The blog "A Penguin a week": Karyn, a PhD student in Perth and a collector of vintage Penguins, reads and writes about them. She is particularly fond of Golden Age Mysteries (Michael Innesis a favorite) and forgotten writers of light humor and fiction ( Gabriel Chevallier (?) and Angela Thirkell).
When I dream of withdrawing from the world, my imagined retreat looks something like this. In fact, were I a believer, my vision of the afterlife would look something like this.
I was amused by this quote she gives from Innes, describing the works of his detective novelist hero:
The supernatural has no known rules, and nowadays we are comfortable only with rules. If we are to play our stereotyped games or make our engines work or keep fit we must follow the rules. Mr Eliot's later books are successful because everything is subject to rules which the reader knows. There is generally a puzzle which the reader can solve by means of the rules - and that implies that in the little universe of the book the reader is master. The books - though the reader is hardly aware of it - cater for the need of security. Real life is horribly insecure because God is capable of keeping a vital rule or two up his sleeve and giving us unpleasant surprises as a result.