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Elaine
Colchester, UK
Interests: opera, listening to music, blogging., reading, writing, going to the proms in the summer
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Just dropping in to say hello and thanks for all the kind messages. Kathryn arrived safely and we are having a lovely time with parties banquets and balls. I am on my Freeman Wills Croft binge in between all the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at Random Jottings
Such a joy having my daughter around
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that is good to know!
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we are having such a good time but the days are flying by
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I will be back!
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Yes the BritLib reprints are lovely but some of them sank into obscurity for a very good reason! Others I have enjoyed are the Freeman Wills Croft as mentioned in mh post and I also enjoyed Miles Burton and Alan Melville. Some of the collections of short stories are fun too. I cannot get on with John Dickson Carr though others rave about him and the Sargent Cluff reprints left me cold. But it is wonderful to try them all and see what you can discover. Tess Gerritsen - the Rizzoli and Isles are good and I have now read them all. Before she started these she wrote pot boilers, crime with a bit of romance in which are fun but not particular;y good. My opinion only of course!!
She also wrote under the name Carol Carnac but I find those less interesting. As with all series some are better than others
Hi Jacqui - I found Wimbledon rather disappointing this year and could summon up very little interest in it which, as you know, is unsual for me. I also disagreed with the boycott of Russian players but decided not to bring this up as it is proving a contentious issue. I am hoping that next year might be better
Hello everyone I just thought I would let you know that Random Jottings might be a bit spasmodic this summer. I try to write regularly but sometimes life gets in the way and I do feel guilty when I let... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2022 at Random Jottings
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A few years ago I discovered Freeman Wills Croft mainly through the auspices of the Classic Crime series published by the British LIbrary. I read a huge amount of them and found them totally engrossing. One of the first titles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2022 at Random Jottings
You might have noticed no Wimbledon rant this year. Quite frankly I found this year so dispiriting that Ic ould not be bothered. The ban on Russian players which I totally disagreed with, the appalling behaviour of Kyrgios, Nadal totally selfish in not withdrawing and wrecking the draw, the total inability of the umpires to deal with bad behaviour. I did not even bother wathcing the finals. Matches earlier in the week were much better. And very glad that Emma got knocked out early on, which anybody who knows tennis could see was going to happen, so we were spared the rantings of the commentators. SO a mini rant but glad to see the back of it this year
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A good week with three books published by three favourite authors. The first was Crook O'Lune by E C R Lorac, one of the writers rediscovered and republished by the British Library Crime Classics. Not all of them, interesting thought... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at Random Jottings
Yes, thety are satisfying and I do enjoy them. I cannot say that I remember the events of each one but a comfort read indeed.
Quite a few of the titles are available cheaply on Kindle if you have one. I also keep an eye out in second hand bookshops. She has also written other mysteries which I shall start to explore. There are quite a few of them I am pleased to say
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A quick glance down the left hand column of Random will illustrate most clearly that I have been reading the Miss Silver books of Patricia Wentworth. I discovered these several years ago at a book sale when I found a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at Random Jottings
No I have not come across it. I will have to seek it out; I am very fond of Charles always have done. Yes he has behaved badly and mistakenly but blimey don't we all!!
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Gasquet has a one handed backhand and also Wawrinka but cannot think of any more. I have posted about Queens and now the Wimbledon hysteria begins and already Radacanu is all over the place. Bigging her up to win which is just plain daft. She may surprise us all, who knows, but this media attention is dreadful and Sue Barker and Tracy Austin's hysteria meter will be off the scale I won't be watching Serena
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I have yet to try the new Weaver series as they are a bit pricey for the Kindle. I love the covers they are so evocative. the Bruno books are now just plain boring. I skipped great chunks of it. Why is it authors feel they shuold have to lecture us? Peter Robinson wrote the DCI Banks books which I used to enjoy but the last one or perhaps it was the one before had three pages of anti brexit stuff at the beginning so I binned it. Val McDermid whose books I really like keeps going on bout scottish independence. You know what authors? I DON'T CARE what your politics are. I want to read a good book not listen to you wittering on I hae posted re Queens since you left this comment. I fear with Sue going we are going to be lumbered with La Balding. She ticks all the right diversity boxes.
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At this time of the year the grass court season starts in the UK and it is a sign for the die hard tennis fans to come out of hibernation (I am one such) and also the Hooray it is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2022 at Random Jottings
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Well the Jubilee weekend is now over and it was all huge fun and also rather wonderful. Highlight for me was the video of the Queen having tea with Paddington Bear which ranks alongside her James Bond skit at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Random Jottings
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I have spent the morning watching the Trooping of the Colour which marks the start of the Jubilee Celebrations this weekend. It is always a wonderful spectacle and this year, for which thank heaven fasting, the BBC gave us a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at Random Jottings
I have read several of Mrs Gaskell’s books and admire them greatly. North and South one of my favourites
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I am glad we agree on this Diana!
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Boring and tedious sums it up well. I have also read War and Peace but boy it took some doing!
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Jane, George and Charles are three of my favourite Victorian authors to which I would add Trollope. Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë is one of my favourites too
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