Reading Round-up (now fortified with knitting and library news)

I’ve been purchasing! I really can’t afford it, but BARGAINS!

I was looking for all the Tommy and Tuppences. Amazon had the price for one book as £7.99, and I got the whole set of FIVE BOOKS for less than that from the Book People. And it’s not like Christie is sick of being ripped off by Amazon, her chilled hands in finger-less gloves, rummaging down the back of the sofa for money to feed the electricity meter, or it’s another dinner of cold beans out the tin for her. Unlike modern authors forced to live in this age of big business cheapening and exploiting art, she really doesn’t need the cash.


I’m on the second one now, Partners in Crime, which is a selections of short stories charting their time under clover in a private detective agency. The problem with short whodunnits is it’s the lack of the twisting, turning and unfolding that makes a good detective story. This is rather like being shown how a magic trick is done while it’s being done. But, I have hope for the rest of them.

I also bought The ghost – A Cultural History, by Susan Owens, because I follow The Economist on Twitter and they don’t tweet about any old book or film, and their review compelled me to buy it. I don’t particularly believe in ghosts, but I like the idea. People think working with dead people means I have a rich compendium of spooky stories, but I don’t, which is probably why I bought the book. My stories are about the things I have found in the pockets of people that died suddenly. Or, trying get a corpse downstairs when there’s a chest freezer (!?) on the landing, a wardrobe in the hall, and several loose small dogs underfoot.


People also tell me that if I want to see ghosts I need to believe in them more for them to appear to me. And that, frankly, is a bit lazy on the ghost’s part. Appearing to the non-believers would surely be a far bigger achievement, otherwise it’s just frightening the choir.


And my library news is that my county is taking part in a ‘One Card’ scheme, meaning I can borrow from surrounding counties, with a view after the trial to the whole of Scotland having one card. This is not only handy for those that live on borders, but also for people like me who travel to work. I can now use Aberdeen City libraries, and not just Aberdeenshire. This means some EPIC book requesting experiences. Imagine the stock I now have access to!


Finally, the jumper I knitted a while back has turned out to be the warmest thing I own. The ground is frozen, the wind is biting, and so that’s all the excuse I needed to hit up The Wool Warehouse (mentioned by name here as I think they’re the best, with super-fast dispatch and delivery).

The Icelandic sheep are back, and this time, they’re purple.