82. The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh. 167 pages.
Third of the Inspector Alleyn series and the best so far in my opinion - marred by intrusive references to the previous two books, but otherwise a decent plot. It’s the second book I’ve read this year which touches upon the rather uncomfortable subject of eugenics, but it was written in 1935, when thinking about such things was rather different than it is today and before Hitler’s ideas on the subject were put so horrendously into practice.
This is a proper period piece, as the solution depends on something very much of the day - a doctor taking his own equipment into an operating theatre.
83. Gently by the Shore by Alan Hunter. 172 pages.
84. Landed Gently by Alan Hunter. 148 pages.
Two more exploits for Chief Inspector Gently, whose principle difficulties with his cases generally seem to stem from the lack of imagination of his superiors. Decent entertaining stuff on the whole.
85. Stig of the Dump by Clive King. 157 pages.
I missed this story of a boy who befriends a caveman living in the rubbish dump near his grandmother’s house when I was the right age for it, although I remember the tv show being on. It’s a pleasant enough adventure story but rather meandering and lacking a point.
86. Grave Memory by Kalayna Price, 256 pages.
Third in the Alex Craft series. Alex is having enough difficulties, what with neither of the men she’s attracted to speaking to her and her eyesight threatened by overuse of her grave witch powers, so she could really do without a string of apparent suicides that she comes to realise are something quite different…
Really enjoying this series. Laurell K. Hamilton ought to read and take heed….
87. Gold in the Sky by Alan Nourse. 83 pages.
Traditional derring-do space adventure. Rob was impressed by the quality of the science behind the story too.
88. No Nest For the Wicket by Donna Andrews. 218 pages.
Another murder mystery for Meg Langslow as her fiance’s ex is found dead on the course of a game of eXtreme croquet. Marvellously dotty.