Review: Here We Are by Graham Swift

This book won the Booker Prize in 1996. 'Here We Are' is short (195 pages in medium font size) and gentle. The setting is Brighton and the summer of 1959, immediately before the whirlwind that was the 1960s blew in and 'modern life' begun. Magician Ronnie and his assistant Evie are performing in variety on... Continue Reading →

Review: Collected Ghost Stories by M R James

This book took me a long time to read, about two months, although I read others in between. From that, you can deduce that it didn't set me on fire - and certainly didn't scare me - but, like Magnus Magnussen, I started so I finished. M R James's Ghost Stories are regarded as a... Continue Reading →

Review – Beauty and the Deceased

About Beauty and the Deceased Resale Boutique Mystery (Cosy Mystery) 4th in SeriesPublisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Press (December 14, 2021)Paperback ‏ : ‎ 191 pagesISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1516111036 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516111039Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B092LH3FBZ Kelly Quinn owns and runs a high class consignment ('good as new/ 'nearly new') clothes... Continue Reading →

Review – Covid 19: An Extraordinary Time

An anthology edited by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt and Gill James. This work contains 76 pieces, mostly very short but some longer, featuring the first three months of the Covid Pandemic, some short stories, some flash, some poetry and others where the author just described how he/she was feeling and what he/she was experiencing during March, April,... Continue Reading →

Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs

Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs About Twisted Tea Christmas Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery) Cozy Mystery 22nd in Series Setting - South Carolina Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (October 5, 2021) Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593200861 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593200865 Digital... Continue Reading →

Two French Detectives…

Last week found me reading two very different French detectives: Maigret and the Lost Girl by Georges Simeon and The Dying Season by Martin Walker. What had they in common, apart from their Frenchness? Nothing, except that these books were chosen for the September meeting of the St Andrew's Book Club, which I missed through... Continue Reading →

Book Review Catch-up

I thought I had posted this some time ago. I'm ready to do the next post now... but better late than never! One of the things I’ve been doing, instead of reviewing, is making jam. The jam above is blackberry and apple jam. Today I made apricot jam and plum and apple jam. As I’m... Continue Reading →

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