I’m re-re-reading Dorothy Dunnett’s Niccolo series, one more big volume to go.This is the first time I’ve read the books as not just a reader, but a writer. There are eight volumes, plus The Dorothy Dunnett Companion to help you through . Right now her characters are haunting me, as I break now and then for my own writing, and for reading other books. I know that when I finish this series, I’ll have to go to the Lymond series, which she actually wrote first. Why? Because Niccolo,is, well, responsible for Lymond.
In the meantime, there have been many digressions. I like good mysteries-all kinds. Right now I’m reading The Savage Garden by Mark Mills, who also wrote Amagansett, which I’m ordering from the library because this one is so good. It’s set in 1958. A student, on the recommendation of his counselor, goes to a villa in Tuscany to do his thesis on its garden, and begins to wonder if it covers up a 400 year old murder, while there’s a possibility of another murder that might have happened at the end of WWII.
A friend recently returned one of my “keepers”, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson, one of the most frightening books I’ve ever read. It’s been made into two movies. Don’t bother with the later one. A few lines from the book:
“So there won’t be anyone around if you need help,” Mrs Dudley said. “We couldn’t hear you, even in the night. No one could.”
Later, same scene. “In the night,” Mrs. Dudley said. She smiled. “In the dark,” she said, and closed the door behind her. EEEK!