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…

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.…

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…

Guest Post: Book Review: Kittyboy’s Christmas by Amy Ella Blanchard

Today I welcome the first ever bookish guest post on Literary Potpourri (we had a series of non-bookish ones, the Zodi-cat signs on kitty zodiac signs last year here, here, here, and here). And the post comes from my mother. Having read my Meowy Kitmas post on 'Kitty' Christmas reads a few days ago, she…

Book Review: The Second Person from Porlock by Dennis Hamley

My thanks to NetGalley and Fairlight books for a review copy of this one. The Second Person from Porlock is a novel of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, of his life and relationships, and of his poetry (particularly Kubla Khan, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel), and also of two young men who embark on…

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

This was a reread of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) as part of #Narniathon21 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove. He has discussion prompts for the book up so do head there if you'd like to join in. Banner from Calmgrove The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a truly classic children's…

Book Review: An Evening with Claire by Gaito Gazdanov (trans. Bryan Karetnyk)

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. The first book by Russian émigré writer Gaito Gazdanov, An Evening with Claire (1929), opens in Paris where we are introduced to our narrator and main character, Nikolai Sosedov or Kolya. After ten years, Kolya has been reunited with his first…