Reading notes, week 19

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May 14: The Manor House School by Angela Brazil, who turns out to be real, not invented by Diana Wynne Jones for the Chrestomanci books! Somewhat harder to get invested in the characters as it is in the Enid Blyton boarding-school books, but there was a nice mystery, which twelve-year-old me would have been delighted to read and even 63-year-old me enjoyed.

May 13: A Corned Beef Tin’s Got Corned Beef In by El Staplador. Narnia fix-it fanfic, fixing specifically (part of) the Problem of Susan.

Inspector French’s Greatest Case by Freeman Wills Crofts. Now I’m reading them in order. The title is strange because it’s the very first Inspector French book, and the story is strange as well, with the inspector traipsing all through Europe on an investigation that’s barely more than “did this person change two ten-pound notes in your hotel?”, a journey that would be a complete holiday for us with all the trains and hotels and restaurants! Paris! Chamonix! Barcelona! Doesn’t Scotland Yard have a very tight budget? (Well, Charles Parker went to Paris on an investigation, too.) The thing that most brings it home that this was written about a hundred years ago is that people know the serial numbers of bank notes.

May 11: Inspector French and the Cheyne Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts. I should perhaps read these in order but I’ve been recommended this one especially. It doesn’t disappoint, though there seem to be more unlikely occurrences than average. Ends well (except for the villains) too.

May 10: Minoes by Annie M.G. Schmidt. Because we saw the movie. Which is okayish (suffers from jerkass male protagonist and from Dutch Actor Syndrome) but the book is much better. (Strangely, the Goodreads listing is in Bahasa Indonesia, but most of the comments are in English)

Banned from Argo by Leslie Fish. Star Trek fanfic, novelization of her own filksong.

May 9: Weekend at Wilvercombe by Delancey654. Because more Dowager Duchess is a good thing.

Index of reading notes is here.

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