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…

Book Review: Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. In Murder in the Village, the first in the Belinda Penshurst series of mysteries, we meet Belinda Penshurt, who is a little over forty and living in her family home—the village manor/castle—in the village of Little Challham. Belinda has invested in various…

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…

Book Review: Peel Me a Lotus by Charmian Clift

My thanks to Muswell Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. This is the second volume of memoirs by Australian writer Charmian Clift of the time she and her family spent in Greece (they lived there 14 or more years). The first, Mermaid Singing, was of their time on the island of…

Book Review: The Last by Katherine Applegate

My thanks to Penguin Random House Children’s UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book.   This is the first of a fantasy adventure series, the Endling series, (I’m not sure how many books it has). Byx, our ‘heroine’ is a dairne, a dog-like creature who has opposable thumbs, can walk on two…

Five Findouters: Series and Challenge Review and Plans for My Next Enid Blyton Challenge

Last October onwards, I began reading the Five Findouters books by Enid Blyton, in chronological order for the first time. This was one of my favourite series as a child, and Blyton among my favourite authors (she still is), but while I had read all of the books (some many times over), I’d never read…

Findouters Challenge: Ern, Sea Paintings, and Buster and Bingo

The Mystery of Banshee Towers by Enid Blyton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Findouters challenge: Book 15. The final book of the findouters series, this marks the end of my findouters challenge which I began last October. This one opens a little differently from the rest as while the children are setting out to…

Findouters Challenge: Anonymous Messages and Hidden Secrets (and a rant about the new eds)

The Mystery of the Strange Messages by Enid Blyton Findouters challenge: Book 14. This is the second of the findouters cases to involve mysterious letters, the first being the Mystery of the Spiteful Letters. This time though, the target is not random people around Peterswood but a certain Mr Smith against whom they are directed…

Findouters Challenge: Where Fatty Meets his Match (in a way)

The Mystery of the Missing Man by Enid Blyton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Findouters challenge: Book 13. The thirteenth of the findouters books begins as usual but also somewhat unusually as well. The children are home again, this time for Easter break, and Fatty to everyone’s surprise is slimming (or attempting to slim,…