The Shape Of Sand

The Shape Of Sand Life at Charnley was blessed or at least so it seemed to the Jardine children But one night their dreams of a propitious future suddenly come crashing down when a family scandal catapults them into t

  • Title: The Shape Of Sand
  • Author: Marjorie Eccles
  • ISBN: 9780749083991
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life at Charnley was blessed, or at least so it seemed to the Jardine children But one night their dreams of a propitious future suddenly come crashing down when a family scandal catapults them into the headlines.Nearly four decades pass and the Second World War is won, but still the exact events of that fateful night remain unknown However, when builders working on CharLife at Charnley was blessed, or at least so it seemed to the Jardine children But one night their dreams of a propitious future suddenly come crashing down when a family scandal catapults them into the headlines.Nearly four decades pass and the Second World War is won, but still the exact events of that fateful night remain unknown However, when builders working on Charnley uncover a shoebox stuffed full of old letters, photographs, and a diary, it finally seems as though some of the answers are within reach.The clue to unraveling the affair lies in a voyage to Egypt undertaken by Beatrice eleven years before her disappearance With the help of her old diary, Beatrice s three daughters set about uncovering the truth But when the mummified body of a brutally murdered woman is discovered in the ruins of their old home, they have a whole new set of questions.Beautifully written, evoking the life of the Edwardian upper classes, bomb scarred, post war England, and the sultry Egyptian landscape, The Shape of Sand proclaims the incomparable talent of this great author.

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    1. 4 1/2 starsThis book was an unexpected pleasure. It had been sitting on my shelf for the past 2 months, completely neglected, because I was reading “feel-good” books that revolved around the Christmas holidays. I actually had forgotten all about it, and almost did not get around to reading it before it was due back to the library. I picked it up and starting reading it “blind”, not really knowing what the book was about. Thank goodness I had not read the blurb on the book jacket (and had [...]

    2. the shape of sand, like life, is whatever we wish it to be.And later in the book, when nearly everyone is hiding something, or suspecting something awful the sand obscures the shape of whatever lies beneath it.I really enjoyed this novel. There were lots of plausible suspects, and such a vivid description of life in 1910 and 1946 England.

    3. Great character development an absorbing plot. A suspense novel set in post WWII Britain. In 1946, when Harriet Jardine receives a cardboard box of letters and notebooks found during the demolition and remodeling of Charnley, her family's former country house, she knows that she and her two sisters will have to face memories they would rather leave alone—in particular, their mother's disappearance decades earlier after an elaborate birthday party. Determined to seek out the truth, Harriet and [...]

    4. This is exactly the kind of guilty pleasure I love curling up with on a rainy day: a proper mystery firmly grounded in all things English. The multiple POVs keep the story interesting; the characters are crafted with the real flaws of real people; the mystery is intriguing without crass shock value. I spent a lot of time in my childhood reading my older relatives mysteries from the '40s and '50s; this is a nice throw-back to those sensibilities.

    5. I had read this book in 2008 and remember loving it. I didn't think it quite went to a 4 star level but it was an incredibly sad mystery.

    6. Interesting historical mystery. I enjoy a slow character driven story and thought the characters were extremely well drawn.

    7. On the plus side, Eccles writes well, and her descriptions of places and people are detailed and evocative of the time and setting. The plot was also suspenseful and intriguing. But this felt dated, as if an undiscovered manuscript from years ago in the Agatha Christie style. A little too much time and energy spent naming plants, scents, and detailed descriptions of home interiors ad nauseum. And somehow, with the exception of the police, every other eligible man or woman in the book it seemed h [...]

    8. I had high hope for this book as it held my attention but then they just wrapped it up in the last 20 pages and it ended. It went from 4 stars to 3 stars at that point.

    9. In 1946 London, a forty-year-old mystery comes back to haunt sisters Harriet, Vita, and Daisy Jardine after the remains of a body are found within the walls of their family's previous home, the palatial estate of Charnley. Flashing between Edwardian and post-WW2 England & Egypt, THE SHAPE OF SAND unravels what really happened to the sisters' mother Harriet, who disappeared after her birthday party in 1910. Journals of her trip to Egypt shed light on the subject, but figuring out the truth fo [...]

    10. The premise of this story is quite simple, in that in 1910, after a lavish country house birthday party, Beatrice Jardine's family are horrified to discover she has run away with an exotic Egyptian visitor she met ten years before.Of course the truth is far more complicated, and the events of the past are teased out with contrived slowness, combined with the emotions of the present which can be distracting in parts, but which made me feel this author’s deep and insightful writing requires clos [...]

    11. A unique story taking place pre WWI and 40 years later. When I started reading it, I wasn't sure I was going to finish it because the first part of the book was full of information about the family members and friends and I skimmed it to get to the actual incident hinted at. But then it got interesting and I realized that I missed some clues, so I went back and reread parts. I'm a reader who likes to be pulled into the story a bit quicker, but by the time I got to the last half I was hooked. The [...]

    12. "Life at Charnley was blessed, or at least so it seemed to the Jardine children. But one night their dreams of a propitious future suddenly come crashing down when a family scandal catapults them into the headlines. Nearly four decades pass and the Second World War is won, but still the exact events of that fateful night remain unknown. However, when builders working on Charnley uncover a shoebox stuffed full of old letters, photographs, and a diary, it finally seems as though some of the answer [...]

    13. In the style of Agatha Christie mysteries with a cast of characters and a plot that moves two steps forward and one step back and slowly exposes all to the reader ,til the ultimate and surprising resolution. At the heart of the murder mystery is the English manor and the disfunctional family within, whose secrets and sins were hidden from themselves and each other for decades. Add the backdrop of WWI and the exotic Egyptian connection, the tale of the khamsin wind storm that obscures and shapes [...]

    14. I think this is my first book by Marjorie Eccles. The Shape of Sand is an absorbing mystery that keeps you reading and does not give away any clues to its solution, even at the end of this particular story. Eccles has a firm grasp of the life style of the Edwardian upper class and of post-war England, and of the Egyptian culture. I am anxious to read more of this author.

    15. Lovely British mystery, well written, nice characters, and a sufficiently juicy plot --about a disappearing society lady who seemed to be hiding some secrets from her trip to Egypt-- to propel my reading late into the night. I'll look for Eccles again.

    16. I'm giving up. It wasn't bad, it just didn't really grab my interest. I was over 100 pages in before it felt like anything happened, and by then I was kind of bored. It didn't help that the chapters are really long and the text is crammed onto the pages -- it made for tiring reading.

    17. Absolutely wonderful! Not just your standard read-it-and-forget-it crime novel - this has vivid characters, an absolutely sad story, that nevertheless grows out of the characters, and is wholly believable. Well worth it

    18. The mystery of the murder of Beatrice Jardine just couldn't hold my interest. It was ok, but I just didn't feel compelled to keep reading. Had it not been a library book, I could've set it down and not looked at it again for months.

    19. This is a delightful, old-fashioned murder mystery, with subtle characterisation, a wealth of period detail, and a real feel for the Edwardian & post war eras. The sense of menace was nicely developed, and the pace really picked up through the latter half of the book.

    20. Enjoyable mystery set between the two world wars featuring people with more money than sense. Guessing the murderer was fun.

    21. I liked the shifting time frames, points of view and style. Set in post-WW2 England, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age even in middle age.

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