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Following on from Vera over at Unfiltered Tales, who was asked three questions by Kiersten, I am taking up the challenge to answer the three questions she threw out for anyone to join in on—partly because I had no post prepared for today, it’s a Bank Holiday Monday and we’re housebound due to rain. Shame you all cannot hear the thunder like we can!

Anyway, Vera’s questions to all of us were:

What character’s flaw irritates you?

Hmm there could be so many candidates for most irritating, but I would have to settle on Police Cadet Yvette Nichol, a character from Still Life, by Louise Penny. Who was so well written I began to detest her by the mid-point of the book. She’s arrogant and so self-absorbed to the point she ignores sound advice and takes everything as a personal insult. Worst of all, she’s deceitful on a level that is ultimately her downfall.

Louise Penny crafts this character to such a degree as to make Nichol get so under a reader’s skin, and makes you feel physically uncomfortable. At least, that’s how this character made me feel.

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first? And, of course, why?

Hmm if magic were real. But, but, it is real, isn’t it? Well, of course I think magic, I think Harry Potter and, of course, one of my favourite and misunderstood characters, Severus Snape. As to spells, well, Obliviate sounds the most fun, but for something useful, I’d go with Hermione’s favourite for opening things: Alohomora. You know, just because: bank vaults, biscuit tins.

What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave? (Yes, she seriously wanted to know!)

I’d like to know why I’d end up in a cave to begin with and being flippant about wanting to find a four-poster bed is fun, but the truth is, the anthropologist in me would love to find bones. Specifically, ancient career-defining bones. My kind of treasure — and you?


Okay, so my question to you is:

• If you could only read books from ONE author for the rest of your life. Who would you choose?

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