In the High Peaks

Sunday, June 5, 2016

June Reading: The Loney and Touch Not the Cat

The month of May was abysmal as far as my number of books read is concerned. (It  was superlative for hours spent in wilderness watching spring unfold.) I read The Lewis Man by Peter May, and L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton.  The Lewis Man was absolutely superb, but this particular Letter "L" Grafton book was pure tedium. I think I read one other dud in this series, but can't remember which one. I know, based on experience, that M is for Malice is certain to be much better, because that's how it went with the book following the only other clunker.
So what about this month of June? I have loads and loads of work this month and tomorrow morning I'm leaving for a week to research in southeastern New York State. Fortunately I've already dug into the extraordinarily fascinating book, The Loney, by Andrew Michael Hurley. It's a story of a retreat or pilgrimage for a devout group of orthodox, or fundamentalist, Roman Catholics in the far north of England, making their way to the bleak shores of Lancashire to a holy site during Easter Week. The time period is the 1970s. I read a review that said it had gothic undertones, and I went for it based on that. I never thought such a  story would grip me, but it's so artfully crafted, I'm amazed and I can't imagine what Hurley has up his sleeve.
I can't wait to read Touch Not the Cat by one of my favorite authors, Mary Stewart. Have you read this one? I bought it at a book sale about six years ago, and it's been lying untouched on my bookshelves ever since. No longer! Katrina of Pining for the West and I are reading it on and around June 15th. I'm bringing it on my research trip this coming week, so I can start reading. It sounds truly gothicish or gothicky. Neither are true adjectives, but perhaps some of you gothic-afflicted people will know what I mean.


  1. I just read Peter May's The Blackhouse. Can't wait to read the rest of the Lewis Trilogy. Excellent writing.
    I ask myself why I didn't start this series sooner!

    1. Now that I've read the first two books of the trilogy, I don't know if I can bear to read the last book, because then it will be over. So very good.

  2. I just finished The Lewis Man and can't wait to read the third book in May's trilogy. I will go through post-good-book slump, as I've already experienced it.
    May's has another book out, Coffin Road, set on Lewis, but without Finley MacLeod, sadly.
    What good writing.
    I read Boar Island by Nevada Barr, set on one of my favorite locations, Mount Desert Island in Maine. While it uses some crazy plot devices, I laughed my way through it.
    And then The Quality of Silence set in Alaska, by Rosamund Lupton, which is OK, but has interesting aspects.