Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

“But what about the victim, Oldfield? Who is Tither? What is she?” “I was coming to that. She’s an old maid who lives in Hilary Magna and about the biggest paul-pry in the county. Nothing goes on that she doesn’t know about, or rather didn’t.” Death of a Busybody is my first read from the British Library […]... Read More
Orkney by Amy Sackville

Orkney by Amy Sackville

Orkney tells the haunting tale of an aging literature professor named Richard who, after a year of ‘unspoken courtship’, marries his former student, an unnamed silver-haired, waif-like young woman almost 40 years his junior. At the bride’s behest, the newlyweds journey north to spend their honeymoon on a windswept island in the Orkney archipelago. Against […]... Read More
High Rising_Angela Thirkell

High Rising by Angela Thirkell

This isn’t my first rodeo with Angela Thirkell. Early last year, I read Pomfret Towers and thought it was a very floofy but satisfying book, the kind you settle down with when you want nothing more than to be shut-in at home, curled up on the farthest end of the couch and drinking copious amounts […]... Read More

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is my second go at Yoko Ogawa, having been first introduced to her work through her unforgettable The Diving Pool: Three Novellas.  By comparison, The Housekeeper and the Professor is a far cry from the quiet uneasiness and foreboding that helped cement The Diving Pool’s place on my mind’s list […]... Read More