Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Late Phoenix

A Late Phoenix by Catherine Aird, is an English mystery, "With undertones of war." "And overtones of murder."

The Serving Men poem by Rudyard Kipling was mentioned in the Aird book; I was not familiar with it before reading this novel.  Here's an excerpt and illustration:


Another excerpt included a real person, Doctor Harley Crippen, who was born and raised in the United States though became infamous in England.

"He wouldn't have killed that girl."  "He was a doctor, Inspector."  "He was dedicated to saving life, not wasting it."  "...Sloan didn't argue; though a first-class medical training hadn't stopped those well-remembered doctors Harley Crippen, Buck Ruxton....from doing murder in their day."

A Late Phoenix was described in this blog.

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