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Books read in April 2007
For the first month in a long time, the majority of my reads have not been crime/mystery books.

The James Herriot books are old favourites; I've read them many times over the years an never cease to enjoy them.

APRIL (11)

The Wench Is Dead - Colin Dexter
A Stab In The Dark - Lawrence Block
If Only They Could Talk - James Herriot
It Shouldn't Happen to A Vet- James Herriot
Let Sleeping Vets Lie - James Herriot
Vet In Harness- James Herriot
Love Lies Bleeding - Edmund Crispin
Vets Might Fly - James Herriot
Vet In A Spin - James Herriot
The Lord God Made Them All - James Herriot
Quartet In Autumn - Barbara Pym


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aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 1st May 2007 11:45 (UTC) (Link)
Yay Jammes Herriot! I do love those books. I devoured all of them when I was about 12 and have reread them regularly. Sad nad funny and really it;s a lost wya of life.

And I should reread some Coiln Dexter at some point. I get the plots all confused...was The Wench Is Dead the one with the historical murder of a woman in a canal? And the TV adaptation was so wrong as there no Lewis?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st May 2007 12:21 (UTC) (Link)
I was about that age too, IMS, when I first read them. They are a jolly good mix of emotions, as you say.

You are correct re: The Wench Is Dead, that is the plot.

I never saw that particular TV adaptation, one of the few I haven't seen. But yes, they could get away without Lewis being in it, as Morse is in hospital for most of the book, and one of the other patient's daughters who works at the library helps Morse with some research. So they could combine what she and Lewis did. Lewis was in the book.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 1st May 2007 12:50 (UTC) (Link)
Also one of the better biography type books James Herriots. AT least IMHO ;-)

And yay I remmebered the plot! My memory is etter than I thought.

The TV adaptation had a young constable type doing Lewis's and the daughter's part really. I wasn't so keen on that I like to have at least a bit of Lewis as there was in the book.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st May 2007 12:56 (UTC) (Link)

Hee. Your memory was spot on.

Ah, I see. No, Morse has to have his Lewis :-)
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 1st May 2007 13:02 (UTC) (Link)

And I do agree. I love the old Morse/Lewis relationship.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st May 2007 13:32 (UTC) (Link)
Me too.
probodie From: probodie Date: 1st May 2007 13:08 (UTC) (Link)
I adore the James Herriot books, they are so well written and take you back to a nice, calmer, simpler way of life. I used to imagine myself back there too, and I thought the tv series kept much to the books.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st May 2007 13:29 (UTC) (Link)
I do so agree, they do give a feel of peace and calm and tranquility *sigh*

The series did indeed do that thing.
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nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st May 2007 16:00 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, another fan of James Herriot :-)

I too used to follow the TV series religiously. In fact we bought J's mother some of the DVDs.
honeybearbee From: honeybearbee Date: 1st May 2007 21:15 (UTC) (Link)
Are the James Herriot books about animals?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd May 2007 13:18 (UTC) (Link)
They are basically his autobiographs of his life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales.
honeybearbee From: honeybearbee Date: 2nd May 2007 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds neat. I'll see of I can find them.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2007 11:12 (UTC) (Link)
They are a nice gentle read, especially if you like the countryside. James is from Glasgow, so we see him adjusting to country life. They are very good, and he's not afraid to laugh at himself.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 2nd May 2007 07:42 (UTC) (Link)
Am going to tentatively ask how you liked the Barbara Pym and then go out for the day. ;-))))
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd May 2007 13:23 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, well I finished it.

I think 'depressing' really sums it up. I thought Pym captured the characters well, gave us a feel for them and their lives, but I felt really so utterly despondent and down by the end of the book, I'm sorry to say.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 3rd May 2007 09:23 (UTC) (Link)
It was rather a sad book I have to admit but spiced with humour such as when Lettie tried to take up reading about sociology or whatever it was, and Marjorie falling for the vicar who was trolling around the local women being fed. Plus, at the end Lettie's last thought was that she had realised she could do whatever she wanted rather than what people thought she should. I took heart from that I must admit.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2007 12:56 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe my mood wasn't 'right' as I really didn't see the humour at all *sigh*

I agree that Lettie finally realising that was something on which we should all hold.
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