Let’s do a poll.

May 2, 2011

I’ve got a couple of posts in the pipeline, and now I’m trying to figure out what I want to write about next. I’m hoping you guys can help me out.

I am also, as ever, open to other recommendations.


  1. I voted for the children’s books, but after looking up Augusta Seaman’s books, I am eager to read those too. And I always like Pollyanna. And The Hidden Hand is one of those “I’ve been meaning to read” books, as is Lady Audley’s Secret. So maybe you’d better do them all!

    Also consider Geraldine Bonner’s books. The Girl At Central, The Black Eagle Mystery, and Miss Maitland, Private Secretary are mysteries featuring the delightful Molly Morganthau Babbits.

    • I took a glance at one of the Geraldine Bonner books, and it looked awesome, so she’s definitely going on my list.

      I think everything in the poll is something I’ll get to eventually, and it looks like Pollyanna might be part of the ten children’s books post — it’s stretching underappreciated a bit, but not much: people hate Pollyanna.

  2. I haven’t read “The Dragon’s Secret” yet, but the Seaman doyenne Chris Volk says it “lacks the freshness and appeal of her earlier novels”. I’d try “The Sapphire Signet” which I think is available online and seems to be a roman à clef for Augusta, as well as a cracking good read.

    • Yeah I think I saw The Sapphire Signet on Google Books. I’ll put that on my list, but I still might read The Dragon’s Secret first — it’s already on my Kindle.

  3. I voted for the children books but would also add Pollyanna as it is such a fun read and maybe others will take a chance on it after reading what you have to say about it. I have some of the other books you mentioned but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet as I’m currently on a binge reading ancient Roman mystery fiction.

    • It’s looking like the children’s book thing is going to include Pollyanna, actually.

      I take it that’s mystery fiction set in ancient Rome, not written there? One of the books I’m thinking about including in my children’s book list fits that description.

      • Yes, set during ancient Roman times – not written then! I remember a children’s book that was a mystery set during that time period. I don’t remember the title though as I read it in the early 1970s. I do remember that one of the children characters was facing the death penalty because of something stolen. I think the story involved finding the true thief to escape the death penalty. I think the author also wrote some other historical mysteries. I’ve tried an online search but nothing rings a bell yet.

        • I found that children’s book I was thinking of. It is called “Detectives in Togas”. The name Rufus was the clincher as I remember that clearly. Alas no Kindle version, so I guess off to the library I go.

          • Yes, that’s the one! It’s by Henry Winterfield. A kid named Rufus is accused of desecrating a temple, and a group of his friends decides to prove him innocent.

        • I remember as a child reading historical novels for children, written by Rosemary Sutcliff. The one that sticks in my mind is “The Eagle of the Ninth” which is about a Roman legion that is mysteriously wiped out by the Pictish tribes and features a boy(?)who tries to regain the Eagle because his brother(?) father(?)was in charge of the legion at the time and its loss is shameful for the family.
          It’s clearly a different story, but I remember it as impressing (and scaring!) me a lot at the time.

          • I’ve heard good things about Eagle of the Ninth, but I’ve never read it. Did you know it was made into a movie recently? The movie is just called The Eagle.

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