Reviews

‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]

- SHOTS MAGAZINE

Emma Lathen: The Agatha Christie of Wall Street

This appears on the cover of one of her books. That might be pitching it a bit high, but I do agree that Emma Lathen is a very good read. She is one of those writers who is in fact two writers. This kind of joint venture mostly happens in the crime-writing world, though my […]

The Red Right Hand

The Red Right Hand

I’m surprised that I’d never heard of The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers (published 1945 and now available as e-book) until recently. What a novel! The author runs full tilt at the plot, pulling the reader along with him, and keeps going, the pace never slackening, until finally, finally, he skids to a […]

What a difference a day makes . . .

What a difference a day makes . . .

I’m reading with great pleasure David Kynaston’s Modernity Britain: Opening the Box 1957-59. There is a particular fascination in reading about the period when one’s parents were young and I have been gripped by Kynaston’s encyclopedic account of just two years in the 1950s, as I was by his earlier work, Family Britain, dealing with […]

Stoner by John Williams

‘[Stoner] felt himself at last beginning to be a teacher, which was simply a man to whom his book is true, to whom is given a dignity of art that has little to do with his foolishness or weakness or inadequacy as a man. It was a knowledge of which he could not speak, but […]

An annoying thing that publishers do

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 in advertising, Publishers, the last chapter | 2 Comments

There you are, racing towards the suspenseful climax of a crime novel, or maybe you’re enjoying it so much that you’re holding back a little, not wanting it to finish too soon. You gauge how much is left, at least a couple of chapters, time for one more stunning plot twist. But wait, what’s this? […]

Death on a Galician Shore

Death on a Galician Shore

I am not using my ereader as much as I did when I first had it. On the whole I do still prefer reading a real book, and tend to keep my ereader for travelling. However there is a very useful feature that I do often use, and that is the chapter-sampling. It is a […]

London Library and Henry Wade

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Henry Wade, London Library., Lonely Magdalen | No Comments

I said a few weeks ago that I was going to use the London Library more – and I have. I’ve blogged about a book I got out recently: The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels by Matthew Sweet. And, for my book group reading, there has also been Italio Calvino’s […]