Saturday, May 16, 2009

New Bedtime Reading

I started this Patricia Moyes novel last night; it's delightfully old-fashioned. The young woman protagonist (single, orphaned, independently wealthy) is notified that an elderly eccentric uncle has died and left her one of his properties: a mysterious inn called THE BLUE MOON. The young woman's distant cousin (single, orphaned, independently wealthy) has been left a bequest of property, as well.

The story has a classical British sensibility, and the heroine is plucky but also sensible--an important combination. I'm looking forward to reading more tonight and seeing where Patricia Moyes intends to take me.

I miss Moyes books; I met the late Ms. Moyes in 1994 at a book signing in my town. She was a fine example of the term "ladylike," and she was also quite humorous. She was traveling with Joan Hess and Dorothy Cannell--a humorous mystery power trio. What a fun event that was!

It's a good thing that books are always there for the re-reading.


Picks By Pat said...

You might also like Dorothy Simpson, who wrote the inspector Luke Thanet series in the 80s and 90s. They have a classic British mystery feel to them, and since her protagonist aged, readers got to see his partner and family mature around him. An excellent series.

Julia Buckley said...

I do like her! I haven't read her in a long time, though--thanks for reminding me. I'll seek her out this summer.