Monday, May 05, 2014

Reader's Diary #1119: Michael Graeme: A Daffodil for Eileen

In the notes at the end of "A Daffodil for Eileen," Michael Graeme writes that "tales of travellers finding a welcome in places which later turn out to have been long derelict are the subject of folklore and many a corny ghost story." True. Back in 2012, I wrote about Alison Weir's "Anniversary" which had a similar premise.

Despite this acknowledgement, Graeme doesn't shake it up at all. There's a love story add-on, but otherwise the cliche stands as it always has. It's fine if you haven't read such a story in a while (it's still a fun premise, even if it has been overdone) and an additional selling point is the dialogue. Before reading in the notes at the end that it was probably set in Scotland, I'd been guessing Ireland. In any case, Graeme captures a lilt that feels genuine and was a real pleasure to read. And hey, I wasn't far off.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I generally enjoy this sort of story, so will check this one out.