Conan Doyle trained as a doctor, was a medical officer on Arctic and African voyages, brought downhill skiing to Switzerland, and investigated spiritualism and fairies. He also cleared the names of two wrongfully convicted men.
Emmy has been hired to help sort reader letters for the advice columnist Mrs. Bird. A gruff, old-fashioned woman, she refuses to answer anything that references the “unpleasantness,” so Emmy begins to write her own replies.
As we launch into summer, I’m trying to get a handle on my reading (and review) list for the next couple of months. I know — a largely futile task. Here is a look at what I am reading now.
Early American cemeteries with grinning skull tombstones. Wood beam buildings with low ceilings. Early winter nights buffeted against gaping brick hearths. Old maple trees that creak in the wind.
In May, I took a little vacation and did a bit of traveling, which resulted in a bit less reading than usual for me. Having returned back to reality — and an already very hot and muggy hometown — I’m reorganizing the TBR pile for summer. Here’s a look at what I’m reading this month.