Death in White Pyjamas/Death Knows no Calendar by John Bude

Death in White Pyjamas: & Death Knows No Calendar (British Library Crime Classics Book 76)

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In the first story a set designer is found dead near a lake dressed in white pyjamas and ,of course, almost everybody has a sound reason to hate her. And ” everybody ” means a troupe of actors,a director and a wealthy supporter. The setting,a country house,and the colourful characters are part of the charm. However when it comes to suspense it did not quite deliver the goods. It was really not difficult to guess who the culprit was.
As for the second story,it was basically a locked room mystery. A rather fearsome woman ,who had more than her share of enemies,is found murdered in her locked studio in the garden. Here again it was not really difficult to find the murderer. But once it was established who the miscreant was the amateur sleuth, in this case a Major Boddy,needs to find proof and this drags on and on…The solution to the murder or more precisely the “how” is impossible to guess as the reader does not get any clues.
All in all,two charming stories (country house, quirky characters, English summer garden…) but not quite successful ones when it comes to mystery and suspense.
John Bude has better stories to tell…

That’s the way to do it…

As there is a rather torrid heatwave in the land and covid-19 is still lurking around the corner,tempers tend to run high(and very high). Just this weekend there was a fight between some youngsters and the police on a beach. Yes indeed,on a beach !  Everybody seems to find some fault with,well,basically everything and everybody…

And then there are these two sworn enemies (admittedly from a lower order) showing us how to deal with it….20200810_100224

How to Draw Almost Everything volume 2

How to Draw Almost Everything Volume 2: An Illustrated Sourcebook

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How to draw…the title says it all,even complete unhandy “artists” like myself manage to draw a reasonable recognizable dog,flower,plate of food…
The layout is absolutely spot on with it’s very clear lines and bright colours.
Don’t expect to emerge as a new Rembrandt but if your are looking for some good fun with a couple of crayons then this is a good choice!