Where are you now?...

lemonhead101August 1, 2014

I was digging through some old RP threads and was reminded of a fun one we used to do where we reported to each other "where we were" when we were reading (i.e. where the character(s) of the book that you were currently reading were).... Remember this?

I thought it would be fun to resurrect this... I'll start to get the ball rolling:

I am in England in a small coastal town where a young woman's body has been found in the library of the local Colonel. The Colonel and his wife say that they don't know this person, but do they? And what does this murder have to do with the staff at a local hotel where the young lady worked?

This post was edited by lemonhead101 on Fri, Aug 1, 14 at 14:05

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woodnymph2_gw

I am traveling with my Syrian lover in the Edwardian time. We are en route to Africa and I will have my first spectacular view of Victoria Falls. It is so hot that I have discarded my overskirt. I am shocking the populace by refusing to ride side-saddle. I am not missing my native England at all.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:52AM
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veer

I am at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight where I have just got married, after many tantrums and difficulties from my Mama who wants me always to be near her. Since the age of four I have lived in a funereal atmosphere with no companions and little fun. If I had less of a kindly, obedient disposition I might have rebelled at my Mother's demands and at being known as Baby by my family. For goodness sake, I am nearly twenty eight.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:21PM
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annpan

Victoria, I think you are about twenty one if you have just got married! Check your birth certificate...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:28PM
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veer

Annpan, right idea but a generation later. It was Beatrice, youngest daughter of Victoria and Albert doomed to live in the shadow of her Father's early death and to be the chosen 'help-mate' of her Mother and never allowed to forget she was not just a daughter but a subject.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 4:45AM
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annpan

Oops! "My bad!"
After living with the Duchess of Kent all those years you would think that Victoria would have had some idea what it was like to be in that position. She seemed to have been just as overbearing!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 6:59AM
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Shelgal

Could you please name the titles of these books for some of us "clueless" lurkers?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 12:25PM
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kathy_t

Shelgal - I believe the idea is for the rest of us to try to guess the books. (Unfortunately, I can't guess any so far.)

Lemonhead - Is that correct?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 9:39PM
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donnamira

The only one I think I recognize is lemonhead's post: Agatha Christie's The Body in the Library?

I'm floating on the Thames with 2 friends and the dog....

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 10:39PM
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annpan

Three men in a boat, Jerome K. Jerome?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 11:26PM
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netla

I'm on a small boat on the sea between Malaysia and the Philippines. The vessel has just been boarded by Philippine rebels and I'm engaging them in friendly conversation in order to ease the tension and escape being robbed and killed.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 12:36PM
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rouan

I'm on a cargo/passenger ship heading to South Africa with a few other passengers. Unfortunately, one of them is a serial killer...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 1:30PM
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woodnymph2_gw

Donnemira, would that be one of the "Narrow Dog to ----" books? Would the dog be a greyhound?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:52PM
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donnamira

Woodnymph - annpan had it right: Three Men In a Boat. I recently saw it on stage, and I recognize so much of the text!! But it's an easy book to put down, so it's taking me a while to finish it.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 7:30PM
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yoyobon_gw

I'm living in Colombella Italy with my husband who is a retired pilot and we are enjoying acting as hosts in our gorgeous restored farmhouse.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:44AM
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lemonhead101

Donnamira - you had my book title right. Good one.

Now I'm in North (or Norf) London with a private school boy who is doing his weekly "Social Work" visiting a small Chinese boy who needs some social interaction. It's cold, foggy and rainy outside, and the kid lives in council housing with loads of bird cages outside their front door.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:09AM
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rouan

The serial killer was caught, young love triumphed and the famous detective has headed home to be with his equally famous artist wife.

Now, I'm visiting a different world. One where the heads of the five prime families can control the elements. My heroine has just discovered that she is one of the primes and can control water.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 1:11PM
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donnamira

rouan, sounds like an Ngaio Marsh mystery? Maybe Singing in the Shrouds? which is the only one I can remember having a serial killer.

I'm about to take command on my upgraded patrol ship, Rascal, in Familias space.......

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:25PM
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rouan

Donnamira, you got it right on the first guess. :)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:35PM
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reader_in_transit

I have arrived somewhere in Ireland with my husband, to live in my childhood home, which I inherited years ago. We spent many years in Burma, but now that we are to settle in Dene's Court, I'm worried by the new responsibilities of being landlords, "it is as if were are being asked to be fully grown-up for the first time in our lives".

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 12:30PM
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lemonhead101

I'm a rather sad and disgruntled middle-aged man not long returned from five years in India. Life in England is not what I had expected, and currently, I'm a not-very-successful door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salesman in 1930's Brighton and living in a soul-sucking boarding house. What to do, what to do...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:31PM
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netla

I'm a Regency-era heiress at my engagement dance. I am miserable, about to marry into the aristocracy (who frankly terrify me) and my husband-to-be (a duke, no less!) only offered for my hand because he felt he had compromised me.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 7:58AM
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annpan

Lemonhead , I thought it might have been Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana" because of the vacuum cleaner salesman but when I checked this story line on Google "Of Love and Hunger" also popped up! I suppose that could be cheating?
Netla, I suspect a Barbara Cartland novel or similar author! But I think that is normally too light a genre for you so it is probably a non-fiction biography. Unless you are out of your usual comfort zone? :-)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 8:26AM
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veer

I am following the life of a young woman from a comfortable middle-class family who rails against what she sees as the small-mindedness of her provincial town and wants to study at Oxford University. By the time the necessary extra school work/examinations have been completed it is 1914 and her world and that of all her friends and family will be changed for ever.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:03PM
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