A Particular Eye for Villainy by Ann Granger

A Particular Eye for Villainy by Ann Granger was published in 2012 and it’s the first book that I’ve read by the author.

The setting is London in the 1860s and the story is told by Elizabeth Martin Ross and her husband Inspector Ben Ross, taking turns to tell the tale.

Mr Thomas Tapley was a neighbour of the Ross’s, he was an elderly gentleman, it looked like he had seen better days but he seemed friendly enough and harmless. So when he is found in his rented rooms, having been bludgeoned to death there are few clues to go on. But Mrs Ross had seen him on the day of his death and she is quite sure that he was being followed by someone dressed as a clown. She has a particular fear of clowns ( I know the feeling!) and her husband the inspector is inclined to put her suspicion down to her own aversion to clowns.

I quite enjoyed this one although I think it would have been better if I had started reading from the beginning of the series, I think this is the fourth one. I guessed the culprit fairly early on in the book. I’m not sure if I’ll read any others in this series as I have so many books and series to catch up with. I also feel that I should pay more attention to the many unread books of my own which I’ve been neglecting. They’re the bookish equivalent of the cobbler’s weans who went barefoot!

Library Books

You might know that I’ve been doing an awful lot of library borrowing in recent months. Sixteen local libraries (Fife) are under threat of closure and I and lots of other people have been doing a bit of campaigning to try to get at least some of the libraries a reprieve. I’m concentrating on Glenwood, Markinch and Falkland as those are the ones nearest me. I’ve been to all three of them this week and my library haul is:

1. The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
2. Smut by Alan Bennett
3. The Catherine Wheel by Patricia Wentworth
4. A Particular Eye for Villainy by Ann Granger
5. Snare of the Hunter by Helen MacInnes
6. Peter Wimsey Investigates the Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh
7. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers by Alexander McCall Smith
8. Scotland’s Hidden History by Ian Armit

Jack has also borrowed books:-
First World War Poems chosen by Andrew Motion,
The Fires of Autumn by Irene Nemirovsky
21st Century Science Fiction edited by David G Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
and The Untouchables by John Banville (which he actually has a copy of but not read yet and only borrowed to boost the numbers.)

I haven’t read anything by Ann Granger before but the librarian likes her writing, nor have I read anything by Alan Bennett, but I’ve enjoyed his work on TV. Scotland’s Hidden History by Ian Armit is the only non-fiction book and it’s about the many Neolithic tombs, stone circles, brochs, hillforts, standing stones, Viking graves and such which are scattered all over Scotland.

I intend to read them all, it seems like cheating to take books out of the libraries and not read them – just to put the reader statistics up – but at this rate I’ll definitely have to stop buying books as my own unread books just keep piling up!

Have you read any of these book and if so what did you think of them?

PS. If you want to see photographs of the Falls of Dochart which we visited with Peggy and Evee in May then hop over to Jack’s blog.