‘I opened this book with high expectations. They have been admirably fulfilled.  Here we have a stand alone thriller about two lonely people who pursue a relationship of monthly weekends together in remote spots.  Suddenly one of these two fails to get to the rendezvous-vous and the other realises how very limited her knowledge of her  companion is . . . Gradually the reader pieces together some of the facts as an atmosphere of rising tension envelops everything. The intelligent way Jay, Lisa and others plan their actions is enjoyable and the suspense of the tale is palpable.’


It’s a crime . . .

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

th_1fc34dab4bdaff02a3697e89cb8f30dd_connelly_GodsOfGuilt_TPWe 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 younger daughter. At first I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t seem as crowded as I remembered – apparently it’s worse on a Saturday -and I even spotted a Waterstones. But my pleasure was short-lived. When I actually went in, it was tiny. They didn’t have the book I wanted: too small to stock it. I did buy Michael Connelly’s latest, available half-price, but my prejudices were confirmed. Meadowhall is a temple to consumerism, mostly clothes and cheap jewellery – there is an M & S the size of a small country – yet it can’t support a decent-sized bookshop. It’s a shame.



  1. Carol
    July 23, 2014

    Ah, but compared to the US, the UK is a wonderland of bookshops. As you may know, one of our two large chains of bookstores went out of business a few years ago and the remaining one is struggling. Independent bookshops are disappearing at what seems a daily rate. The bargains and convenience of Amazon are too great a temptation for American readers..

    • Christine Poulson
      July 23, 2014

      I fear we are going the same way. I do make an effort to buy books in real bookshops, but Amazon is so convenient that it is a big tempation, particularly if you live some way from a bookshop, as I do.

  2. Carol
    July 23, 2014

    I’m afraid I use Amazon too. :0(

  3. Christine Poulson
    July 24, 2014

    A friend reckons to buy a book from a bookshop to match every one she buys from Amazon: a good idea.


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