As are The Fethering Mysteries, a series by Simon Brett, creator of After Henry television and radio series. I've read and enjoyed his Charles Parris and Mrs Pargeter murder stories but have only recently discovered this newer series set in a West Sussex seaside town and featuring two amateur sleuths. A very light read and not the sort of thing to give you nightmares.
Unlike The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I came late to this book; for some reason I thought it was some sort of philosophy book. (Yes, I know: I don't know where that idea came from either.) It's a thriller and it's translated from the original Swedish and is exceptionally well-written. There are some very gruesome bits in it - which make me disinclined to see the film - but it is an excellent story with wonderful characters. I've just borrowed the second book in the series: it's great when you find a new author - or series - that you enjoy and can read lots more of his/her work. It was the same when I first read Barbara Pym many years ago. Not so good to find out that she was, like the author of The Girl books, dead and that once I'd got through all her books in the library, there wouldn't be any more to which to look forward.
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I went with Daughter for her appointment with the midwife last week. She's 15 weeks and we were able to listen to Baby's heartbeat. Thumpity thumpity thumpity thump. Very rapid and clear.
How can anyone pretend or claim that it isn't a baby at that stage when evidence of its very real and individual life is so obvious?
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Wales had a good win over Argentina yesterday. Not the most thrilling of rugby games but, as everyone kept saying, it's winning that is important for confidence-building before next month's world cup. And there were some hopeful-looking prospects.
I don't expect Wales to win the world cup but I hope they put on a more credible performance than they have done on occasion in the past.
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*Don't pick a fight with a poet is the title of a song on the new CD by Madeline Peyroux.