"AT FIRST FATHER'S UNACCUSTOMED WORDS CAME slowly and hesitantly--jerking into reluctant motion like rusty freight cars on the railway. But then, picking up speed, they soon smoothed out into a steady flow".
(p.178) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley
(this debut mystery is so very good --be sure to read this!)
pub date 5/5/2009 ; received for review - Shelf Awareness/Delacorte Press