Novels and Amber Alert and MILK CARTONS – Thirty and more years, since the 1980s milk cartons have spoken in kitchens of children's misfortunes. The internet now provides Amber Alert.
The novel I am reading right now is a re-read of a third volume in a mystery series, The Ruth Galloway series. By Elly Griffiths. The House At Sea's End, in its scope, also speaks out about children's misfortunes as it continues an exploration of an ancient history of archeological finds in Norfolk, England.
The books' mild, forgiving approach, an approach of moderation in appeal, shape a character study of the earliest realities of a single mother and her child. As a reader, I am made aware (The trap is set.) as the father initiates a rendezvous, near the time of the child's first birthday. The single mother is a forensic archaeologist.
The series includes organic literary references; at one point, in a rowboat, Arthur Ransome's name rises. Or the characters' goings about feel like Shakespeare's characters lost in a forest. A new volume in the series is out and before I read it I wanted to re-read to remind myself of this story. I think the Norfolk, England archaeology setting, the kind approach to the characters, and the stresses of our times make the mystery series important.