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May 18, 2011


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I love Michael Innes though he can get terribly wordy at times. I'd recommend The Journeying Boy -- I read it many years ago and it always stuck in my mind, so I gave it another go fairly recently and loved it all over again. And in answer to your second question -- try Francis Iles -- Malice Aforethought and Before the Fact -- cracking novels, both.

I was just going to suggest Francis Iles, but I see Harriet has beaten me to it. Jenny and I read Before the Fact last year, and it is fantastic.

I've read all the books you listed. Loved THE MOVING TOYSHOP (I think you know if you read by review) rather more than you did. I really did enjoy the preposterousness of it.

I'm very fond on Michael Innes and recently did a sort of binge by reading all the Innes books I could get my hands on. My favorites are THE SECRET VANGUARD (which was the first Innes book I ever read) APPLEBY'S END and THE CRABTREE AFFAIR.

Yes, he can be wordy - same as Crispin (whose books, unfortunately are very hard to find), but I love 'em. There's just something about them that spark my imagination.

I enjoyed THE GENTLE AXE when I read it a while back. I've been meaning to read the next in the series but just haven't gotten around to it. This is not the sort of book you can just breeze through and maybe I've been in a 'breezing' frame of mind lately. :)

I'm so glad that you have discovered the Porfiry Petrovich books! I have been singing their praises for a couple of years now and have been hoping to see them around the blog world a bit more. I've just started The Cleansing Flames and it already is quite fascinating! I'll be doing a giveaway once I finish the book, hoping that others will enjoy the series as much as I have.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, J. I can't respond over there, so I'm responding over here.

I'm going to have to look up a couple of the books-to-films you listed as I am unfamiliar with them.

As for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, I'd say you might want to read the story when you get a chance. It won't take much more than an hour or so. But boy is it a powerhouse. Grimmer than the film, if you can believe it. But so well done. So much emotion and devastation packed into so few words. Brilliant.

Thank you all for your comments. I'm goign to get myself some Francis Iles, probably, Before the Fact, and I will try one of the Innes books that you suggest Yvette.

Thanks too for the comment re your own blog Yvette. I hope you get comments fiixed soon!

I tried to get a copy of Before the Fact last year after Teresa reviewed it, but it's OP and hard to find! Malice Aforethought wasn't so hard to get hold of though - reminds me I must read it. I loved the old TV adapation with Hywel Bennett.

Must read an R N Morris too

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