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text 2017-08-17 02:44
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 357 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

decided to blaze through the last 6 essays that accompany Chapter 3: The Great Detectives. the only book I've read of the bunch showcased is Murder at the Vicarage, which I remember enjoying...but that's about all I remember. I was very young when I cracked that one open. that would've been one of the earliest Christies I recall getting to; I could read it again, and not worry about recalling who the killer is, I betya! hmmm...

 

other than Vicarage, H. C. Bailey and his creation, Reggie Fortune, are basically unknown to me--but we're talkin' short-stories here, from an author whose style lost favor with readers (though Martin Edwards of course makes it all seem worthwhile again, in a "modern flavour ahead of its time" sort of way). meanwhile, I've read Gladys Mitchell, but not the specific book discussed (I've read The Rising of the Moon, which I remember enjoying, but not loving); I've read Margery Allingham, but not the book highlighted (I've read Police at the Funeral which I loved, More Work for the Undertaker which I enjoyed, and her beloved The Tiger in the Smoke which I liked, but not as much as most people seem to); then there's the Anthony Berkeley book I have not read, but I have read him under his Francis Isles pseudonym when I read the most excellent Before the Fact (filmed as Suspicion with the ending mucked up); and hey, I'm currently reading Send for Paul Temple by Francis Durbridge, the last book scrutinized by Edwards, and one that I just learned started life as a radio serial (I can see that now, in all the shocks and cliffhangers).

 

Chapter 4 coming up, but not just yet.

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text 2017-08-14 23:53
Martin Edwards Haul
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards
The Golden Age of Murder - Martin Edwards
Silent Night: Christmas Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards,Various Authors

I swear, I really only opened my wishlist to order
"The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books" ... (sigh).

 

 

Oh, wait, that would have been last year.  Now it's more like

 

Yey!!

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text 2017-08-14 17:52
The buddy read schedule!
Grey Mask - Patricia Wentworth
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

August 14, 2017:

 

MBD & Themis-Athena put together a quick buddy read of The Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth starting today.

 

August 18, 2017:

 

The buddy read for The Talented Mr. Ripley is scheduled to begin. There is an open thread in the Buddy Reads group, located here, and we are using the tag "ripley read" for our posts!

 

September 8, 2017:

 

The buddy read for The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books is scheduled to begin. I have opened a thread for that one in the Buddy Reads group as well, located here, and we will use the tag "100 classic crimes" for that one!

 

The Flat Book Society is in the process of choosing their next read.

 

If you have other ideas/plans for buddy reads, post in the comments!

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review 2017-08-14 13:23
Contemporary Cables
Contemporary Cables: Classic Aran Reimagined in Current Styles - Jody Long

by Jody Long

 

I love cable knitting and the sweaters that result.

 

This is a collection of patterns for twenty-one different projects, each of them interesting in their own way. As with most knitting books, patterns for women dominate, though two of the three men's patterns are particularly interesting! No children or babies in this one.

 

Measurements and all instructions are very clear, giving both US sizes for needles and metric. The description says medium to advanced knitters, but I didn't see anything too complicated. Cables are actually very easy!

 

The patterns diverge from traditional into some creative combinations and there are at least three of them that I'm looking forward to knitting for myself. Full color pictures of all the finished designs and extensive charts to show texture or crossover patterns.

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text 2017-08-14 08:07
Look what came today....
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

Is it September yet???

 

It's going to be tough keeping my mitts off of this one.  

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