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Skye Book Worms
Isle Of Skye Book Worms
18 November 2015

As you already know by now, Roz and I are voracious readers.  (Roz has the extra joy of also being a writer.)  So, I thought you might like to see what I have been reading lately.

The Oscar Slater Murder Story provides some new insights into this fascinating miscarriage of Scottish justice in the early 1900's.  It involves a mystery which, as yet, has no conclusive answer.  I found that, although packed with information, I was left with more questions than ever.  The very wealthy lady, who collected valuable jewellery was murdered, particularly brutally.  Her father, from humble origins, had risen to the heights of consultant engineer.  He had had nine children but, in the end, left most of his estate to his daughter, Marion, who was murdered. How much did he leave after raising nine children?  Would that be sufficient to enable her to, at her death, leave around £1,300,000 (today's equivalent?)  If not, how had she accumulated this?  Why did she will her estate to a former maid/companion?  So much searching goes into the possible murderer(s) but there seems so little information about the victim.  The author opts for the burglary answer but the burglars did not take the jewellery - only one brooch was alleged to be missing.  Yet, according to the doctor, discussing her post-mortem, it would have taken five minutes plus to inflict the level and amount of injuries to the victim.  Surely, time that would have been much better spent burgling?  The author also believes there was more than one burglar.  So, why not disable the old lady quickly, burgle or toss the jewels out into the back yard to be retrieved by the assistant and/or later when threatened with discovery?  Although, a great deal of research has gone into this intriguing mystery, I am left wondering if the truth has yet to be reached.

The Nightbird is an old favourite by a well-loved authoress, Monica Edwards.  It recounts challenging circumstances in the English Channel (and Rye Harbour, Sussex area) together with inventive, exciting ways of dealing with these.  It is, of course, a novel set in a real location where the writer grew up and, as you read, you feel it is peppered with real-life characters and events.  It's a good read for young and old and I am happy to be re-reading it for the XXXth time!

The State Vs Elinor Norton is written by one of my new, favourite authors - Mary Roberts Rinehart - dubbed America's Agatha Christie.  I am not far into it yet and, like Ms Rinehart's other novels, have no idea which way the plot will twist and turn before reaching its end.  It is very seldom I can successfully figure out the villains.!  I know this will be another exciting one to keep me guessing.

Norma   x


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