Monday, October 4, 2010


I purchased all seven books in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes - used - quite inexpensively, (or as my birds might say “cheep’).  I’m not a great lover of detective stories.  Either they are too complicated for me to follow, or they are too gory -- sometimes both.  No thanks.

But I find the Russell/Holmes series most enjoyable.  First, and perhaps foremost, I find the interplay between these two to be quite delightful, sometimes quite funny.  Then there is the way that Russell has picked up on the training she has received, and the author’s way of putting it in writing.  These stories are all told in the first person by Russell herself, and she will note things that might be of use as evidence.  “He had a small scar on his upper lip”, or “The one who hit her was right-handed.”  That sort of thing.  Elementary.

I’ve now finished four of the seven books, and each is completely different from the others.  So while the main characters are the same, the story lines are not.  At any rate, I am having a good time with these.

Humor -

More airline comments:

 "As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.."


And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Southwest Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"


Heard on Kulula 255 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt."


  1. Asphalt Whitman used to say, the leaves of grass are lovely but you don't want your plane to land in them.

  2. Finished 4 of 7--you go boy! (Hmmm, sounds better with "girl," doesn't it?) Wish I could make such a dent in my "to-read" pile but since I mainly read when I walk, I'll need more dry days.