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Sunday, 10 August 2008

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I find I always have three or four books on the go at the same time as well. The only exception is when I'm into a seriously good espionage thriller. When I'm reading a particularly good one, such as Ellis Goodman's Bear Any Burden, I like to confine myself to the one book so that I can keep all the twists and turns straight, and set my mind to figuring everything out before the last page. :)

I used to read many books at a time but for the past 6 months I have been experimenting and just reading one book at a time. It's been okay. It's been hard not to pick up other books.

I'm reading something right now that's really not holding my attention and I'm think of quitting it, but I wonder if I would be having such a hard time if I were reading a little bit of something else?

Thankyou, Lindsay!

In reply to Cornflower, there's no doubt that Tiger in The Smoke is Allingham's masterpiece, but perhaps even better to start with Sweet Danger, Death of a Ghost, or Flowers for the Judge. Happy reading!

Strange how when I drift around the Sunday Salon I find the same topics coming up by chance. Today it is reading more than one book at once. Anyway, yes, I do that too, and glad to find I'm not alone.

Thant Allingham book does sound good - she's not a writer I've come across before, so thanks for that. I'll be interested to hear what you make of Lovelock - I've only ever read a book about Lovelock by Jon Turney, which was interesting, and now find myself tempted to read words from the man himself.

Which Allingham would you suggest starting with?

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