#amreading: Tana French, THE TRESPASSER, p. 425

SPOILER ALERT

Detective Breslin to Detective Conway: I spent twenty minutes sitting in the Top House before the penny dropped. Fair play to you, Conway: you make a very convincing South Dublin airhead.

Place in Mystery Fiction: It Is Everything

Self is closing out 2017 with Tana French, and she is also reading Kelly Creighton’s Bank Hurricane Holiday, a super short story collection set in Northern Ireland.

Place is everything in the writing of these two women. She isn’t finished yet with Creighton’s book (just out from Doire Press) but she finished her first Tana French, earlier today: Broken Harbor. And she’s just started reading The Trespasser.

She’s very late in coming to Tana French, but why. She’s been coming to Ireland for years, if she’d had enough sense, she would have read Ms. French years ago.

Self loves mysteries. She especially loves the mysteries of: Henning Mankell, Morag Joss (only one book), Ruth Rendell, and Karin Fossum.

She thinks her love of mysteries in foreign landscapes began with Peter Hoeg’s mesmerizing Smilla’s Sense of Snow. (And now she writes dystopian fantasy set in snowy landscapes, what a coincidence)

p. 4, The Trespasser:

  • Murder works out of the grounds of Dublin Castle, smack in the heart of town, but our building is tucked away a few corners from the fancy stuff the tourists come to see, and our walls are thick; even the early morning traffic out on Dame Street only makes it through to us as a soft, undemanding hum.

Who doesn’t know Dublin Castle. Tourist mecca. Now, in her mind, Dublin Castle is the home of the Dublin Murder Squad. Love.

On to p. 5.

Stay tuned.

 

 

BROKEN HARBOUR, p. 41

Money: the only thing that kills more people than love.

— Detective Mick Kennedy of the Dublin Murder Squad

Tana French Quote of the Day: BROKEN HARBOUR, p. 25 (Spoiler-Free)

Self is just loving this book! Looks like she found herself a new favorite mystery writer.

The book begins with a heinous crime in one of those Dublin suburbs they call “ghost villages” — These were built fast in the Irish boom, but went bust with unsold homes only a few years later.

The Dublin Murder Squad is on it.

Detective Mick Kennedy to his rookie partner:

But keep in mind, right now we know bugger-all about these people. They kept their house in good nick, at least occasionally, and they got killed. I’m telling you the second one means a lot more than the first. Anyone can hoover. Not everyone gets murdered.

That last bit is going to be self’s favorite quote for a loooong time.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

EXPERIMENTAL: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 15 November 2017

  • This is about “being experimental and choosing a new path.”

— Krista Stevens, The Daily Post

Last week, while wandering around Dublin, self stopped to gawk at the display window of a designer’s studio on Cow’s Lane:

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A Designer’s Shop Window on Cow’s Lane, Dublin: 9 November 2017

Unfortunately, the shop was closed. Self had to content herself with taking pictures.

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Display Window, Cow’s Lane, Dublin: 9 November 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Temporary 2: Weather in Dublin, Around Noon

Self loves that the Photo Challenge this week is TEMPORARY.

Since she is in Ireland, the country where, according to a Dublin cab driver, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes,” she decides that this week she will just keep chronicling the weather.

She took these pictures in Dublin, earlier today:

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A Pedestrian Bridge Across the Liffey: Friday, 10 November 2017

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Dublin: Friday, 10 November 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Temporary: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 8 November 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is TEMPORARY.

What could be more “temporary” than the weather?

Last night, Dublin was cold and rainy.

Today, just look at the difference!

Self took the Luas from Blackhorse (name of a saloon on the corner; sadly, appears to be closed) to Jervis. One of the stops on the way was Fatima. Only in Dublin!

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Dublin, Thursday, 9 November 2017: By the Ha’penny Bridge

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ALL ONE COLOR

Cee Neuner has a new series called ANYTHING GOES.

Theme for the week is All One Color.

Here’s a recent picture self took of Dublin’s iconic St. Stephen’s Green, first week of May. St. Stephen’s Green is very aptly named:

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St. Stephen’s Green, First Week of May 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Reflecting: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 10 May 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is REFLECTING.

As Nanci Thanki puts it, find “reflections and changes in perspective . . .  from water and glass to metallic surfaces . . . “

Here’s how self interpreted that theme today:

  • Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green is a place where self does deep reflecting. She was there Monday evening:
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St. Stephen’s Green, 8 May 2017

  • The light reflecting off self’s lens: she loves this shot. Even though it’s not a “good” shot, it really reflects a sense of “the moment”:
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More St. Stephen’s Green!

  • Moody night shot of San Francisco. There’s a pedestrian reflected in the glass of the cab window (Self’s best night shots are taken from the back of a cab, lol). The cab was just passing In Situ, the restaurant on MOMA’s ground floor:
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San Francisco: 3rd Street by Night

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: Chapters, Dublin

Sometimes it might feel like we’re living in a bleak, alternate reality from the burned-out brain of a paranoid science fiction writer, but there’s always a world worse off than us.

Check out our favorite dystopian fiction in store.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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