This book in the British Library Crime Classics series seemed to appear without a lot of fuss, which is a shame as I enjoyed it more than some other books which feature slow starts or a predictable answer. This opens very strongly, and there are elements of locked room mystery and thriller which kept my … More Calamity in Kent by John Rowland – a British Library Crime Classic
Who was Margaret the First? You may well ask, and unless you do some extra research this book will not really give you the biographical facts usually recited about this real person who endured exile and relative poverty as a result of Civil War and loss of royal favour. If you track this book down, … More Margaret the First, A Novel by Danielle Dutton
If the large number of Angela Thirkell novels now in paperback (not enough, Virago!) are a bit confusing, this early book may appeal. It is not the first in the series, but stands alone well (as most of the books do, really) and while it introduces and mentions characters that have a lot of involvement … More Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell and a few words on the new Lucy Worsley
This is a Golden Age Mystery not to be missed! Available from Dean Street Press, who have brought out some excellent murder mysteries, this marks the 1938 debut of a woman writer who is confident enough to make quite a lot of the female mystery writer in the book itself. One of the great things … More Knock, Murderer, Knock! by Harriet Rutland
This is the first book in the famous Shardlake series, and a worthy beginning to a set of books that have disturbed and created interest in this period. The reign of Henry VIII has been endlessly filmed, written about from the angle of each queen, examined for its change of church and state. It is … More Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
Today I am reviewing Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett and revealing Five Fascinating facts about him at Shiny New Books! The link is http://shinynewbooks.co.uk/clayhanger-by-arnold-bennett/ I’m hoping that works! Otherwise try http://shinynewbooks.co.uk/ In this edition of Shiny new books I review a reprint of Clayhanger as an immersive book of family and one man’s progress through life … More Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett at Shiny New Books!
This book was heavily marketed as being “The brand new Hercule Poirot”, the first authorised by the Agatha Christie estate. Sophie Hannah apparently came up with a plot idea that would cleverly echo the sort of complicated if not impossible case Poirot enjoyed. Even better, from the first chapter Poirot finds a personal connection as … More The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah