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The new Harry Hole

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Greece, Miss Marple, Scotland

51OKxEMZRZL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_Jo Nesbo created one of the best Scandinavian crime thriller series with his Harry Hole books. In my opinion the series had begun to slip very slightly in The Leopard and Phantom from the incredibly high standards set in the Oslo Trilogy [The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star] The Redeemer, and The Snowman.

 I am 184 pages into Police, the latest in the series, and Jo Nesbo seems back to his tricky confusing best. The reader gets the trademark features of Nesbo’s best books, great characters, puzzling plot twists, corruption at the top, and a brutal serial killer defying the police. And as usual Don Bartlett translates it into easily readable English. Despite the size and weight of my hardback copy I won’t put this one down.

Updating the Harry Hole series [book two is yet to be translated into English]
 
 The Cockroaches

female crime writersA photographic celebration of female crime writers for International Women’s Day.

Devon has some wonderful locations where you can travel back in time to the Golden Age of the English Detective Story,  entering the world of Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, Miss Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Harriet Vane. I last wore my dinner suit in 1970, the night England lost 2-3 to West Germany in the World Cup, so the chances of fitting into it and enjoying dinner at the luxurious Burgh Island Hotel are slim. Pity it looks a fantastic venue.

But never mind there is another iconic modernist house in Devon. High Cross House completed in 1932, and designed by the Swiss-American architect William Lescaze for William Curry, the first headmaster of Dartington Hall School. High Cross House has been described as an example of brutalist architecture, and a simple sleek machine for living. I have always thought the design unsuited to Devon’s climate and that  it would look much more comfortable on the California or Florida Coast.

Although when one enters you can imagine Hercule Poirot sitting in the uncomfortable chairs, the harsh modernism makes me feel I should be volunteering to fight in the Spanish Civil War, and that Hermann Goering and Albert Speer will come through the door at any moment. 

 

The spectacularly successful and brilliantly organised London 2012 Olympics are over, and before the Paralympics start on 29 August and in an amazingly short space of time the country has returned to worrying about train fares, jobs, the weather, inflation and traffic. But despite the gloom, and the British summer weather, crime fiction aficionados can look forward to the annual Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay. 

Check out the website and download a programme here.  

I hope to be able to attend at least one of the celebratory events and report back.    

I haven’t posted anything in this series for quite a while but a couple of weeks ago the weather was more like  a proper summer, and I was able to photograph some genteel English gardens. Miss Marple would be quite at home in these places where time has thankfully stood still.