August 2021 Reading Wrap Up

The last day of August, and for a change I’m early posting this month’s reading wrap up.  I’ve been feeling like I’ve been a little too verbose in my reviews and posts lately, so am going to try and reign in. August was a reasonably good reading month for me and I read 9 books…

Book Review: William of Orange and the Fight for the Crown by Brian Best

My thanks to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for a review copy of this book England in the seventeenth century saw a period fraught with religious and political tensions, the replacement of the monarchy on not one but two occasions and various changes which are reflected in the modern world. The execution of Charles I…

Book Review: Steffan Green by Richmal Crompton

Steffan Green was my first foray into Richmal Crompton’s fiction for adults, and what a wonderful read it was. As the book opens, me meet Lettice Helston, a recently divorced thirty-eight-year-old woman—in fact, she has got the decree only the previous day. Lettice is driving down to the country, to her childhood friend Dorrie—but mostly,…

Dogs in Classic Mystery Fiction: International Dog Day Post

A bookmark I received with one of my many purchases of second-hand books online 26 August 2021 is International Dog Day 2021, and to celebrate man's best friend here on Literary Potpourri, I thought of taking a look at some dogs in classic mystery books. There are of course plenty of cute dogs in the…

Shelf Control #148: An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden

Wednesday, the 25th of August, 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, simply pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what its about, why…

Book Review: Cat Flap by Alan S. Cowell

My thanks to Agora Books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Cat Flap is a slightly fantastical, quirky, humorous but also slightly over the top novel. Successful corporate executive, Dolores Tremayne, finds part of herself in her family’s cat, X (named so by her daughter, since it sounds ‘mysterious’) while her human…

Book Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

My second ‘wolf’ themed book this week, and to my own surprise (or do I say shock), the second book from my own TBR pile (not NetGalley) that I’m reading in a month. Wolf by Wolf is a young adult book that I came across through YouTube/Booktube and was intrigued by its description—the plot itself…

Book Review: Wolf at the Door by Sarah Hawkswood

My thanks to Allison and Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Wolf at the Door is book 9 in Hawkswood’s Bradecote and Catchpoll series of mediaeval mysteries, something that I didn’t realise when requesting the book, but I am very glad I didn’t for I may have hesitated and missed out…

Shelf Control #147: Lust for Life by Irving Stone

Wednesday, the 18th of August, 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…