Sorry for the long silence. An unexpected family emergency derailed my orderly world, and I had to beat it across the country on short notice. Of course, this travel emergency coincided with a terrorist attack and the midwest’s worst thunderstorms in US history. So it was a crappy time for air travel.
But a great time to read a good book. I had lots of time on my hands.
I never really thought about the calming power of a good story, but boy I needed it in the last few weeks. Dodie Smith’s classic I CAPTURE THE CASTLE saved my sanity through a nightmare journey through Chicago O’Hare. I was able to pound through Bernard Cornwell’s THE LORDS OF THE NORTH while seeing if I could get on a standby flight to San Diego (I couldn’t.)
When I finally got to my mother’s, her stack of Reader Digest’s Ellery Queen mysteries helped me adjust to the time change. It’s amazing how many fictional characters employ chauffeurs and housekeepers bent on murder.