Wrap-Up: Virtual Mount TBR Challenge

I have successfully completed the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge for 2022, hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. My goal was Mount Crumpit which means I had to read 24 books not owned by me. I read far more than that but here are the thirty I reviewed too. Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael The … Continue reading Wrap-Up: Virtual Mount TBR Challenge

#1929 Club: The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne

British author, Molly Thynne had long been on my reading radar but it was a compelling review by my blogging friend, Rekha [Check out her wonderful blog @ The Book Decoder] that finally pushed me into reading her. When the novel begins, we are aboard The Enriqueta, a luxury-liner, on its way from Buenos Aires … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne

#1929 Club: The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Though I have read a couple of Josephine Tey's Alan Grant novels, the #1929 club being hosted by Simon and Karen gave me an excellent opportunity to read his first case. A widely popular stage show is winding up in a week and crowds are thronging to the theatre to see the beautiful actress Ray … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

#1929 Club: The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Major Henry Owston, demobbed, without any job or financial security and definitely bitter is counting his last pennies when he reaches Breezeley Mansion, a sinister looking mansion somewhere in the backwaters. Carrying a letter of introduction and his last hopes, he presents himself before wheelchair user Martin Hews, the master of the house. Hews surprises … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966)

I have recently joined a reading group @ Goodreads that is into reading detective fiction of a vintage hue. One of the books selected for January was Catherine Aird's The Religious Body. Since Aird had been on my reading radar for long and this is the first of her Sloan & Crosby series, I jumped … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966)

#BlackHistoryMonth #ReadIndies Murder in G Major and Spare Room

Usually my reading depends merely on my moods but this month I made it a point to pick up books written by Black authors. Coincidently both of them turned out to be published by independent publishers. Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon This book began in a fantastic manner. Gethsemane Brown, an accomplished violinist … Continue reading #BlackHistoryMonth #ReadIndies Murder in G Major and Spare Room

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Day of the Arrow by Philip Loraine (1964) #ReadIndies

Upcoming Scottish painter, James Lindsay, runs into Francoise de Montfaucon, Marquise de Bellac, and wife of Philippe de Montfaucon, Marquis de Bellac, in Paris. Once he had been hopelessly in love with her and had even proposed to her repeatedly but she had married the titled nobleman who had been friend and room-mate of James. … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Day of the Arrow by Philip Loraine (1964) #ReadIndies

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)

Japanese Literature Challenge: The Dark Maidens by Rikako Akiyoshi (2013)

Thanks to Tracy K @ Bitter Tea and Mystery, I came to know of the three-months long Japanese Literature Challenge being hosted @ Dolce Belleza . As I have a few Japanese books on my wishlist/ TBR, I decided to join the challenge. The premise of Dark Maidens is certainly intriguing. Teen-aged school girls - … Continue reading Japanese Literature Challenge: The Dark Maidens by Rikako Akiyoshi (2013)

Top Ten (+3) Tuesdays: Books I got in 2021 but couldn’t read

Top Ten Tuesdays is a hugely popular weekly meme @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic involves listing ten (or more) 2021 releases that one was excited about but couldn't read. I have twisted it a little and made a list of thirteen books that I got last year and wanted to read but … Continue reading Top Ten (+3) Tuesdays: Books I got in 2021 but couldn’t read