#1954 Club: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

While looking around for a book to read for The 1954 Book Club jointly hosted by Karen @ Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings and Simon @ Stuck in a Book , I came across this little-known book by Joseph Hayes. A look at the blurb and I knew that it was the source of a taut Hindi … Continue reading #1954 Club: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

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

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 (+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

Earthshaker: The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico (1969)

There are minor spoilers in this post so please consider yourself warned. Then why did hope persist? Why this upward striving, this eternal climbing by himself and these ill-assorted people, castaways in a floating tomb, the odds on whose chances for rescue were astronomical? A group of people, herded together because of some natural calamity … Continue reading Earthshaker: The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico (1969)

Five Mysteries of 1940

AUNT BEARDIE by JOSEPH SHEARING Joseph Shearing is one of the pseudonyms of prolific author, Margaret Gabrielle Vere Long, more popularly known by another pseudonym of hers, Marjorie Bowen. Last year, I read her gothic mystery, The Crime of Laura Sarelle, and was blown away. Determined to read more of her, I selected this novel … Continue reading Five Mysteries of 1940

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Shadow of Madness by Hugh Pentecost (1950)

One of the great pleasures of blogging, you'll all agree, is discovering new authors and books through fellow bloggers. Thus, I was delighted to read about this (completely unknown to me) book @ JetBlackDragonFly. "Unhappily, Dr. Smith, you have walked into a very complex situation." Dr. John Smith (who as I found out later is … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Shadow of Madness by Hugh Pentecost (1950)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: … And Presumed Dead by Lucille Fletcher (1963)

The shadows stretched their arms to her. They cried in broken voices, just beyond, always beyond. There was no end. The ultimate cruelty, the ultimate uncertainty remained. The Indo-Pak war of 1971 resulted in the creation of Bangladesh (till then the East wing of Pakistan) and was won by India. However, like any other victory … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: … And Presumed Dead by Lucille Fletcher (1963)

# The 1920 Club: E.P. Oppenheim’s The Great Impersonation

The year is 1920. Kaiser Wilhelm II has abdicated. The Treaty of Versailles has been imposed signed. Contours and colours of possession have changed across the globe. The sun still doesn't set over the British Empire. Time perhaps to put the past behind... The Prince of Storytellers, however, has different ideas. In 1920 comes his … Continue reading # The 1920 Club: E.P. Oppenheim’s The Great Impersonation

Forgotten Book: Black-Out in Gretley by J.B. Priestley (1942)

Already he was somewhere else, muttering explanations in a German I couldn't follow. Suddenly he smiled, as if they were all friends again wherever he was and had begun playing Mozart, and a minute later he was dead.I stared from one to the other of these dead Germans, so far from anything they really understood, … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Black-Out in Gretley by J.B. Priestley (1942)