The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

One more post for Reading Ireland! I have not read this book, yet, but I have seen the movie and it is one of my top five favorites. I never knew until yesterday that the book the movie is based on was written by an Irishwoman! R.A. Dick is the pseudonym for Irish writer Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie. She was born in Wexford in 1898 and died in 1979 and not much else is known about her. All I can find is three books by her, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Devil and Mrs. Devine and Light and Shade.

1945 hardback

I ordered a copy of the book, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir! A new paperback. I would have loved to have this first edition hardback but it cost $1,000.00! Yikes!

book description: Burdened by debt after her husband’s death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain’s story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.

This was made into a 1947 movie and in 1968 a television sitcom!

Have you ever seen the movie? It’s a real delight. I found it free on Internet Archive! You can watch online or ghost-and-mrs_-muirdownload it free. Check it out and let me know what you think. A good gothic romance is a breath of fresh air once in a while. Get yourself a cup of tea or coffee and go curl up and watch HERE! Lots of good movies and old books on Internet Archive!



The Devil and Mrs. Devine: The stor611998y begins in 1807 with the 12-year-old Danielle Bellaires. Abandoned by her father after her mother’s death in child birth, she is unhappily in the care of her father’s sister-in-law. Rebelling, she finds sanctuary in two marriages, each happy in their own way, but each ending with her widowhood. Along the way, the devil causes her to be always 30, as long as she wants to live, although she never actually agrees to his bargain.

Light and Shade: Selina Victoria Verney was eighty, but this was her first chance to fulfil her ambition and travel. So she set off for Central Africa to visit her youngest son, taking her eighteen-year-old granddaughter Jane with her.

The Heat of the Day

195987In The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly re-creates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War II.

Many people have fled the city, and those who have stayed behind find themselves thrown together in an odd intimacy born of crisis. Stella Rodney is one of those who has chosen to stay. But for her, the sense of impending catastrophe becomes acutely personal when she discovers that her lover, Robert, is suspected of selling secrets to the enemy, and that the man who is following him wants Stella herself as the price of his silence. Caught between these two men, not sure whom to believe, Stella finds her world crumbling as she learns how little we can truly know of those around us.

This was my fifth book for this year’s Reading Ireland. Cathy hosts this every March over at 746 Books. If you’d like to check out all the links to reviews of Irish literature posted this year head on over HERE.

The Heat of the Day is an excellent book! The writing is very evocative, heavy with meaning in every little movement and word. Ms. Bowen does a great job of pulling you into WWII London, the sense of death every minute, the destruction and despair, how it changes you. Great tension between the characters too! If you like books set in WWII you will really like this one!

I’m not a really eloquent reviewer, but I know someone who is and you can read her review of this novel at Heavenali!

The Death of a Joyce Scholar

IMG_7877by Bartholomew Gill

Who stabbed Irish author/professor/philanderer Kevin Coyle to death on Bloomsday – Dublin’s annual citywide celebration honoring its most beloved literary figure? Who brought the promising career of the brilliant scholar to an abrupt and bloody end on Joyce’s own “Murderers’ Ground?” The list of suspects seems endless – from deceived wives to cuckolded husbands to spike-haired street punks. And Chief Superintendent Peter McGarr is about to discover that the motive for homicide can hide as easily in the pages of a classic book as in the twisted passions of a human heart.

My third read for Read Ireland Month over at Cathy’s 746 Books. The second one I didn’t really like and didn’t finish. It started off good. I liked the description of Peter McGarr, liked him I thought. But as the story went on it got a little ridiculous. The murder victims wife and her sisters got a phone call telling them where her husband was and they got a little garden cart and carried his dead body home and propped him up in bed for three days before calling McGarr. One of his nine children met McGarr at the door and said “Mistar, mistar, are ya a doctor? Me da has taken ill, he has.”. It just got weirder from there. No one seemed to care who murdered Kevin, not even Inspector McGarr. I finally decided I didn’t care either and closed the book. McGarr did not in the end endear himself to me. Not sure I’ll even give the other two books on the shelf a go.

Have any of you read a Bartholomew Gill Inspector McGarr book and should I give another one a go? Is this one just a one off? I’m having a terrible reading month here! Maybe its me and not the books.