Author Archive

In bed with Josephine Tey

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As one of my jobs involves working night shifts, I’ve become accustomed to sleeping in the daytime. Working nights is not ideal long term, but I do still get a bit of a… Continue reading

View over the top of my book #27

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My husband is about to start the final placement of his Social Work degree – hooray! The end is in sight, but for the next six months he won’t really be able to… Continue reading

The Icelandic Queen of Gruesome: Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s ‘My Soul to Take’

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I do love an icy crime thriller, but I must admit I nearly didn’t make it past the prologue of Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s My Soul to Take. Reading about the horrific details of a crime can be hard… Continue reading

“There is a Light and it never goes out”: ‘White Out’ by Ragnar Jonasson.

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Thus far, the stack of snowy reading and cosy ‘whodunnits’ that’s been keeping me company through these long Winter evenings has been top drawer. What with solving Icelandic crimes with Ragnar Jónasson and… Continue reading

Festive fun, Sparta, and proof, if it were needed, that felt-booted lute players are the devil’s minstrels.

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A belated Happy New Year to one and all! Christmas is now but a distant memory, yet I’m reluctant to cease the treats and have turned the crisps, wine and mince pie-related revelry… Continue reading

It’s beginning to look a lot like Dickens

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Regular readers of this blog will know that I like to do a spot of knitting. At the beginning of the year I was asked by Interweave if I’d write patterns for some… Continue reading

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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On my way to work tonight I drove through a light swirling of the white stuff and was hoping against hope that on my return journey I might find the fields and hills… Continue reading

Christie and Crumpets – now that’s a bandwagon I’ll happily jump on!

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Inspired by Lucy’s recent Agatha Christie fest, I took to my bed over the weekend with a steaming mug of tea, a stack of toasted crumpets and a couple of dusty disintegrating Christies… Continue reading

The dark magic of Patricia Highsmith

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I discovered Patricia Highsmith’s malevolent genius earlier this year when I read The Talented Mr Ripley (1955). I’m a sucker for a good thriller, and the actions of Highsmith’s lovable psychopath, Tom Ripley, had me… Continue reading

Oops! I did it again

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A couple of weekends ago I headed off for a much looked forward to reunion with some old friends from my Brighton book group. I’m still a member, reading the monthly book choices… Continue reading