Category Archives: Challenges

My Targets For 2014

So we trundle gently into 2014 and the fourth year of the blog and, as ever, it’s time to set myself a target for the year. It’s inspired by my recent post of authors that I’ve managed to ignore for … Continue reading

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Seeing Is Believing by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

A simple experiment in hypnotism to prove that you cannot make someone act against their nature. A woman is hypnotised and given a gun that she believes is real and asked to kill her husband. As expected, Vicky Fane cannot … Continue reading

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International Booksellers’ Week, The Puzzly for June 2012 and more!

It’s Independent Booksellers’ Week in the UK from 30th June to 7th July and what better excuse to plug my local Independent Bookseller again, along with an upcoming event that any fan of crime-writing is going to want to go … Continue reading

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The Ten Teacups aka The Peacock Feather Mystery by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

At the start of the year, I set myself some challenges – one of which was to keep working on my Ellery Queen and Sir Henry Merrivale pages. Well, in the course of the five months to date, I’ve manage … Continue reading

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Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal

Well, I’ve spoken before about misleading blurbs, but this one on Kindle takes the biscuit. Let me quote: “Roman Britain in 91 AD is a raw frontier province, a troublesome part of the mighty Empire ruled by Domitian Caesar. Tension … Continue reading

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The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner aka Jennifer Ashley

London, 1816. Captain Gabriel Lacey, wounded in the Peninsular Wars – those blasted Frenchies again – stumbles upon the beginnings of a riot outside number 22 Hanover Square, where a man is demanding the return of his daughter. It seems that … Continue reading

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The Affair Of The Bloodstained Egg Cosy by James Anderson

In the interval between the Wars, a crucial undercover peace talk is taking place at the family seat of Lord Burford, Alderley. A high society jewel thief, the Wraith, is on the prowl. A suspiciously large collection of guns is … Continue reading

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