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
Apologies for my recent silence. We had to return to the Northern home lands for various reasons, but we managed to fit in a visit to Barter Books. This wondrous shop was holding onto a copy of a Winifred Peck book that I had found on their catalogue, and I found another one on the … More The Lark by E. Nesbit
Crimson Snow, yet another British Library Crime Classic, a collection of stories with a Christmas theme, is a good read at this time of year. None of the stories here are so Christmas based that they cannot be read during the winter. The characteristic they all share is that they are all ingenious, whether short or … More Crimson Snow -A British Library Crime Classic for Christmas
I have been quiet recently on the posting front as we have been away for a few days in Kent, visiting places like Hampton Court where we heard a great lecture by Tracy Borman on the Private Lives of the Tutors. We acquired ( by some quick work on Northernvicar’s part,) a signed copy of … More Knole -A Place with a Past, and now a bookshop!
I was really pleased to get a review copy of this book, another long awaited short story collection by that much undervalued writer of the twentieth century, Dorothy Whipple. If you have ever looked at the Persephone collection of books, which now number 120, you will have heard of the great Dorothy Whipple. They now … More Every Good Deed and Other Stories – Dorothy Whipple – a new Persephone!
This is a book which most people would enjoy hugely. I read it in a Slightly Foxed Edition, but I am sure that it is easily available in many versions. It provided the basis for the recent tv version, which I haven’t seen yet, but will definitely try to now. There are three elements of … More My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
Kate Shakleton. Masie Dobbs. Brother Michael and the physician Matthew. Lady Emily…. There are so many series of detective novels set in Victorian times, Medieval times, the interwar period that it can be a difficult and expensive job to keep up with them all. Many focus on women as detectives, writing about women who either … More Behind the Shattered Glass – Tasha Alexander. Reading the series….