wrists, my ankles,
chains or freedom.
The grace: following
Painting: The raising of Lazarus (Mount
Sinai, 12th century).
Richardson did such an outstanding job with his first case and he was promoted
to Sergeant. He had caught the notice of the higher-ups in London’s Metropolitan
Police that he was promoted over several others who had been waiting far
longer. Beneficially for Richardson (who, apparently, has no first name), none
of his colleagues seem to hold a grudge; Richardson is as charming as he is
A murder occurs
in Hampstead; a maid is shot and killed one night during a burglary. Richardson
and his boss are drawn into the investigation. But there are too many odd
things connected to it, including what looks like an attempt to frame or
implicate a young naval officer whose uncle owns the home where the maid was
And then it
becomes even murkier. What possible connection could there be between a murder
case in suburban north London, a chicken farm near Hampstead, a rising young
member of Parliament taking ill during a speech, a society to help ex-convicts
find work, and even a missing parrot? But Richardson (assisted by his boss and
a lawyer for the naval officer) is on the case, and sees connections where his
colleagues see nothing.
Thomson was a prolific
writer, and the eight Inspector Richardson novels were written in the last
decade of his life. They’re the story of the meteoric rise of an ambitious
young policeman, who relies on deduction and scientific evidence (he even
carries an attaché case with him that contains fingerprinting inks and cards,
plaster for making models of footprints, and other tools considered standard today).
Richardson Scores Again is a
fine (and fun) example of the classic police procedural written during the height
of the Golden Age for mystery and detective novels. And you can be assured that
Richardson will get his man.
Top photograph: Charing Cross Road in
London in the 1930s. The street plays a role in Richardson Scores Again.
Up to a third or
more of the Bible is written as poetry, mostly in the Old Testament and certain
quoted passages in the New Testament. While the single largest “block” of
poetry is the Book of Psalms, one can also find poetry in the prophets, Genesis,
Exodus, Judges, the history books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, and several
The Song of
Solomon, one of the earliest love poems, notwithstanding, the poetry of
the Bible generally focuses on praise. The reasons for praise are many and
varied, but the poetry is largely poetry of praise. Consider the picture of
ancient Hebrews reciting poems and singing songs of praise to their God, often
in the midst of terrible trials and upheavals.
So it is with
Mary Harwell Sayler’s new poetry collection, Praise. These poems are not all about thanksgiving, but have a
broader reach and purpose. As Sayler says in the introduction, “Praise focuses
in Who God is, more than what God does. Praise pours out our love to the Lord.”
of 72 is divided into six parts – praise, prayers, Easter, creation, wonder,
and Christmas. And they are indeed a pouring out love for who God is. These
aren’t poems about deliverance from trials. The focus is more eternal than
|Mary Harrell Sayler|
As in this
example, Sayler consciously incorporates the title into each poem, and that’s
part of her purpose here – creating contemporary psalms. “Instead of titling
them with sequential numbers, as later editors had done to identify the biblical
Psalms, the first line of each poem became its title and an integral part of
its reading,” she says.
Praise achieves what it sets out to do – its poems individually
and collectively pour out love for who God is.
Top photograph by Andrew Small via Unsplash.