Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Thirsty Evil by P.M. Hubbard (1974)

Author Ian Mackellar falls in love with Julia Mellors, very much at first-sight when they travel together on train. He then runs across her at a party and finds herself further fascinated by her. Though she is elusive, Mackellar somehow manages to track her down and finds her running a farm and looking after her … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Thirsty Evil by P.M. Hubbard (1974)

Short Notes: Death of a Sardine by Joan Fleming (1963)

Having taken his final exams at Oxford, Tom Warrington leaves for Portugal where his father, Brigadier Warrington, has set-up an opulent villa. Accompanying him is Oxford-mate, Meeth, a rather shabby and down-at-heels young man who arouses Tom's pity. Tom and his father share an uncomfortable relationship which is further accentuated when Tom reaches Portugal and … Continue reading Short Notes: Death of a Sardine by Joan Fleming (1963)

Two Post-War Novels by E.C.R. Lorac: Shroud of Darkness (1954) and The Last Escape (1959)

Shroud of Darkness, my favourite of Lorac read so far, begins with a train journey on a foggy night. Five strangers in a compartment reach London when one of them is coshed on the head and left for dead. As he has no identification-papers on him and his luggage etc has been stolen, Macdonald has … Continue reading Two Post-War Novels by E.C.R. Lorac: Shroud of Darkness (1954) and The Last Escape (1959)

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Two of My Favourite Poems

The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted @ LongandShortReviews and for this week we have been asked to cite our favourite poems, stories, or novellas. I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to share two of my favourite poems. The first is Spring and Fall by Jesuit priest and poet G.M. Hopkins (1844-1889), written in … Continue reading Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Two of My Favourite Poems

Two books by Joan Fleming: Miss Bones (1959) & The Chill and the Kill (1964)

I read Joan Fleming for the first time last year because the cover of her book, The Chill and the Kill, had me intrigued when I first read about the book at John Norris' iconic Pretty Sinister Books. The cover with its serpentine female figure reminded me of the Indian legend of the shape-shifting Nagins, … Continue reading Two books by Joan Fleming: Miss Bones (1959) & The Chill and the Kill (1964)

Death by Request by Katherine and Romilly John (1933)

The first thing that stuck me when I borrowed the book was that it was published by Hogarth Press. That was quite a shocker. Hogarth Press as all of us know was founded by Virginia and Leonard Woolf and I always assumed that it wound up its operation sometime in the middle of the twentieth … Continue reading Death by Request by Katherine and Romilly John (1933)

Short Notes: Black Beadle by E.C.R. Lorac (1939)

Conversations, conversations, and still more conversations. I don't think I have ever read a mystery in which there were so many conversations between the various characters. At times, it seemed Lorac was writing a Novel of Ideas rather than a mystery. And the situation is definitely serious. It is 1939 and the Jewish Question is … Continue reading Short Notes: Black Beadle by E.C.R. Lorac (1939)

#DDM ReadingWeeK: Daphne by Justine Picardie (2008)

People are often dismissive of librarians and libraries - as if the words are synonymous with boredom or timidity. But isn't that where the best stories are kept? Hidden away on the library bookshelves, lost and forgotten, waiting, waiting, until someone like me comes along, and wants to borrow them. In her fifties and about … Continue reading #DDM ReadingWeeK: Daphne by Justine Picardie (2008)

Short Notes: A Rooted Sorrow by P.M. Hubbard (1973)

After being away for five years, author Mike Hurst returns to his cottage in the village where all that had occurred. But what had occurred? That which made him flee the village in the first place. Yes, but what was it? Ah! But that's the story. Tormented by something that he chooses not to share … Continue reading Short Notes: A Rooted Sorrow by P.M. Hubbard (1973)

Shelf Control #2: Grimm’s Last Fairytale by Haydn Middleton

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa's choice for this week over here. My choice for this week: In September 1863, Jacob Grimm travels through rural western Germany with his devoted niece, Auguste, … Continue reading Shelf Control #2: Grimm’s Last Fairytale by Haydn Middleton