The Chapel at the End of the World by Kirsten McKenzie

On the face of it, this book would seem to have a limited potential audience as the Chapel mentioned is a tiny building on Orkney. Having said that, the themes in this book are much more international and timeless. It is the story of men and women at war, prisoners on an island, and betrayal … More The Chapel at the End of the World by Kirsten McKenzie

The Warden by Anthony Trollope – A simple classic

As literary classics go, this is a remarkably short book. It is not complicated, and the issue it covers seems to be a minor, parochial problem. In Trollope’s hands the problem is explored from a variety of viewpoints, each embodied by a memorable, well realised character. The setting, a cathedral and those who live and … More The Warden by Anthony Trollope – A simple classic

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer

Occasionally I enjoy reading a book that will probably never be described as a classic, but is a really enjoyable light read, especially for the holiday season. This contemporary murder mystery is a loving evocation of the life and times of Whitstable, particularly at Oyster Festival time. I do not know Whitstable at all, being … More The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer

Who Killed Charmain Karslake? by Annie Haynes – A real Crime Classic

Another Dean Street Press find, reprinted as a classic murder mystery. I was glad to get a review copy of this model murder mystery, with all the great ingredients; a great house, a murder, a house party and observant servants. Add in a local investigation in a village full of vividly described characters, the glamour … More Who Killed Charmain Karslake? by Annie Haynes – A real Crime Classic

The Stranger from the Sea – Winston Graham (Poldark 8) – And Poldark confusion

This is a book set some ten years after the exhausting events of the previous Poldark book, and the sadness and a little of the frustration still simmers between Ross and Demelza. Perhaps this would explain why he is away from Cornwall yet again, though at least this gives him opportunity to bring up to … More The Stranger from the Sea – Winston Graham (Poldark 8) – And Poldark confusion