Reviews

Invisible is a great thriller. I can’t say too much more about the plot because the twists and turns are the whole point of reading a book that wrong foots the reader at every turn . . . Christine Poulson kept me reading by giving out just enough information to intrigue and puzzle so that I had to read just one more chapter. That’s why, in the end, I just dropped everything else and read the last half of Invisible in one sitting.’

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How Pleasant to Meet Miss Pym

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Every week book shops are closing, so I feared the worst last week in Tunbridge Wells when I saw that the windows of Hall’s book shop were painted white and the bookshelves outside were gone. I was delighted though when I got a bit closer and saw a notice that announced that the shop was […]

My top five Agatha Christie’s

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Agatha Christie | 7 Comments

I’ll begin by saying right away that I am not suggesting that these are the five best Agatha Christie’s. I wouldn’t dare. I am not even saying that they were my favourites last week or would be next week. But right now I am choosing these as my desert island five (though even now at […]

It’s a crime . . .

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

We have lived in Sheffield for twenty years and until yesterday I have managed to avoid going to Meadowhall, Sheffield’s vast out of town shopping centre, except one occasion when I had to take our elder daughter to get some shoes not available elsewhere. Yesterday it was a similar story and I went with our […]

Summer Reading

The school holidays have started. I don’t expect to do much writing, but I plan to do plenty of reading. First on the list is my book group’s big read, Middlemarch, and I am so much looking forward to it. It’s a long time since I have reread it from cover to cover, and I’ll […]

Murder is Academic

Murder is Academic

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

My first novel is now available as an ebook at a much reduced price, so this would be good time to read it if you haven’t already. The whole series is now available quite cheaply. I’ve been asked more than once if I’ll write another Cassandra novel – in fact, I had a query today […]

Women of the World

Women of the World

I’ve done it again. I knew I’d enjoy Helen McCarthy’s new book, Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat, so I asked the London Library to acquire it. In due course they did and posted it to me. It’s a particular pleasure to be the first reader of a brand-new pristine copy […]

There Will be Cake

There Will be Cake

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in cake, Invisible, launch party | No Comments

The invitation to the launch of Invisible said ‘There will be cake’ and there was. Delicious cake and lots of it, made by my kind friends, Jo and Sarah. Here I am, wielding a large knife.   It was a beautiful summer’s evening. There was plenty of wine – supplied by my hospitable husband. My […]

A Sleepy Summer Sunday

A Sleepy Summer Sunday

Last week-end in Birmingham I had free time on the Saturday afternoon and I walked into Bourneville and visited Selly Manor, a Tudor manor house. There was hardly anyone else in the house and I had the charming garden completely to myself. I remembered another expedition over thirty years ago in my Birmingham days. On […]

Interviewing crime-writer Kate Ellis

Interviewing crime-writer Kate Ellis

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Kate Ellis | No Comments

Kate Ellis’s new novel, The Shroud Maker (she is so good at titles) has recently appeared in paperback. She kindly agreed to be interviewed on my blog. I began by asking her how she carves out time to write. What is her writing routine? Over to Kate: How do you carve out time to write? […]