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  1. Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart - Bryony Ashley is forced to return home to Ashley Court, her beloved ancestral pile, after her father is killed in a road accident. As the only girl, she knows she can't inherit and the house and estate will go to her cousins, but there is a family trust to protect the house from falling into the wrong hands. So when her cousins turn up, begging her to break the trust so that they can inherit faster and basically do what they like with the estate, she's not too happy; although it is their inheritance she starts to get suspicious and wonders if her father's death was an accident. Helped by the local handyman with whom she grew up, she soon starts to realise she might be in serious danger, and that her cousins might do anything to get their inheritance. I quite enjoyed this, I don't think it's the best of Mary's books but it was a nice escapist read, even if it was a bit of a standard woman in peril tale! I really liked Bryony as a character, she has a nice dose of cynicism, and the use of her inherited telepathy gave the story a slightly supernatural twist. 7/10

  2. My mum has a  theory that all those wind farms are causing the winds.....


    Saturday was also windy and we had a brief downpour with hail for about 10 minutes, then it cleared up but was still very windy.  Sunday and yesterday were glorious though, managed to get to a garden centre and it actually felt like a Bank Holiday weekend.

  3. the Snowman -  the  film version of Jo Nesbo's novel - what a mess!  I have read the book but couldn't remember that much about it apart from the basic storyline, but it was very disjointed and  they fudged the ending - the final confrontation is done much better in the book, whereas the film's ending felt very rushed and anti-climactic. I also thought Michael Fassbender was too young, again this is where the book comes in - Harry is about 10 years older than MF in the book, and he was just too young to capture all the world weariness that Harry has, he just came across as the usual petulant maverick cop, which he is in the book but there is much to his character than all the usual clichés.  It was obviously hoped there'd be another film judging by the last scene but I remember the reviews weren't very good so I wasn't expecting much. Also one of those films with lots of familiar faces popping up in tiny roles.  Great scenery though.

  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (think that's right) - caught up with this at the weekend, after the first half hour or so I enjoyed it.  There was a really strange coincidence involving the book I'm currently reading - in the  film  the main character gives the farmer Charles Lamb's tales, illustrated by Arthur Rackham - that night I carried on reading my book and got to a bit where the heroine finds a valuable book has gone missing from her old nursery, and the book is Lamb's tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham!  Seems such a coincidence, especially as I'd only watched the film a few hours before, and  then read about the book a few hours later.  Twilight Zone or what!