Two Mysteries by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole

The Coles, Margaret and her husband Douglas, were activists and intellectuals who wrote on weighty subjects but also wrote some 30+ mysteries. Over the years since I first read them, I have read a few more of their books but have been amiss in reviewing them. This week, however, I finished two more of their … Continue reading Two Mysteries by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Two Books by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell

I have been facing a major blogging block but now the review pile has grown so big that I must really start writing or else... Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell are new authors for me. Little information is available on the duo except that both worked at the BBC, Marvell's real name was Eric Mashwitz, … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: Two Books by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell

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

(Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Then a dispute arose between d’Arlon, his wife, and Émile. There were six of us, including Émile, who were supposed to share the table. But seven settings had been laid.Émile claimed he had taken the number of place settings prepared by his mistress. She claimed to have laid out the correct number. According to John … Continue reading (Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Poison in the Parish by Milward Kennedy (1935)

Miss Tomlin's body is exhumed six months after she died thanks to vicious rumours going round the village. O perhaps not merely rumours for the body is found to be full of arsenic. The Chief Constable asks his friend, the physically challenged Francis Antony to dig around a little so that they can find the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Poison in the Parish by Milward Kennedy (1935)

The Last Days of Weimar Republic: Christopher Isherwood’s Mr. Norris Changes Trains

I have a fascination for books that have train journeys in them. So when I discovered a book that began with a train journey, I simply had to read it.“Never mind. Never mind. In this brief life, one cannot always be counting the cost.”William Bradshaw is a young English man making his way to Germany … Continue reading The Last Days of Weimar Republic: Christopher Isherwood’s Mr. Norris Changes Trains