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Books read in March (numbered for the year) :-

35. At the Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason.
36. Cat Out Of Hell by Lynne Truss
37. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
38. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming*
39. Karma’s A Bitch by Shannon Esposito
40. My Lady Greensleeves by Fredrik Pohl (35 pages)
41. A Dark and Stormy Night by Jeanne M. Dams
42. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
43. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
44. Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood.
45. The Evil That Men Do by Jeanne M. Dams
46. The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson
47. Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal
48. Pompeii by Mary Beard*
49. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
50. Grave Visions by Kalayna Price
51. The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen (18 pages)
52. Gently with the Painters by Alan Hunter
53. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
54. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
55. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier*

Books abandoned.

Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney
Minutes of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard
Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

I think my favourite this month has to be The Seventh Bride.

T. Kingfisher is a pen name of the wonderful Ursula Vernon, so I knew it would be good, and I was right. It's a retelling of the Bluebeard story essentially, but with a splendidly down to earth and sensible protagonist and interesting characters. And funny bits, despite it being quite dark.

I think if you like Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books, you'll probably like this too.

Special mention for Jamaica Inn, which was particularly atmospheric after a recent visit to the setting. Du Maurier writes beautifully and is particularly good at evoking the genius loci of the Cornish moors. I had to keep reminding myself that the book was written in 1939 in order to not get too cross at the repeated references to an albino character being a "freak of nature" but it's a very good book nonetheless.

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