Competent if slightly disorienting start to an unusual idea: a spy novel set in London during the Blitz where the German spies are the heroes.
I'm not sure where this is going but the ever-so-English almost "Mrs Minerva" atmosphere is made oxymoronic when applied to descriptions of "Little England" fifth columnists meeting discuss how to accelerate Hitler's liberation of Europe.
Memorial Day Weekend -- Labor Day 2018
Emmuska Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel (revisited on audio, narrated by Stephen Crossly) ****1/2
Agatha Christie: N or M? (revisited on audio, narrated by Samantha Bond) ***
Ian Fleming: Quantum of Solace (short story only; new / audio, narrated by David Rintoul) *1/2
Kate Westbrook: Guardian Angel (new / audio, narrated by Eleanor Bron) ***1/2
Stella Rimington: Secret Asset (new / audio, narrated by Rosalyn Landor) ****
Francine Mathews: The Cutout (new / audio, narrated by Trini Alvarado) **1/2
Jane Thynne: Black Roses (new / audio, narrated by Julie Teal) ****
John le Carré: The Tailor of Panama (revisited on audio, narrated by the author) ****1/2
Graham Greene: Our Man in Havana (audio, narrated by Jeremy Northam) ****1/2
Agatha Christie: They Came to Baghdad (new / audio, narrated by Emilia Fox) ***1/2
Rosalie Knecht: Who Is Vera Kelly? (new / audio, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers) ***1/2
Len Deighton: Berlin Game (new / audio, narrated by James Lailey) ****
Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios (new / print) ****
Helen MacInnes: Above Suspicion (new / print) ****1/2
Valerie Plame Wilson, Sarah Lovett: Blowback (new / audio, narrated by Negin Farsad) ***
Patricia Wentworth: The Traveller Returns (new / print) ****
Paulo Coelho: The Spy (new / English print version + German audio, narrated by Luise Helm and Sven Görtz) ***1/2
David Downing: Zoo Station (new / print) ****
John Le Carré: George Smiley Cycle
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (revisited on audio, narrated by the author) *****
The Looking Glass War (new / audio, narrated by Michael Jayston) ***1/2
Smiley's People (revisited on audio, narrated by Michael Jayston) *****
Stella Rimington: Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5 (new / print edition) ****
Peter Finn & Petra Couvée: The Zhivago Affair (new / audio, narrated by Simon Vance) **1/2
Alan Furst: Night Soldiers
So I took an early lunch, because three of the stooges from my coffee time debacle had chosen to have a long, loud training session at the work station just behind mine. And what happens? Madame Speech Impediment shows up and sits close to me. She is then joined by Ms. Slyly Malicious and Miss Self-Righteous Gossipy-Pants. And they proceed to have a loud conversation. Never-ending.
I cannot get out of here fast enough! 2.5 hours until I can escape. I usually don't take an afternoon coffee break, but you can bet I will today and I'm going to go out & sit in my car.
Signed, Ms. Cranky-Pants.
Trying to get started on this spy novel over my coffee break this morning. Unfortunately, in our new building the coffee room doubles as a meeting room. So, I'm at one end, attempting to read. At the other end is a meeting of four people--two of them speak English as a second language, one has a speech impediment, and the fourth is (let me be blunt) dumb as a sack of hammers. They are discussing a rather complex fix that needs to be done in our new computer system and trying to make themselves understood to each other.
I cut coffee short and I am so glad that I'm going to start vacation at 3:30 pm this afternoon! I apparently really need the break. I'm cranky.