Having enjoyed reading and writing about Dashiell Hammett I've gone to the opposite extreme and have very much enjoyed reading Ada Leverson's The Little Otleys - and look forward to more Leverson. What a really lovely writer! - great friend of Oscar Wilde - befriended him in his great crisis, lodged him during the trials and met him when he came out of prison; apart from which a great wit with wonderful insight into the relationship between the sexes. Plus, extremely enjoyable to read. Indeed, a lot of these now ignored women lovelists of the late Victorian and early Edwardian period are really worth reading. Bruce and Edith, the little Otleys, are a marvellously drawn couple, both comic and rather melancholy. Great stuff.