Book Review: Charles Dickens: Places and Objects of Interest by Paul Kendall

My thanks to Pen &Sword and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Charles Dickens: Places and Objects of Interest acquaints us with different places and objects associated with Charles Dickens at different points in his life (childhood to his death) from homes he lived in to hotels he stayed at or places where…

Book Review: The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

Set in snowy London, with hints of people walking out of graves and of three coffins, links to Transylvania, two murders committed by an invisible person, and a solution I didn’t see coming at all, John Dickson Carr's The Hollow Man made for an enjoyable read, especially in this season. Our story, the sixth book…

Shelf Control #169: Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

Wednesday, the 19th of January, 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: The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

My thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Nina de Gramont weaves a rather interesting and very readable tale in The Christie Affair but while I enjoyed reading it a lot, I had some reservations which have prevented me from rating it as high as I might have otherwise.…

Shelf Control #168: Flyaway by Desmond Bagley

Wednesday, the 12th of January, 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: A Three Book Problem by Vicki Delaney

My thanks to Crooked Lane books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. A Three Book Problem is the seventh of a cosy mystery series, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries. The series centres around Gemma Doyle, a British woman who has moved to West London in the United States where she helps her…

Book Review: Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville

My thanks to Handheld Classics and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. Malcolm Saville is another from the list of authors whom I was aware of but had never read. I only had a vague idea that he wrote adventure stories for children. But on seeing my friend Alwynne's review of this book…

Book Review: Four Square Miles: The Lay Off by Keith Michael Preston

My thanks to the author for a review copy of this book via Booktasters. Four Square Miles: The Lay Off is the first of a four-part series centred around Nuccio ‘Nutsy’ Gento, a bookmaker in New York who essentially takes sports bets. While not exceptionally intelligent or outstanding as a student, Nutsy was a whiz…