Crammed together: Nine Books

My to-be-reviewed pile for 2022 is long and toppling over. Before I forget all about the books, here are just a couple of lines about nine of them. So in no particular order: Death of a Hollow Man (1987): I had enjoyed Caroline Graham's The Killings at Badger's Drift, the first in her Inspector Barnaby's … Continue reading Crammed together: Nine Books

Halloween Horror: The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr (1972)

It is 1896. Christopher 'Kit' Farrell arrives in London after years in the US where working as a newspaper-reporter, he had covered the civil war. His destination is Hotel Langham where he is supposed to meet old chum, Nigel Seagrave. Seagrave, an explorer, had been given up for dead in Africa soon after his marriage … Continue reading Halloween Horror: The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr (1972)

Short Notes: Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael (1978)

I discovered author Harry Carmichael last year and he immediately went on that list of authors whose books I pick up without thinking twice. Dr Andrew Wingate finished his evening surgery on an overcast Monday in June and after having asked his receptionist to go home too as she was unwell, proceeded to make home-calls … Continue reading Short Notes: Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael (1978)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Hunt the Slipper by Henry Cecil (1977)

Harriet and Graham have been happily married for twenty years when one fine day, Graham doesn't return from his office. A worried Harriet thinks of all kind of scenarios but when a month later, she receives a cheque of 100 pounds from a firm of solicitors with a letter explaining that she'd receive a similar … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Hunt the Slipper by Henry Cecil (1977)

Murder on Campus: An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill (1971)

Last year I read my first Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman and enjoyed it tremendously but it has taken me more than a year to read the second outing of Hill's detective duo. Holm Coultram College is facing some very rough weather. First a student, Anita Swell, who had been suspended from the college because … Continue reading Murder on Campus: An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill (1971)

Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

This week in Top Ten Tuesdays hosted @That Artsy Reader Girl, we have been asked to name top ten (or more or less) new authors whom we discovered last year. Well, last year I read a host of new authors from those whom I made a special point to read like Reginald Hill and Shelley … Continue reading Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

#1976 Club: Another Death in Venice by Reginald Hill

Since the time I finished my first Reginald Hill at the beginning of the year, I had been planning to read another book of his but somehow never got round to it. The 1976 book club, hosted by Simon @ Stuck in a Book and Karen @ Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings, has now given me the … Continue reading #1976 Club: Another Death in Venice by Reginald Hill

The More it Unravells…Death Trap by Harry Carmichael (1970)

Harry Carmichael is one of the pseudonyms employed by British crime writer and journalist, Leopold Horace Ognall (20 June 1908 – 12 April 1979). I was surprised to read that he had published more than 90 novels because before reading this book I had heard of him only vaguely and had no idea that he … Continue reading The More it Unravells…Death Trap by Harry Carmichael (1970)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill (1970)

In a post that I did last year regarding the series that I wanted to begin reading, I mentioned Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe series. It had been on my reading radar for several years and I had even picked up their first book a couple of years back at a book fair. From the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill (1970)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Eighty Dollars to Stamford by Lucille Fletcher (1975)

"Now, will you please take me. Please, David." Her voice broke. "I can't delay a moment longer....it's a matter of life and death." David Marks is a haunted man. Six months ago, while walking home, his wife died in front of him: victim of a hit-and-run accident. Now Marks lives to take his revenge against … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Eighty Dollars to Stamford by Lucille Fletcher (1975)