Archive for June 8, 2009

The streets of London may have at one time been paved with gold but the streets of Exeter are full of pot holes and speed bumps. 

As a result I had to spend some time getting new tyres and the wheel tracking sorted out last week.

I needed a book to read while I waited and as I had just read three books that came in at 367, 474, 468 pages respectively I picked up the much more manageable 200 page Roses, Roses by Bill James. This book written in 1993 had been featured by John Harvey in his interview at Crime Fest in Bristol, and is one of the long running Harpur & Iles  Mystery series. 

I feel guilty that I haven’t read any of this iconic series before but better late than never. The first sentence sets the scene for the narrative which switches between Megan Harpur’s last day and the aftermath. The dialogue has a style of its own with a brisk conversational quirkiness in which people frequently interrupt each other. 
The novel begins dramatically:

When she was killed by three chest knife blows in a station car park, Megan Harpur had been on her way home to tell her husband she was leaving him for another man.

And is full of  compelling dialogue:

“This is a dangerous and vicious city, like all the rest, and you people can’t cope.”
“Sometimes we have a victory, Mrs Grant,” he replied.
“Yes, perhaps.”
“We have to look after ourselves, and look after those close to us. To be blunt you have failed us, are failing us, Mr Harpur.”

I am only half way through the book but definitely enjoying it so far. 


Posted: June 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

“Mr Goldman?” she called. “Are you all right?”

He paused by the pump and looked at her. ‘No, I’m not, Mrs Langstone. How can I be? I’m frightened.”
He raised his hat in farewell and a moment later was out of sight. It was only as Lydia was letting herself into the house that she realized what he had meant.
He was not frightened of the uniformed thugs in the undercroft. 
He was not even frightened for himself.
He was frightened of what the uniformed thugs stood for.
He was frightened on behalf of all those people who stood in their way.
He was frightened of the future.

Bleeding Heart Square: Andrew Taylor [page 396]

5th German Federal Election 20 May 1928
National Socialist German Workers Party NSDAP [Nazis]      2.6% of vote

United Kingdom European Elections results 8 June 2009
British National Party BNP                                                                   6.5% of vote

In Yorkshire and Humberside the BNP received                        9.8% of vote

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing: Edmund Burke