Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Ambush Of My Name by Jeffrey Marks

Ulysses S. Grant, victorious general of the American Civil War has returned to his hometown of Georgetown, Ohio. With Andrew Johnson apparently struggling in the White House following Lincoln’s assassination, people are looking to Grant to stand for the Presidency. … Continue reading

Posted in Challenges, Historical Fiction Challenge, Historical Mysteries, Jeffrey Marks, Mystery Tour of the USA, Ulysses S. Grant | 8 Comments

The Eye of God by C L Grace aka Paul Doherty

A return to one of the more difficult to obtain series by Paul Doherty, namely the Kathryn Swinbrooke mysteries, set in Canterbury in the immediate aftermath of the Wars of the Roses. As we open this story, Kathryn, a physician … Continue reading

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My Kindle – A Review and Some Recommendations

It’s been nearly two months since I bought myself a Kindle, so I think it’s time to share my thoughts on the device and at the same time give a few recommendations as to bargains that can be snapped up … Continue reading

Posted in Alanna Knight, Bernadette Pajer, Bill Pronzini, Gaston Leroux, James Finn Garner, Kindle, Paul Doherty, Simon Brett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Tagged | 6 Comments

The Arsenic Labyrinth by Martin Edwards

Ten years ago, Emma Beswick left her lodgings in the Lake District and vanished without trace. In the present, a mysterious individual, Guy, returns to the Lakes after a ten year absence – and feels compelled to call a local … Continue reading

Posted in Kind and Scarlett, Martin Edwards | 10 Comments

Sherlockian Shorts – The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist

First published 1903, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist is the fourth story in the third collection of short stories, The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

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The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis

During an excavation of an Elizabethan merchant’s house, archaeologist Neil Watson discovers the bones of a new-born baby. His old friend Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in Tradmouth CID, finds parallels with one of his cases – the disappearance without a … Continue reading

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Support Your Local Bookshop Update

Regular readers may recall my ramblings about supporting local bookshops – time for an update. For anyone living in the North-West, particularly in Merseyside, I can heartily recommend Formby Books. Tucked into the back of the card shop Derbyshires, it … Continue reading

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The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

“Let us see, Mr Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be.” Poirot’s old compatriot Hastings has returned from Argentina, but when visiting his old friend, a message is delivered, signed ABC, warning of a murder in Andover on the … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Hearth by Philip DePoy

Fever (yes, that’s his name) has a university job in the folklore department (yes, they do exist), but, when the department closes, he heads back to his Georgia hometown. The son of a magician and a stripper (stick with it), … Continue reading

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Exit Stage Left by Adam Croft

Charlie Sparks used to be a big name in TV comedy, but is now reduced to doing token gigs in his local pub. But when he mysteriously drops dead on stage, mysterious stranger Kempston Hardwick investigates. Can he stay one … Continue reading

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