FF: No Pattern At All

Inspired Hats for Dandy and Coco

Other than renewing my acquaintance with various classic British mysteries, there’s really no pattern to my reading right now.  Part of this is that I’m immersing myself in the Star Kingdom setting again.

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

A Guinea Pig ABC  by Kate Duke.  Sharyn November posted a page a day from this, and after we decided needed our own copy.

Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  I love the folklore aspect of this one.

Artists in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  Quirk in that Alleyne’s name is pronounced incorrectly throughout.  It’s just “Allen.”

In Progress:

David Bowie: The Oral History compiled by Dylan Jones.  Moving into the Berlin albums.

DreamForge, issue five.  About halfway.

Tied Up In Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  Fans of the series will see I’m reading these as I can find them, not in order!


Magazines.  Only AARP and AAA (American Automobile) mentioned Covid-19 at all.  The others were written in an alternate universe.


10 Responses to “FF: No Pattern At All”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    After your recommendation a while ago, I read one Ngao Marsh and enjoyed it. I intended to return to the series one day. Maybe, after the library reopens, I can do that. Thank you for bringing those books to my attention again.

    I gave up on Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson. I just couldn’t get into the plot or the characters.

    I finished Silks by Dick Francis and Felix Francis. It was a little slow to start, but ended up being exciting. Like his prior novels, racing and murder are part of the story.

    I am currently reading Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell. I am about half way through and just received the sixth and final book from Amazon.

    I am just started Spinneret by Timothy Zahn, a 1987 Science Fiction. I read one of his more recent novels and decided to check out an early one.

    • janelindskold Says:

      As always, I love the variety in your list.

      I’ve also enjoyed Dick Francis’ work. It’s often said that Word Of Mouth is the best advertising but for a friend of mine it didn’t work that way. He’d heard that horses got hurt in the stories and so wouldn’t touch them. When he found it was only HUMANS, that was okay. Oddly, I get it. Humans in mysteries/murder stories are often attacked for a reason, but animals are innocents.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Still reading blogs and writing daily. A lot of people are finding too much time to fill, I have the opposite. It’s an adventure every day!

  3. Jane Says:

    Knowing your fondness for Agatha Christie, you may enjoy the 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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