Elizabeth: A Series of Thoughts

This rose bush is an agile climber.

First off, I mentioned on Friday that my climbing roses were attempting to take over the house and a photo was requested.

Far be it from me to refuse a polite request, so here is a snapshot of my ambitious climbing rose reaching for the sky.  I trim it twice a month during the growing season (which is most of the year), but otherwise ignore it.  Apparently, that is just what is needed, since it grows and blooms consistently.

Now, on to today’s topic.

In Sunday’s Cast of Thousands post, Jilly talked wrapping up a series and balancing drawing the series to an exciting and satisfying conclusion against giving all of the characters one final time in the spotlight.  Not surprisingly, opinions were varied, though I think we probably all were in agreement about the need for a strong complete story.

Here’s a close-up of one of the new blooms

The post got me to thinking about series in general and about the current series I just finished reading in particular.

Ngaio Marsh wrote 32 books featuring the charming Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Allyen, a gentleman detective.   Although there is no over-arching plot that spans the books, it is a series in that the books move sequentially through time and have a specific order.

The first book in the series was published in 1934 and the last in 1982.   While the stories don’t cover quite that long a time span, they do cover quite a bit. Continue reading