The second of the Matthew Quinton series about a captain in the Restoration Navy. In this one he get's involved with Robert Holmes and a version of one of his River Gambia expeditions. About half the book is involved with Quinton's domestic problems, but I don't mind that.
This book held up to the promise of the first, and I shall carry on with the series. Holmes has just started the Second Anglo-Dutch War, so things will be livening up a little!
Arthur Conan Doyle, Tales of Unease
I mentioned this on my earlier post. As I've said, I'm a fan of Conan Doyle and his, under-rated non-Holmes stories.
These tales of the supernatural rate nicely with the RW Chambers ones I read earlier in the month, and although they don't reach the peak of MR James, are very good. Being Doyle, many of them touch on Spiritualism and many or the heroes are medical men, but there are two very good mummy stories, a satirical story about the electric chair (!!) and even a story (from 1913) about the perils of aviation. Well worth digging out if your interested in pre-Hollywood horror and ghost stories.
Peter Le Fevre and Richard Harding (edd), Precursers of Nelson: British Admirals of the Eighteenth Century
And I've continued with the series of biographical articles on Admirals of the long-C18th. I've now got up to Vernon and Hawke, so am on a little firmer ground that I was with the earlier ones.