I didn’t read many books through the bulk of the Summer months and as usual I have been slow to write up about what I did read. Here is a quick catch up. I seem to be favouring Gothic Mysteries and Thrillers at the moment.
The Diabolical Bones ~ Bella Ellis ( 2020). This is the second of two mysteries that puts the Bronte siblings at the forefront of their own fledgling detective agency. The chill cloak of Winter has covered Haworth and the surrounding moorland, when a bleak discovery is unearthed at the remote farmhouse of Top Withens , a child’s bones in the chimney space of a seemingly haunted room. The literary family are brought to life so well in this shadowy gothic tale that combines science, the supernatural and a twistedly devilish villain. More please. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wakenhyrst ~ Michelle Paver ( 2019). Edward Stearne rules his home ( the isolated Manor house of Wakes End) and family with an iron rod. He’s also a religious fanatic slowly descending into madness. Maud his scholarly daughter spends time in the surrounding forbidden fens to escape the chlostrophobic household , her only friends being a wild magpie and a wild fen dweller. An atmospheric tale set in the Edwardian era. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Picture Of Dorian Gray ~ Oscar Wilde ( 1890 ). I had watched film versions of Oscar Wilde’s only novel and seen the handsome narcissistic character of Dorian Gray appear in the TV series Penny Dreadful, yet It has taken me until now to actually get round to reading about Dorian’s pact with the devil , his longing for eternal youth. Whilst our protagonist appears forever young and beautiful, the true Dorian is the one in his portrait, hidden from public view. With every selfish thought, every wicked deed ,the picture of Dorian Gray becomes all the more grotesque and hideous. As time goes on Dorian’s pursuit of pleasure leaves destroyed lives and reputations in tatters. Would you sacrifice your soul for eternal youth? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Mapping Of Love & Death ~ Jacqueline Winspear ( 2010 ). Maisie Dobbs is a detective, perhaps an unusual occupation for a female in the interwar years. Her latest case ( this is the 7th book in the series, there are more that follow) finds her commissioned to solve the suspicious death of a wartime cartographer. His affair with an English nurse takes Maisie back to her own doomed wartime romance. A slow paced but readable mystery. ⭐⭐⭐
And that is about all I read through May to July. Thanks for reading!