Favourite Things : Launch of Linda Stratmann's The Daughters of Gentlemen
Some people like a good funeral. I prefer a nice book launch :
It's an excuse to visit a (usually) posh part of London
The bookshop ambience is convivial
The author gives a little talk about his/her next book
There's a chance to talk to friendly book-readers
Not least, there's free wine and nibbles
Daunt books on Holland Park Avenue is a 'really lovely bookshop', according the person of whon I asked directions, having made the mistake of walking first to Notting Hill Waterstones. Notting Hill has more shops but Holland Park is more 'select' and foodie - it has both a Paul and a Patisserie Valerie, which some might think excessive.
Linda has written a lot of true-crime books but The Daughters of Gentlemen is only her second work of fiction. As before, it stars female detective Frances Doughty and is set in Victorian Bayswater. Linda says her next book features that ubiquitous Victorian bugbear, the fear of being buried alive. The other ingredients sound a bit racy. I expect other readers enjoy as much I do the gradual uncovering of the dark forces underlying the respective veneer of Victorian society.
All this, plus wine and nibbles and a book signed by the author. Definitely one of my favourite things.