Book Review: Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier #DDMReadingWeek

Frenchman’s Creek is a novel of romance, of adventure, of pirates and of Cornwall, and rather different from the gothic, suspense/thriller themes one usually associates with her. A novel I’d enjoyed very much on my first read years ago, this was a revisit for Ali’s #DDMReadingWeek for this year. In Frenchman’s Creek, we meet the…

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: Murder at Primrose Cottage by Merryn Allingham

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Murder in Primrose Cottage is the third in the Flora Steele series of cosy mysteries by Merryn Allingham, which I have been following from the start. While this can be read as a standalone as the mystery is complete and we get…

Book Review: Behold, Here’s Poison by Georgette Heyer

Behold, Here’s Poison (1936) is the second of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries featuring Superintendent Hannasyde; in these Hemingway, who later features in his own subset of mysteries, is Sergeant. Behold, Here’s Poison opens below-the-stairs in Poplars, where the unpleasant and domineering patriarch Gregory Matthews lives with his older sister, Harriet, widowed sister-in-law, Zoe, and Zoe’s two…

Book Review: Fear Stalks the Village by Ethel Lina White

You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought that comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there.--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Copper Beeches' These words of Sherlock…

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: The Sittaford Mystery (1931) by Agatha Christie

The Sittaford Mystery (or The Murder at Hazelmoor), a standalone by the Queen of Crime, first published in 1931, is a quite perfect read for the season with a murder in a snowed-in English village difficult to navigate, a fair few suspects, and a touch of spookiness! Our story opens in the small village of…

Book Review: An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden #RumerGoddenReadingWeek2021

An Episode of Sparrows (1955) is a story of friendship and love, of family and belonging, of dreams and dreamers, understanding and misunderstanding, and one that is essentially uplifting and warm, and brought a smile to my face (even if there were some heart-wrenching moments). Set in post-war London, where the impacts of the war…

Book Review: The River Within by Karen Powell

My thanks to Europa Editions and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. In The River Within, Karen Powell brings Hamlet to Yorkshire in the 1950s, or rather, within the broader mould of the Hamlet plot, weaves her own engrossing and intense tale. The book opens with the finding of a body—Danny Masters, a…

Book Review: Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody (1942) is the third of a series of nearly sixty mystery books featuring Inspector (later Chief Inspector, etc.) Thomas Littlejohn, published between 1941 and 1980. Death of a Busybody brings us to one of twin villages, Hilary Magna (the other being Hilary Parva), where the skinny and scholarly vicar, Rev. Ethelred…