15 November 2009

Sunday Salon - 15 November 2009

I'm a bit regretful that this week I didn't write a post about Remembrance Day, 11th November. At work we stopped in the middle of a seminar to hold a minute's silence. I think it is important for us to remember the ending of "the war to end all wars", particularly that it didn't end it all as had been hoped.

The impact of World War One is something that is really well documented in the novels of Agatha Christie when you start to look for it. It is something that is being reinforced for me as I read her novels in order of publication for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.

Another series I have reading this year is that of Charles Todd, a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team lives in the eastern United States, in North Carolina and Delaware, respectively. The pseudonymous mystery authors are best known for a series of novels, set in post World War I England. These books deal with the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. However, he must keep his greatest burden a secret. Suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant cynical, taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod....

Be part of my blog this week
  • Join the Alphabet in Crime Fiction Community Meme. Tomorrow my blog will feature the invitation for the letter G. Today see the contributions for the letter F. Another way to get people to visit your blog, and also to meet some new crime fiction bloggers. In the last week we had 10 contributions so it is becoming a great way to see recommendations for new crime fiction titles and authors. We don't mind if you recycle a review you've already written or just contribute occasionally.
  • Do you read Agatha Christie novels or short stories? You could join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. Some of us are reading her works in order of publication, while others are just reading them as they can get them. One a month seems to be a good target to aim for. Learn what the challenge is about, or simply join it. Every month you can submit your posts and other related sites to the Agatha Christie Blog Carnival. At the end of the coming week the 11th Agatha Christie Blog Carnival will be published.
Last week's posts
Currently reading:
  • now (on Kindle)- THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, Stieg Larsson
  • next- TOO CLOSE TO HOME by Linwood Barclay
  • audio (in the car) - WATER LIKE A STONE, Deborah Crombie
  • on line - THE DOG WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Alexander McCall Smith chapt 42
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