The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

The Samurai - Shusaku Endo
The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

I’ve been trying to get into novel for a few weeks now. But bedtime reading has proved elusive due to a mixture of late nights and fuzzy eyesight, and with the next couple of weeks being On Holiday, I’ve decided to set it to one side for now.

It will stay on the bookshelves though. When I am in the right mood, I’ll pick it up again.

Publisher page: The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

Deadly Election – Lindsey Davis

Deadly Election - Lindsey Davis
Deadly Election – Lindsey Davis

Flavia Albia returns to Rome, still recovering from malaria. And then a body is discovered in a strong box being sold by the Germinius-Falco Family Auctioneers.

And thus, as we become familiar with Family Feuds and Aedile Elections, Flavia becomes more familiar with Faustus….

Author page: Deadly Election – Lindsey Davis

The Peacock Spring – Rumer Godden

The Peacock Spring - Rumer Godden
The Peacock Spring – Rumer Godden

I bought this from Abebooks after seeing it on a list of recommended books about other places *.

I didn’t realise it was a Puffin Plus, aimed at what we’d now call “Young Adult” reader.

Too young, sadly. And too Colonial. I gave up at the point Una and Ravi meet.

Publisher page: The Peacock Spring – Rumer Godden

* Turns out it was The Guardian’s article on The book that inspired me to travel: readers’ tips. I should have realised that the Sarah Wheeler who recommended it is not the Sara Wheeler whose travel writing I enjoy immensely.

Enemies at Home – Lindsey Davis

Enemies at Home - Lindsey Davis
Enemies at Home – Lindsey Davis

The second on the Flavia Albia series looks at the life of the household slave in Domitian’s Rome, when newlyweds Valerius Aviola and Mucia Lucilia are discovered dead – strangled in their bed – with the family slaves having taken refuge in the Temple of Ceres.

Albia’s uncles, Quintus and Aulus, and their families put in an appearance and I’m pretty sure we’re destined for a replay of the “Will they? Won’t they?” plot line of the early Falco novels. No Complaints There!

I also like the, to me, Brummie words that materialise every now and again – mithered and scrage resonated in this read.

Author page: Enemies at Home – Lindsey Davis

The Ides of April – Lindsey Davis

The Ides of April - Lindsey Davis
The Ides of April – Lindsey Davis

Back to my normal speedy reading standard with the start of what looks to be a smashing  new (to me) series from Lindsey Davis.

More Roman Crime Fiction, but this time featuring Falco’s adopted Briton daughter, Flavia Albia. She’s as hardnosed and sassy as her dear old dad, and as self aware as her Patrician mama.

BRILLIANT!

Very pleased I’ve got the next two in the series ready and waiting on my bookshelves… Thank you, AbeBooks.

Can’t wait to meet some of the old crowd again 🙂

Author page: The Ides of April – Lindsey Davis