The Red House Mystery by A A Milne
Yes, the writer of Winnie-the-Pooh also wrote a mystery novel. It was fun, to a point, but the interest wasn't so much in the mystery but in the characters of Antony Gillingham (the Holmes of the story - he calls himself that) and Bill Beverley (his Watson). Stangely enough I could almost feel Tigger!Holmes taking part in the story, supported by a combination of Pooh!Watson and Eeyore!Watson - presumably something of Milne's prose carried over into his later stories of the Hundred Acre Woods. And in true Watson/Holmes fashion, Gillingham/Beverley has produced a few fanfics, including one of my own. It fills the Number/Colour in the Title square for LJ's bookbingo.
Omega and after: Bloomsbury and the Decorative Arts by Isabelle Anscombe
This was my second book on Vanessa Bell, which looked more at her artistic production. Although I'd originally reserved it with the library, their one and only copy had gone missing, so I bought a cheap copy myself. Bell's style is quite distinctive, but I can see why it wasn't particularly popular. The idea of the Omega Workshop was interesting, and how it would have fared if it hadn't been founded just before WWI is worth considering, but it did seem to suit those artists who weren't dependent on their art, but had other forms of income as well. There's an interesting conundrum about an artist producing what they feel led to produce, but if it isn't commercially viable it has to be sold to a wealthy patron. Fills the Historical square.
Saint Overboard by Leslie Charteris
The last of my recommendations from ffw_social The book was originally written in 1936, although the copy I bought was dated 1955 (original price 2/-). A good adventure, but very much of its time, there was far too much about 'the lady with the adventurous glint in her eyes'. Worth reading but I won't be reading any more. Fills the This Starts with the First Letter of your Name square.
For anyone who's interested, here's my book bingo card as it currently stands:
( book bingo card )