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Daisy Dalrymple is always a good choice. And they are not very long, just cheerful. LOL


Yes, that's just why I like her. I know she is a dependably good comfort read--not too demanding yet entertaining, which is just what I need at the moment!


Two of my favorites: Maisie Dobbs and Daisy Dalrymple! Life is so cozy with them.


You have some very good TV coming up - I can heartily recommend all that you mention.
I think that The Musketeers drives a carriage and six through the original story but it is an enjoyable romp and Aramis and D'Artagnan are very easy on the eye! Hugo Speer isn't bad as their commander either with the added benefit that I sometimes see him on the train to Leeds and can confirm that he is an incorrigible flirt!
I really enjoyed The Crimson Field and thought it was well done but it hasn't been recommissioned for another series which is a shame but then the BBC do make some very odd choices in what they decide to keep and what they don't!
Wolf Hall is brilliantly done and I don't think it would hurt to read the book afterwards - at least I hope not as I haven't got all the way through it yet!
As for Poldark - you are in for a treat! I loved the books which I read (mostly) in the late 70's but didn't really like the original TV series at all so only watched one or two episodes. The new one is brilliant though and I think Ross Poldark will do for lovely Aidan Turner what Mr Darcy did for Colin Firth - the ratings are already high and getting higher so I am guessing it will bring in a lot of money for the BBC with sales around the world!
All I can say is - enjoy!


I was going to get the new Maisie but I don't think I read the last one! At least I don't remember it at all.... so going to regroup before grabbing a copy. :)


A most excellent pile of reading indeed! Dumas or Wharton? Adventure or claustrophobia? Both have their appeals :) Love the cover of Rattle His Bones!


Thanks for the TV heads up ...lovely additions to our to watch list.

Winston Graham is great..well worth the read :0)


We didn't wait for Wolf Hall to appear on Dutch television and watched it on BBC. I thought it very very good. An absolutely amazing, very impressive Thomas Cromwell by Mark Rylance. So much justice done to how living circumstances were at that time. I recommend watching very much.
And ah the Winspear. Such a pity my library gave up on the series.


The new Winspear is waiting for me on the 'hold' shelf at our local library; I love this series!

vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

I haven't read a Daisy Dalrymple for years - such fun! I'll have to try to remember where I was up to. Or perhaps that's a good excuse to begin again at the beginning?


I've got one of Carola Dunn's novels and think I'll enjoy it.
I need to return to Masie Dobbs as well. She's a great character.

Denise Rogers

With respect to your question about reading classics, why not combine genre and classic in Edith Wharton's ghost stories, if you have not yet read them. They are subtle and give a thrill/chill.


Aren't they both wonderful? So nice to have these predictably good reads to turn to!


The Musketeers is great fun and I hope I can squeeze in a few more episodes this weekend, though I have a lot to do as I have some house repair projects going on....ugh, but they must be done. Glad to hear you enjoyed Crimson Field but how annoying to know they did not renew it. It's always the shows I enjoy the most that this seems to happen to. Can't wait for Poldark and I plan on reading the first two books in anticipation. Will there be a second season of it in the UK? Oh, and I love the Hugo Speer story--I had to look him up and I would happily flirt with him! :) On a slightly related note--I went to see the movie '71 this afteroon--very good but intense. It is about the British soldier that was left in the rioting areas of Belfast when his fellow soldiers withdrew. Talk about messy and an impossible situation--there was no one at all you could trust. I also read a really good New Yorker article on Gerry Adams and the death of a Catholic woman who was accused of collaborating--such a bleak and bloody period!


The Maisie Dobbs mysteries are one of the few series that I have managed to keep up with. I am enjoying the new book, but the series has taken such a different turn! I also just recently bought her most recent non-Maisie novel as it just came out in paper which I am looking forward to finally reading.


Ha--isn't that the truth when it comes to the stories--Dumas is great and I could use some adventure but his books are so very chunky (not that that is a bad thing when it comes to Dumas). And it has been too long since I have read Edith Wharton. The Daisy Dalrymple cever is sort of cheesy, but very fun, too. Which is pretty much what Daisy is--such a likable character always falling over bodies!


I am not one to watch much TV but I must say there are some great things coming for Sunday nights (or for streaming after the fact). I am looking forward to reading the Poldark books, too!


Do you get the BBC in English where you live? I wouldn't be able to wait either. I would love to have BBC America, but I don't have any of the 'pay' cable channels--I would get BBC America, but I think it is bundled into a package (cable companies are big on bundling). I have seen previews and it looks very good indeed! Too bad you can't get the Maisie books where you live? Had you read very many of them? And now left hanging!


Me, too! I am reading just a bit each day as I need to finish reading for my class next week (though the reading is easy as we are on a mystery/crime segment for class). But I can't quite put Maisie aside for a whole week! I hope you have since got the book and are happily reading, too.


It had been far too long for me as well. I had to go back and look up the last book I read. Now I feel like just keeping on with the series and at least reading a few more. Every time I spot a new book out I know it is time to pull out one of my own and get reading. I could happily reread these books, too! But I am greedy and want to press on....


I love Maisie and Daisy (ha, didn't realize they rhymed until just now as I was typing), but they are both so very different. Both are cozy mysteries, though the Daisy Dalrymple books are far more light hearted. Maisie's life has taken quite a turn since those earlier books. They (especially Daisy) are the perfect books to turn to when you need something good but undemanding and pleasant to read.


That's a good idea and Wharton is very good when it comes to ghost stories--hers are very literary--I have read only a couple, but I do have a book of her ghost stories. Will have to dig out my copy. I love ghost stories, by the way!


To answer the BBC question, we have BBC 1 and 2 in our cable package and often watch series when they are aired there instead of waiting. They are broadcasted in English and we use subtitling - also in English- because the United Kingdom has a variety of wonderful dialects albeit not always easy to understand for a non- english person. I read the two first in the series by Winspear. Would have loved to read more but on the other hand don't want to buy my own copies.


I have resisted temptation and haven't gotten this yet but when I saw it at B&N I thought of you! I can't wait to read it and I'm so curious what's in store for Maisie! Oh and it's been forever since I picked up a Carola Dunn book. I'm not far at all in that series but I should look for another - those are fun. Anyway, look forward to your final verdict on the Maisie Dobbs book!

Liz F

I have seen very good reviews of that film but I'm not sure that I am likely to go and see it. I'm afraid that I remember the period all too well and it was horrible particularly as my granddad and aunt were living in Portadown at the time and I was used to going and spending part of the summer holidays with them. Once the Troubles started in earnest I was no longer allowed to go there because he didn't think it was safe which was sad.
The situation has come a long way in the last ten years with people working together to make a better place but a lot of appalling things happened and innocent people died for no better reason than they were in the wrong place at the wrong time or went to the wrong church and the scars run deep. There are a lot of current politicians with pretty murky pasts and stories which are only just coming out so that New Yorker story is unlikely to be the last of its type.
Hope you got your household work done but still had a bit of reading time.

Margaret Powling

Ooh, great, another Maisie Dobbs ... I think I pre-ordered that (silly expression, but it's what Amazon uses, isn't it. Why does 'order' which means something to have in the future, need 'pre' in front of it? Daft if you ask me!) so must check and if I didn't, then I will, har, har!
Margaret P


The film was so good, but very intense. I was planning on going as soon as I saw the trailer, but then when I had actually made the plan to go the day it was opening I gave it a second thought knowing it was likely to be somewhat bleak, and there were parts that were so shocking. I feel sorry for the people who lived there and were not siding with anyone--talk about a field filled with landmines--who do you trust and believe?! I can imagine lots of politicians must have Very spotty histories! Thankfully it seems quite calm there these days.


That's cool you have access to the BBC. I wish I could get it--we have BBC America here, but you have to pay extra to get access to the channel and I am trying to be frugal, so I shall stick with PBS and the shows they air here--all after the fact, but that's okay--something to look forward to. Too bad your library dropped the Maisie books--I would think she would be popular with readers there. Maybe you will come across them sometime when you least expect it! Of course there are still plenty of other really good books to choose from, right?


I was in line for it at the library but then broke down. I own most of her books anyway, so.... Why not! Things are quite different for Maisie now! I love the Dunn books, too. So light and a little fluffy even, but pure entertainment!


It is a silly expression, but it seems to have caught on! I am very much enjoying this newest, though, it begins on a sad note. Did you see that Sophia Tobin's book is on the list for one of the CWA's dagger awards? (The Historical Dagger).

Margaret Powling

No, I'd not seen that about Sophia Tobin's latest book. Actually, I enjoyed it but not quite as much as The Silversmith's Wife; it was a slow-burner and well written but some element was missing, and I can't put my finger on what it was. But well written and enjoyable.


I like the sound of her new book--love the seaside setting, but I am going to try and wait for the smaller paperback to come out--maybe if it gets longlisted for the prize I will break down. It has not been published here yet so I don't expect to find a library copy. I still have the first book as yet unread! Sounds like I should start with it in any case. Anyway, it is cool she is in the pool of books for an award!

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