Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Beginning: Fallen into the Pit


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The war ended, and the young men came home, and tried indignantly to fit themselves into old clothes and old habits which proved, on examination, to be both a little threadbare, and on trial to be cripplingly small for bodies and minds mysteriously grown in absence.

Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters. First published in 1951, this is the first in Peters's Inspector Felse series. She is also the author of the popular Brother Cadfael series of Medieval mysteries.

Peters won the Edgar Award for the second book in the Felse series, Death and the Joyful Woman (1963), and I want to read that one for the Silver version of the 2016 Vintage Mystery Challenge. But it is hard for me to read a series out of order, so I am starting with this one.


  1. That is a beautiful beginning. I think I will be thinking about clothes and habits too small for returning soldiers for a long time. And I also can't start a book series with number 2. Has to be #1. Enjoy!

  2. I like this beginning - I think it's very descriptive of what happens to young men who come back from war - they are uncomfortable in their old clothes and lives.

  3. I've heard of the author's other series and would definitely like to try it out. :)

  4. Hi Gilion,

    I don't know why I have never afforded this author the same status as the likes of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, authors of the same generation, whom I read so avidly in my youth. I have read one or two of the stand alone novels Ellis Peters wrote under her own name of Edith Pargeter, but never any she penned under any of her many pseudonyms.

    Those poignant and touching opening lines have really piqued my interest though and I shall definitely be making an effort to catch up with some more of this author's books.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting, enjoy your weekend :)


  5. I can't even imagine starting a series which started back in the 1950s. Wow.

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  6. Ellis Peters was one of my favorite authors from the time when I read books for grown-ups! Enjoy!


  7. Don't think I've ever read anything by Peters. Have a great weekend.

  8. I love this mystery series. Enjoy.

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  10. Hi Gillion,
    Sounds like a good book. Never heard of this series. I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!

  11. ah, I love the Cadfael series! Let me know if she's as good in this one

  12. I had the incorrect link in my other comment. :)

    Excellent the cover.

    ENJOY your reading weekend.

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  13. Sounds interesting. Although I have to say, I'm having trouble even pronouncing the word, "cripplingly." :)
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  14. I'm with you on reading the series out of order. I think I may get hives when that happens. (J/K).

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