Over the past couple of months I have been enduring something of a family crisis. One of the minor side effects of it all is that I’ve barely blogged. Even when I could find the time or inclination it would have been difficult to find something to discuss as I’ve barely read a book – or thought sensibly about one – for weeks.
But tonight as I opened my mail I was excited by a bookish thing for the first time in ages. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of the fifth book in Sulari Gentill’s crime series set in the 1930’s. I have adored all the previous books in the series for their humour, Australian sensibility, historical details and gentle undercurrent of social commentary. And just because reading them makes me happy. I quite literally couldn’t wait to dive in to this latest installment and have already perused the first chapter. Though to do the book…and myself…justice I shall plan a time when I can savour reading the rest of it.
As it happens there’s a good chance the worst of this particular family crisis might be resolved on Friday and we’ve a long weekend here this weekend. Serendipity?
For the detail oriented among you this fifth installment of the series is called GENTLEMEN FORMERLY DRESSED and it’s due for release on the 1st of next month. The publisher’s blurb reads
A bizarre murder plunges the hapless Australians into a queer world of British aristocracy, international politics, scandal, spies and Fascist Blackshirts. A world where gentlemen are not always what they are dressed up to be.
I’m looking forward to losing myself in this intriguing tale and wish you all some bookish joy of your own.