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)

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)

Friday Forgotten Book of Summer: The Strange Blue Yawl by Lucille Fletcher (1964)

John Waldo Leeds lives with his beautiful young wife Mary in a remote cottage near the mouth of the Chesapeake, trying to work on his musical compositions (he has earlier tried to be a racing-car driver and a painter) when their blissful existence comes crashing down with a scream. One night, even as John has … Continue reading Friday Forgotten Book of Summer: The Strange Blue Yawl by Lucille Fletcher (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)

Shelf Control #6: The Dry by Jane Harper (2016)

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. A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper. In the grip of the worst … Continue reading Shelf Control #6: The Dry by Jane Harper (2016)

Rustling in the Dark: The Black Lady by Conyth Little (1943)

"By the time Dodson gets here in his slow-motion vehicle," he muttered, "we'll be a bunch of maniacs." Marina Hays is invited to spend a weekend at their country-home by her friends, Elizabeth and Marge Packett. Also invited is another friend, Gert. The four are met at the station by Randall, the brother of the … Continue reading Rustling in the Dark: The Black Lady by Conyth Little (1943)

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)

Shelf Control #4: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

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. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was bestselling author Marina Lewycka's bestselling debut novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide. Lewycka tells … Continue reading Shelf Control #4: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

#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)