I have just finished Ruth Rendall's "Babes in the Wood". She is reputed to be one of the finest crime writers currently writing in England. Her detective, Inspector Wexford is a oldish policeman, who views the changes of modern life with a degree of irritation and dismay. He relies on his wife to work the Internet for him, and prefers books to television.
In this book, I particularly enjoyed two sentences.
"They have Moses and the prophets" says Wexford when he decides not to warn an ignorant character of the danger awaiting them.
I wondered how many readers would recognize that as a quote from Jesus' story of Lazarus and Dives.
"He performed a few tasks around the house making the beds and the coffee - now is that an example of zeugma, Giles?"
Giles grinned. 'No. It would be if you said, "making haste and the coffee". Yours is syllepsis.'
Now English grammar is one of my delights.
I enjoyed the book, though after James Elroy and Elmore Leonard it is a little parochial and cozy.
I have now started Brideshead and I know I am in for a treat.