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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
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Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
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Martin Millar
Death of a Ghost - Margery Allingham
This is one of those not-actually-mysterious mysteries where the identity of the culprit is clear quite early on, to the detective as well as the reader, and the remainder of the story is the protagonist attempting to collect proof. Sometimes this works fine, especially if it is handled in a suspenseful way.

In this case even the police are convinced, but seem unable to think of any course of action. Campion is particularly ineffectual in this installment, perhaps a reaction on the author's part to swinging too far in the action-hero direction in the previous book. I wasn't convinced that the killer was really that diabolically clever and found the resolution disappointing and weak.

However, I did like the opening set-up with the artists and critics at the mildly Bohemian house party and the descriptions of the art. The supporting characters were a bit over the top but at least interesting.