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Harriet Devine's Blog · 2d ago

Woman Not Reading

Rather mysteriously (to me at least) this lovely painting by the British artist Thomas Edwin Mostyn (1864-1930) is called 'Unsolved'. By the time you read this I'll be off on my hols - Londo...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 6d ago

Innocent Blood by PD James

I thought I'd read everything by PD James, but not so. I saw this reviewed somewhere recently - can't at all remember where - and knew I had to read it sharpish. It is a truly amazing novel,...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1W ago

Girls Reading

This is Forbidden Books by Alexander Mark Rossi (1840-1916). It would be fascinating to know what the books are! and what the woman, presumably a teacher, will do to them for reading them. I...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1W ago

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Last year I was delighted to review Anthony Horowitz's experimental crime novel Magpie Murders, and did so very enthusiastically. Now we have this year's offering - equally experimental but ...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Shiny Review: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

I can't remember now whether I requested this novel or whether it came to me unsolicited. Whichever is the case, I'm really glad it did. Lars Matting is a Norwegian writer who had a huge suc...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Women Reading a Letter

I had quite a different painting lined up for this weekend but then I spotted this one and decided to use it instead. It's by the celebrated American genre painter Harry Herman Roseland (c.1...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3W ago

Woman Reading

This is 'The Reader' by Franz Dvorak (1862-1927). He was a Czech painter, and lived most of his life in Prague, though Wikipedia tells me he was better known abroad than in his own country.
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3W ago

Death Walks in Eastrepps by Francis Beeding

Recently I had the great pleasure of reading and reviewing Martin Edwards' The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books for Shiny New Books (you can see that review here). In my review I said I'd...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1M ago

Woman Reading

One for you dog lovers. This one is by the Belgian artist Évariste Carpentier, (1845 - 1922). I think it's just called 'Woman Reading Newspaper with Dog'. Fair enough.
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1M ago

The Ready Made Thief by Augustus Rose

‘A kickass debut from start to finish’ screams the cover of this highly readable, somewhat bizarre, debut novel. It’s a book that defies categorisation – perhaps best described as a picaresq...