An amazingly fun mystery, with plenty of twists and surprises. You'll like the lovely and brilliant heroine, Miss Erith.
This is a perfect book to read before bed, or on a rainy day, on a plane or on vacation. Sweet-natured but not without bite, it's a well-reported look at the gentle absurdities of English village life in the Napoleonic era. Worth noting: it's written in fresh, thoughtful, modern language that requires no effort to dive right into. Recommended, and if you like this, try "Wives and Daughters."
Less charming than "Enchanted April," this is still a lovely, diverting story for an evening read.
The title might sound allegorical, but the bulk of this lecture is really about clouds. His thesis is that the weather in early-1880s London is unusually gray, terrible and foreboding, and that this terrible weather has given rise to some equally terrible social conditions. If you're a student of weather and enjoy books like The Little Ice Age, this will be completely fascinating. It's also nifty to see the mind of an art critic applied to natural phenomena. This book is odd, to be sure, but worth checking out.