Book Review – The Flight of the Heron by D.K. Broster

The first book of historical fiction that I clearly remember reading was The Flight of the Heron by D.K. Broster. My father gave me a copy for my twelfth birthday. It was a book he had read years before and loved. And he re-read it once I had finished. The story begins in Scotland in … Continue reading Book Review – The Flight of the Heron by D.K. Broster

My Reading – September 2021

Private Prosecution by Lisa Ellery I liked what I saw. Revenge in Rubies by AM Stuart "...Beneath the floor of a cellar in...Hilldrop crescent, Camden-road the mutilated and battered body of a woman which had been buried in quicklime was found." The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey Purveen Mistry sighed, adjusting her hat on her … Continue reading My Reading – September 2021

Random Reading – June to September 2021

More of the bits and pieces I've read while rambling around the internet over the past few months. It's not really time-wasting if you learn something, is it? From Dunluce Castle in Antrim to Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway Dunluce Castle Watch 6 Ruined British Castles Come Back to Lifeby Niall Patrick Walsh While … Continue reading Random Reading – June to September 2021

My Reading – August 2021

A Just Equinox by James McQueenSick, sick...This terrible aversion, revulsion ... but the compelling need to take enough to stop the sickness the numb tingling shaking deathliness creeping rising up taking hold... The Work of Art by Mimi MatthewsCaptain Arthur Heywood had never seen such an ill-mannered assortment of canines in his life. Workhouse Waif … Continue reading My Reading – August 2021

My Reading – June 2021

The Course of All Treasons by Suzanne M Wolfe 'Satan's pizzle!' Simon Winchelsea cursed as he sank ankle-deep in the revolting effluent running like a river down the center of the street. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood The house lights dim. The audience quiets. The Dream Weavers by Barbara Erskine 'Elise!' There she was again. Wretched … Continue reading My Reading – June 2021

Random Reading – May 2021

How young couples managed to meet before the advent of social media Rustic Courtship Love island: the love lives of our 19th century ancestorsby Dr Marion McGarryIn recent years, apps have increasingly facilitated online dating, Indeed, thanks to Covid-19, these have become the only way for single people to link up with potential partners. Covid … Continue reading Random Reading – May 2021

My Reading – May 2021

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata MasseyOn the morning Perveen saw the stranger, they'd almost collided. Deep South: Stories from Tasmania edited by by Ralph Crane and Danielle WoodHe had never heard of the ‘enthusiasm of humanity’—the expression was not in fashion in his day, and, if it had been, I doubt whether he … Continue reading My Reading – May 2021

My Reading – April 2021

Rooted : an Australian History of Bad Language by Amanda LaugesenIn 1821, the Reverend Robert Cartwright, an Anglican minister who had arrived in Sydney in 1810, provided testimony to the Bigge Commission, which was investigating how effective transportation was in deterring crime. The Crow Trap by Ann CleevesIf you were looking for Baikie's Cottage on … Continue reading My Reading – April 2021