Book Review: In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson

My thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an invitation to read this book via NetGalley. In Place of Fear is a piece of historical fiction, and a mystery set in post-World-War-II Edinburgh against the backdrop of the introduction of the NHS. Our protagonist Helen Crowther is a young woman, about to begin a new job…

Shelf Control #182: Spook Stories by E.F. Benson

Wednesday, the 27th of April 2022, 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…

Book Review: Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R. Lorac #1954Club

Shroud of Darkness, the fortieth book in the Robert Macdonald series of books by British author Edith Caroline Rivett, writing as E. C. R. Lorac was my third pick for Karen and Simon’s #1954Club. With some elements that one typically encounters in quite a few Golden Age mysteries—the London Fog and a train journey—the book…

Book Review: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong #1954Club

But I don’t know much about storks, because storks never come to Shora. This is my second pick for Karen and Simon’s #1954Club. Children’s literature is a genre I always enjoy, especially because much of it has elements owe can appreciate as an adult as well, giving it so many layers, and so much depth.…

Book Review: Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford #1954Club

When Karen and Simon announced the #1954Club and I looked up options only to be bewildered by the sheer number of appealing titles published in the year, the one title I was absolutely sure I would read was Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford, especially since I’d read and enjoyed her fiction but hadn’t so…

Guest Post: Book Review: Good Work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton #1954Club

Today, we have my mother's third pick for the #1954Club, Good Work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton! If you were a child in the fifties and sixties, Enid Blyton’s child detective series would have been an essential part of your existence. The Five Findouters and Buster, the Famous Five and Timmy, the Barney “R” Mysteries…

Shelf Control #181: Up the Country: Letters Written to Her Sister From the Upper Provinces of India by Emily Eden

Wednesday, the 20th of April, 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…

Guest Post: Book Review: Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P.G. Wodehouse #1954Club

Today I'm sharing my mother's second pick for Karen and Simon's #1954Club, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P. G. Wodehouse. As a child, I often heard my sister laugh out loud when reading a Wodehouse. I did try one, but didn’t find it very amusing. It was only as an adult that I learnt…

Guest Post: Book Review: The Case of the Restless Redhead by Erle Stanley Gardner #1954Club

#1954Club time—what fun! I started joining in for Kaggsy and Simon’s club reads since last year and find them so much fun; a great way to explore books published in a year and also discover numerous new books and authors (and make some new blogging friends as well). When 1954 was first picked, I found…

Book Review: The Equestrienne by Uršula Kovalyk, translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood

My thanks to Parthian Books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Equestrienne is a short, novella length work by Slovak writer Uršula Kovalyk, and translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood. The novel was the winner of the Bibliotéka Prize in 2013, and part of Parthian’s Parthia Europa Carnivale writing in translation…