Lady Living Alone Ebook æ 188 pages Ö Peter curtis

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Kindle µ Lady Living Alone á Peter Curtis Rtis London Macdonald 1945 Added 2615Originally published under the nom de plume Peter CurtisI read this book a long time ago

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Lady Living Alone Ebook æ 188 pages Ö Peter curtis Ö Originally published under the nom de plume Peter Curtis London Macdonald 1945 Originally published under I'd forgotten until reminded recently that relatively early in her career Norah Lofts wrote four novels that could be loosely described as suspensers under the pseudonym Peter Curtis; in fact one of them You're Best Alone 1943 is mentioned in my Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir as the basis for the Elizabeth Sellars vehicle Guilt is My Shadow 1950 Lady Living Alone sees midlist novelist Penelope Shadow suddenly strike lucky in her mid thirties with her latest novel She decides to use her newfound riches to buy a house of her own in the country; to run it she hires a young man called Terry Munce At first she doesn't mind too much as he takes over her life and ; what she doesn't realize is that beneath his charm he's entirely mercenary a fluent liar an embezzler a thief a cheat an adulterer and potentially worseBut Miss Shadow has all her life been something of an eccentric little goose relying on her prettiness to make sure others accept the responsibility for saving her from the worst conseuences of her muddleheadedness She is therefore not at all blameless when things go south she has spent her whole life molding herself into the ideal victim for some uesting leech like Terry to come along and latch onto At the same time for all her sillinesses and neuroses there's something very likable about her at least for this reader and so in the latter part of the book the tension mounts as we pray she can extricate herself with life and limb intact from this mess she's gotten herself intoThe former part of the book by contrast is pretty slow moving being of a socially observant gently satirical comedy of manners full of waspish little lines like thisMiss Slater was a poor thing a bad case of ingrowing virginity p28Some of the cattiness descends into mere snobbishness the working classes tend to be regarded as uniformly slow witted or mendacious or both very much the lower orders but I suppose this was to be expected in a novel of its era written presumably just before the end of World War II and the conseuent social upheaval in the UK that changed a lot of attitudes Leaving that complaint aside this first half of the novel felt to me rather Jane AustenySo a book of two somewhat unalike halves and one that therefore will I'm sure not be to every reader's taste I did grow slightly impatient with the first half and with Miss Shadow's ditheriness in it while at the same time hugely admiring her monomania when it came to writing but overall I enjoyed Lady Living Alone really uite a lot

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Lady Living AloneThe nom de plume Peter Cu It takes a 1945 novel to describe a heroine who chain smokes and has nicotine stained handkerchiefs in her suitcase to be described as a pretty little thing The timid Penelope Shadow is a writer of novels successful enough to buy an 18th century Georgian dowager house and employ servants Sh'es afraid of ever being alone after dark Marries a younger man beneath her class love the British stuffiness about class who is so industrious he is said to work like a black She didn't want to do something beneath her because it would be rather infra dig for her ??? Cute and uaint little novel with a bit of excitement at the end