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January 09, 2013




I too discovered my love of Downton Abbey via Netflix. I couldn't wait for the second season, so I had to get this discs and am not watching season 3 live on PBS.

Charles Todd's books are great for Downton Abbey fans. Particularly their recent holiday book, The Walnut Tree.

Can't wait to see other recommendations so I can add to my reading pile. I love Lady Georgiana and will have to check out Marion Chesney

Karen in Ohio

Lady Georgie is a favorite! As is Downton Abbey. What a boon for PBS that series has become.

Two other wonderful series from that era: Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy books, and Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series. The Maisie Dobbs books are darker then the others, but they are one of the most evocative of a time before the World Wars in England that was very rough on the lower classes, in particular.


Kristopher, I may have to follow your lead and buy season two. After all, I'll want to watch the whole thing again some day, right? :)

Yes, love the Charles Todd books. Don't know how I missed The Walnut Tree. Thanks for the heads up!


Karen, yes, the Molly Murphy books are so good. And I'm crazy about Jacqueline Winspear's books, too. So far, I haven't been able to read Elegy For Eddie. Ack! Such a sad title! :) But her books are so solid, I'm sure I'll love it.


Oh Mary - you are lucky! Season 2, Xmas spesh and season 3 to go.
My favourite is Violet, the dowager Countess Grantham followed by Miss O'Brien. As for books people might enjoy - I couldn't possibly comment.



A-hem. In that case :) - it just so happens that I found a couple of goodies on your Dandy Gilver series:

'A subtle detonation of the cosy genre... an acute sense of period, sharp observation of the mores of the day (both above and below stairs), a nicely-judged infusion of humour and a winning heroine.' -- The Independent, 'Dan Brown meets Barbara Pym ... Dandy is brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised and - above all - very funny' -- The Guardian

Wow, not that's what I call good recommendations.

I love the title of your new one, "Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains." :)

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