>81 lyzard: Wow, they are just such interesting-looking critters, aren't they?

>85 lyzard: I don't mind if Australia chooses to keep DST, Liz, as long as I don't have to live by it! And Kara is definitely soaking up that sunshine!

Yesterday, 4:39pm Top

Hopefully I'll keep my blog sufficiently up-to-date to share a few more...

I find few things more depressing than the slide into the leave in darkness / get home in darkness part of the year; particularly with the weather changing here, and our winters getting longer, colder and wetter. So Kara and I shall cling to every bit of sunshine that we can, while we can! :)

Today, 3:44am Top

I took a run into the State Library today to make a start on Daylight Murder by Paul McGuire, and came away suspecting that I had been misinformed about it being a series work. A little research reveals some good news and some bad news: first, that it is indeed part of McGuire's series featuring Chief Inspector Cummings (who is being slow to put in an appearance); but second, that evidently Daylight Murder crosses a second series by McGuire featuring an Inspector Fillinger (who has put in an appearance).

So I'm both in and out of order---oh, well!

Today, 3:46am Top

Finished N or M? for TIOLI #1...which also happens to be my #50 for the year! This theoretically puts me on track for a 200-book year, though I suspect I won't keep up the pace.

And as noted, currently reading Daylight Murder by Paul McGuire; while my "travelling book" is Lady Of Quality by Georgette Heyer.

Edited: Today, 7:08am Top

>93 lyzard: Did you know he had the second series but didn't realize this book crossed both? Or was the second series a surprise? You're never going to clear your lists if you keep adding more, you know!

>94 lyzard: Is Lady of Quality the last of the Heyer re-reads? I'll be sad to see it go, since I only hopped on board halfway through. And speaking of such, can you point me toward a list of all the Heyers in chronological order?

Today, 7:35am Top

Alas, the second series was a surprise! Worse still, this seems to be the final book in it.

The upside of this is that because Paul McGuire was Australian, I can access most of his books through our libraries. Just as well, because they are otherwise very rare. A shame, I think; he's worth being rediscovered.

It is! It's going to be weird and rather sad to have this wrapped up, though as I mentioned upthread, I will probably read the straight historicals. This Wikipedia page breaks her books into categories, with some overlap between the dates.

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