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Thanks to Rob Kitchin who blogs at The View from the Blue House, I found yesterday Bernadette’s obituary, published in The Advertiser on 28/02/2018. And I thought it might be a good idea to reproduce it here, just in case some of her Internet friends would wanted to get to know it.

BEAN, Bernadette. Bernadette left us suddenly on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Beloved daughter of Bill and Maureen, sister of Damien and his wife Karen and doting aunt of Celeste and Alyssa. She also graced and impacted the lives of so many and will be missed by dear friends Trish and Fran. There will be a Celebration of Bernadette’s Life at her home on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers Bernadette would appreciate support of the Norwood Public Library.

bbinturkeyI met Bernadette on the blogosphere some eight years ago, shortly after I started blogging and I consider her a friend, even if we have never had the chance to meet each other face to face. I loved her book reviews and I always though she was quite a character, in the best sense of the word. She was a woman of strong convictions, who argued passionately, but always with respect. She was very zealous of her privacy, up to such an extent that few of us got to know her real surname. For many she was Bernadette in Oz (@BSquaredInOz‏) in tweeter and Bernadette Squared (Bsquaredinoz) in Facebook. Our meeting points were her own personal blog  Reactions to Reading and Fair Dinkum Crime, a blog she co-hosted together with another Adelaide-based crime fiction fan Kerrie Smith, who blogs at Mysteries in Paradise.  

I always loved her first profile picture, here attached, because as the saying goes, and image is worth a thousand words.

Rest in peace my dear friend, I’ll always remember you.

Read more about Bernadette:

Vale Bernadette at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist….

A Tip of the Hat to a Revered Blogger at ahsweetmysteryblog

A Sad Loss at Euro Crime

A Tribute to Bernadette in Oz at Fair Dinkum Crime

RIP Bernadette at Reactions to Reading at Clothes in Books

Why’d You Go, Bernadette? at The Rap Sheet

RIP Bernadette Bean, blogger at REACTIONS TO READING by Patricia Abbot (pattinase)

A tribute to Bernadette in Oz at Mrs. Peabody Investigates

A tribute to Bernadette at The View from the Blue House

My latest reads: The Feed, An Anatomy of a Scandal and A Fatal Drug at Crimepieces

Remembering Bernadette Bean at Australian Crime Writers Association

Vale Bernadette Bean by Sulari Gentill

Please let me know if you have written a blog entry about Bernadette and you would like it to be included here.

Read also

2012 AWW Challenge Wrap-up: Crime, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense by bernadetteinoz

Sleuthing and Sexuality by bernadetteinoz

Book Versus Adaptation: A Clubbable Woman – Reginald Hill by Bernadette Bean of Reactions to Reading from Australia


A Crime is Afoot: February 2018 Leisure Reading

leisure_readingFirst, books I read last January, whose reviews I posted later on:

The Case Of The April Fools (1933) by Christopher Bush (#9 in Ludovic Travers) (A)

Have Mercy on Us All, 2001 (Adamsberg #3) by Ferd Vargas (Tran: David Bellos) (A)

Secondly, books I read and reviewed during this month of February 2018:

Maigret’s Doubts, 1958 (Inspector Maigret #52) by Georges Simenon (Trans: Shaun Whiteside) (A+)

Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-1961, by Curtis Evans (Highly recommended)

Mystery in the Channel, 1931 (Inspector French #7) by Freeman Wills Crofts (A)

Maigret’s Mistake, 1953 (Inspector Maigret #43) by Georges Simenon (Trans: Howard Curtis) (A+)

And finally, books I’ve read or that I’m presently reading whose reviews I’ll be posting soon:

Death Makes a Prophet, 1947 (Superintendent William Meredith #11), by John Bude

This is How it Ends (2018) by Eva Dolan

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, 1940 (Hercule Poirot # 19) by Agatha Christie

Fortunately, the weather forecast for the coming days announces rains, the much needed rains, which will certainly help me finish the readings and reviews I still have  pending. Stay tuned.

Bernadette (at Reactions to Reading) In Memoriam


I’m truly desolated.

I’ve just heard that my online friend and fellow blogger Bernadette (at Reactions to Reading) has passed away.

May she rest in peace.

I’m sure her memory will always remain with us all, her blogging friends.

OT: Derain, Balthus, Giacometti. Friendship among artists

IMG_20180214_164556As from 1st February until 6th May 2018 Fundación MAPFRE Recoletos Hall in Madrid is hosting an exhibition that explores the friendship between three of the great artists of the 20th century: André Derain (1880-1954), Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (1908-2001) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). The visions of these three artists, never before contrasted, coincide in what must be demanded of a work of art. Far beyond the mutual admiration and sincere affection that bonded them throughout their lives, their profound agreement on aesthetic questions is the common thread running through this exhibition.

The exhibition, with around 240 exhibits, has generous support from numerous private collections and international institutions, with special attention being brought to: Fondation Giacometti, Paris; Musées d’Orsay and de l’Orangerie, Paris; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Nueva York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Musée Picasso, Antibes; Musée National Picasso, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Tate, London; Fondation Beyeler, Basilea and Kunsthaus, Zurich.

This exhibition, conceived by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris Musées, was organised with Fundación MAPFRE. Curated by Jacqueline Munck, Chief Curator at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.

With hindsight we can see that Derain, Balthus and Giacometti followed similar guidelines in their work, particularly in terms of their common outlook on the past of art.

The three share a powerful yearning for modernity, yet are passionately interested in painting’s history and the art of distant civilizations. They are fascinated by “the dark forces of matter” (Derain) and, in general, pay close attention to the “wonderful, unknown” reality before their eyes (Giacometti).

In 1920, when he returned from the front, Derain was an extremely successful artist. After being one of the most important among the Fauvists, that movement which had created art based on pure, bright colours at the turn of the century, his look turned to tradition and the secrets of painting, focussing his attention on the realist style which is known as the “Byzantine Style”.

In the early 1930’s Alberto Giacometti and Balthus, two artists from a younger generation, were fascinated by this “different” Derain, radically new but respecting art from the past. A good friendship grew between the three during their visits to studios and conversations, which was consolidated at successive meetings and projects. Through Derain’s painting and sculpture arose a true friendship between the three, based on reciprocal admiration which Balthus and Giacometti talked about throughout their lives, since Derain was the first to die, and the oldest and reference point in this relationship.

Source: Fundacion Mapfre





OT: Gerry Rafferty Baker Street Long Version

Read more about the disputed history behind Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit here