‘an intriguing read . . . keeps the reader guessing . . . a lot to enjoy in this romp through the Cambridge Commons . . . a strong sense of place and a narrative style that is both energetic and engaging.’ [Dead Letters]

- Margaret Murphy, SHERLOCK

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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