Last Read of 2017: Clockwork or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman

"And once you've wound up a clock, there's something frightful in the way it keeps on going at its own relentless pace. Its hands move steadily round the dial as if they had a mind of their own. Tick, tock, tick, tock!"A Very Happy 2018 to all.Oh and the book: Deliciously creepy.*First Line: In the … Continue reading Last Read of 2017: Clockwork or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman

American Superhero: Coup D’etat by Ben Coes

To the author, Ben Coes, to be an American is to belong to the Master Race. Period. Superhuman strength; Always right; No doubts, no dilemmas; Always on Top. The only people who can come (somewhat) close to the Americans are the Israelites. The rest are wimps, nincompoops, bunglers, cowards, traitors, avaricious, and brutes. Actually this … Continue reading American Superhero: Coup D’etat by Ben Coes

Forgotten Book: Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert

Of late, writer and lawyer, Michael Gilbert has been a lot over the blogosphere. Yvette @insomanywords did a series of posts on him and then Margot Kinberg @ Confessions of a Mustery Novelist turned the spotlight on his first novel, Close Quarters. Unable to resist any longer, I borrowed Close Quarters from the Open Library and found … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert

Review: Assassins: A British Mystery Series Set in 1920s London

Assassins: A British Mystery Series Set in 1920s London by Jim EldridgeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars A promising start to a police procedural set in post-WWI London peters down to a rather predictable end. It is quite unfortunate since I liked the mix of real-life and fictional characters. Also the team of Detective Chief … Continue reading Review: Assassins: A British Mystery Series Set in 1920s London

Review: A History of the Indian Nationalist Movement

A History of the Indian Nationalist Movement by Verney LovettMy rating: 2 of 5 stars A biased, often condescending look, at the freedom struggle of India. *First Line: An accurate knowledge of the conditions of the past is necessary for a right understanding of the problems of the present.Pub. Details: 1920. ND: Vishal Publishers, 1972.Pages: … Continue reading Review: A History of the Indian Nationalist Movement

A Ghost in Pearls: Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. JamesMy rating: 2 of 5 stars Random thoughts after reading Simone St. James' Lost Among the Living, a book listed on 50 Most Suspenseful Novels:1. Who makes these lists???????2. Why am I sucker for such lists??????3. If you are going to introduce the supernatural in a mystery, take … Continue reading A Ghost in Pearls: Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

Waste of Time: The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald

The Cry by Helen FitzgeraldMy rating: 1 of 5 stars Do people really like such books? Peopled with unsympathetic character; alternating narrative by hysterical women; it being thrust down our throats that in an extra-marital relationship, the man is the villain - not the wife, not the mistress who, poor things, are nothing but victims … Continue reading Waste of Time: The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald