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‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]

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Holiday reading

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 in emergency reading, holiday reading | No Comments

I’m always anxious when I go on holiday that I might run out of things to read – or take the wrong books. Two occasions spring to mind. One was a trip to Italy when I fell ill in Urbino and had only the Nonesuch Byron to read. Nothing wrong with it as such – far from it – but a good thriller would have been more like it. The other time was at an airport in Greece when our flight was delayed and I discovered that Amanda Cross was not my favourite crime writer. I’ve been careful since then to make sure that I keep something very absorbing in reserve for emergencies. Careful planning is essential when you’re flying, but when you’re driving to France as we did this year, it’s possible to pack a bag full of books, and I did.

I took and read:
Sue Grafton, M FOR MALICE – excellent, one of her best
Andrea Camilleri, AUGUST HEAT – as usual, a treat
Raymond Chandler, THE LONG GOODBYE
Patricia Highsmith, THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY
(these last two is preparation for a paper that I was planning for the St Hilda’s crime fiction conference, the Chandler repaid rereading, the Highsmith didn’t)
Brad Gooch, FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR
Hakan Nesser, THE MIND’S EYE – a fine addition to Swedish crime fiction
Colin Cotterill, ANARCHY AND OLD DOGS – to be honest I might have read this before I went away, but it’s so good I’m going to mention it anyway.

I took and didn’t read:
Jane Austen, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Richard Cobb, PARIS AND ELSEWHERE
Jeffrey Deaver, A GARDEN OF BEASTS
Elliott Patterson, THE SKULL MANTRA
Alan Furst, THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
Francis Spufford, I MAY BE SOME TIME: ICE AND THE ENGLISH IMAGINATION