Looking for a neat and unusual novel to keep your brain stimulated?  Try Nicola Upson’s, aptly titled novel.  The expert in question could be the central character, real-life novelist and playwright Josephine Tey.  Set in the 1930’s, the book follows Tey from Scotland to London for the last week of performances of one of her plays.  All seems well for the reclusive author until events that start in the southbound train set in motion a series of events that involve the novelist in a series of murders too close to home.

The fictional story set against the background of the real-life character, and featuring Tey herself, are better done here than some of the other knock-off’s we’ve seen lately, featuring Conan Doyle or Jane Austen solving cases.  Upson gets the period details just right, keeps things interesting, and peppers her plot with enough twists to keep you guessing.  And with a recommendation from P D James, who could resist? Enjoy!


Auntie M and Doc decided to stay another day in the Catkskills after a quick visit to the local ER yesterday for some antibiotics.  Apparently Hanna only left some cracks in the concrete walk of our dock, which shouldn’t have happened, but it’s something we can take care of when we get home.

In the meantime, I’m heading outside to the lovely fall weather to enjoy an old Laura Lippman I tracked down, In Big Trouble.  I finally learned how to get in and out of the hammock and intend to enjoy it one last dahttps://i2.wp.com/www.cataloocheemountaincabin.com/images/Hammock_Fall2007.jpgy.