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Currently Reading - The Gilded Seal, James Twining

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We're in the middle of the early Autumn heatwave from hell.  So I could be doing all sorts of jobs around the place.  But I'm not.  I'm reading instead.

Dodging some historical information as a lead in and a prologue to take this opening paragraph from Chapter One.

"Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland
18th April - 11.58am

As the car drew up, a shaft of light appeared through a break in the brooding sky.  The castle's sandstone walls glowed under its gentle touch, an unexpected shock of pink against the ancient greens of the surrounding hills and woodlands."

Currently Reading - The Affair of the Mutilated Mink, James Anderson

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By the author of The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy (which you really want to get just for the title!) The Affair of the Mutilated Mink.

Now for those that think I've finally gone barking mad as this doesn't sound like my normal fare, this is a fabulous, tongue in cheek yoicks tally ho and away style which is frightfully funny (donchaknow) - well it is to me at least.  And they are very entertaining books into the bargain.  Of course it's all just ever so slightly over the top (and I have to say, one of the nicest  dust jacket designs I've seen in a while.)

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Currently Reading - Web of Evil, J A Jance

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I'm about 200 pages into this so I'm running late as usual:

"When the man opened his eyes, it was so dark that at first he thought they were still closed.  So he tried again, but nothing changed.  It was dark - a hot black stifling darkness that seemd to suck the breath out of him.  He sensed movement, heard the whine of tires [sic] on pavement, but he had no idea where he was or how he'd gotten there."

Penguin Most Wanted: And Hope to Die, J M Calder

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Interesting to see that Penguin's latest newsletter has come out with a mention for And Hope to Die by J M Calder which was reviewed here a while ago now.

For more from Penguin wander off to Penguin Most Wanted

While you're on the Penguin site - check out the rest of the upcoming / new titles including:

Currently Reading - Last Rituals, Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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Wellllll technically I'm a bit behind with the "paperwork" so I'm already about a third of the way through this, and it's really very good.  Very sad to note that the translation was done by Bernard Scudder - what a great service that man has provided to readers of Icelandic crime fiction. He'll be greatly missed.

Nice to See - Use of Technology by a New Australian Author

Okay, well I'm a bit biased, spending a large part of my life surrounded by Open Source Software, newish technology and new ways of delivering services, but you have no idea what a nice feeling it was to see a note from Eoin Hennigan in my email box this morning (Thunderbird email client incidentally).  Following that email to his site what gave me a real sense of pleasure was to see that you can get Eoin's book as a free download OR you can order a copy via Lulu.