Category Archives: Fiction

Service of All the Dead by Colin Dexter

A question on the TV show Pointless about the novels of Colin Dexter reminded me I have a few of his books to read, Service of All the Dead being one of them – and it was one of the … Continue reading

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Sausage Hall by Christina James

When the publishers of Sausage Hall emailed me offering a review copy of the book I thought it sounded interesting, although I wasn’t keen on the title – I thought it sounded a bit gimmicky and it nearly putting me … Continue reading

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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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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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The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

I found The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland a little slow at the beginning, although it’s full of interesting and well drawn characters, set in Lincoln during the reign of Richard II. It’s the time of the Peasants Revolt, a time of … Continue reading

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First Chapter, First Paragraph

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon. My choice this week is: Isa and … 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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Bargain of the Day: The Runaways by Elizabeth Goudge

  One of today’s deals on Kindle is The Runaways by Elizabeth Goudge – it was first published as Linnets and Valerians in 1964. I read and loved some of her books many years ago, but not this one. Geranium Cat reviewed it … 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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