It’s been much hotter here than is usual for early October, hitting 86 today. We’re ready for real Fall. While in recovery mode from the 2,850 page fantasy quartet I read, I wanted something lighter. The first two I read were new arrivals just a week or two ago.
I finished The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks as by Lee Falk but written by Basil Copper. It was just okay, not great, but is the lead-in to the rest of the series, telling the origin story of the Phantom through the twenty-first one. I’ll read the next book in the series, The Slave Market of Mucar (1972) one of these days. I also finished the graphic novel Astro City – Through Open Doors by Kurt Busiek which I enjoyed, as I do all of the Astro City books. I wouldn’t mind seeing novelizations of this series.
I just finished Murder in the Maze by Golden Age author J.J. Connington (the pseudonym of the distinguished Scottish chemistry professor Alfred Walter Stewart), a classic country house mystery originally published in 1927. I had a yen for a classic British mystery and this fit the bill. I became aware of this while reading the fine The Passing Tramp blog. The novel is Connington’s third mystery, but the first with Sir Clinton Driffield as detective. The book was highly praised at the time and considered in following years as one of the best country house mysteries of the 1920s. Coachwhip Publications has published three of the Driffield novels (so far?).
Next up? Not sure. I have a Jeffery Siger novel coming from the library and just got another English mystery, this one by Leo Bruce. Choices, choices.
Barbara read Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child and Bill Pronzini’s Bones. She’s just started Final Notice by Jonathan Valin. She’s read nearly twice as many books so far this year as last, but says she’s not getting as much quilt work in.