Book Review: The Goldsmith and the Master Thief by Tonke Dragt

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. A few years ago, I chanced upon the Dutch film version of The Letter for the King by children’s author, Tonke Dragt (with subtitles) and soon after found the English translation of the book on NetGalley, both of which I ended…

Shelf Control #140: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Wednesday, the 19th of May, and time once again for Shelf Control! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Adventures of Our Own Making: A Morning Dream by Eleanor Farjeon

Imaginary friends, cops and robbers, make believe—as children, our games, whether with friends or on our own, relied so much on our imaginations (do they as much these days, one wonders, with phones, tablets, and gadgets the chief sources of play and entertainment?) In literature too, Alice’s adventure in wonderland or for that matter through…

Book Review: The Breaking Point by Daphne du Maurier #DDMreadingweek

Having read only novels by Daphne du Maurier so far, I was keen to explore some of her short stories, and Daphne du Maurier Reading Week hosted by Ali at Heavenali (find links to all the posts here), seemed the perfect time to do it, so for the second of my two reads for this…

Shelf Control #139: The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Wednesday, the 12th of May, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier #DDMreadingweek

This is the first of my (hopefully) two reads for Daphne du Maurier reading week between 10 and 16 May 2021, hosted by Ali at Heavenali (details here and here). A story of suspicion, jealousy, love, infatuation and murder, set in du Maurier’s beloved Cornwall. My Cousin Rachel (1952) is narrated in the voice of…

Book Review: Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Death Comes as the End is the only historical mystery by the Queen of Crime, and in one of my very favourite settings--ancient Egypt. This was a reread for me but after a long time so I had forgotten much of the story including whodunit. Miss Marple, Christie’s elderly lady detective, often uses her knowledge…