Category Archives: Challenges

Lamentation by C J Sansom

Once again I am behind myself with writing about the books I’ve read! So here are just a few thoughts about C J Sansom’s historical novel, Lamentation, the sixth Matthew Shardlake book. I have enjoyed the earlier books in the series so … Continue reading

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Color Coded Challenge 2015

The Color Coded Challenge is running again next year. Bev has made a change - the colour may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant colour for the cover of the book. For “implies colour” … Continue reading

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Victorian Bingo Challenge 2015

I read about The Victorian Bingo Challenge hosted by Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews on Cath’s blog, Read Warbler and thought it looked interesting. The goal is to get a Bingo (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners and centre square). This will require a minimum of … Continue reading

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Wycliffe in Paul’s Court by W J Burley

We had to spend nearly 4 hours yesterday in the Newcastle Emergency Eye Department as D has a corneal abrasion. As my Kindle needed charging I picked up a lightweight paperback to slip into my bag to while away the time … Continue reading

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Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2015

It’s that time of year when next year’s challenges are being set. I’m not sure I’ll be taking part in many, but one I’ll definitely be doing is Bev’s 2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge as I still have many unread books … Continue reading

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Blue Heaven by C J Box

There are lots of things I like about reading e-books, but I’ve found that my Kindle has become a Black Hole – it sucks in books and once they are in there they may never see the light of day … Continue reading

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R.I.P.IX Completed

(Art used for banners is the property of Abigail Larson) During September and October Carl hosted his ninth annual R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) reading event (he doesn’t like to call it a challenge) over at Stainless Steel Droppings.  It involved … Continue reading

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She Never Came Home by Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

She Never Came Home is a perfect little ghost story for Halloween. Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen spins a suspenseful story of Alice and her husband Peter and their little dog, Foxy as they move into an old farmhouse deep in the Danish … Continue reading

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Cauldstane by Linda Gillard

Linda Gillard describes her book, Cauldstane  as ‘a gothic novel in the romantic suspense tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Mary Stewart & Victoria Holt.‘ It is a ghost story, set in a Scottish tower house in the Highlands: Cauldstane stood, heroic, … Continue reading

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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the first Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson mystery, published in 1887. A Study in Scarlet is a novel in two parts. The first, narrated by Dr John Watson, begins in 1881 with Watson on nine months convalescent leave from the army, having … Continue reading

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