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

Skim-skimanny, skim-skimanny, skim-skim, skeree…

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I enjoyed The Hog’s Back Mystery, but only becasue I read about 60% of it. If I had read every word, this would be a different review. So, it only seems right that… 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

Is it possible to be addicted to nostalgia?

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A little before Christmas I remembered The Box of Delights. I’d only known it as a TV show, on air in 1984 (when I was eight, so I remember the special effects as… 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

In The Bleak, Pointless, January

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Happy new year! Happy new books! Happy frugal January living! Happy windscreen scraping! Happy thinking about a diet or face being cut in half by jeans waistband when sitting down! (That last one… 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

“I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,” said the Spirit. “Look upon me!”

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Once upon a time, we used to post on here daily. Sure, there’s two of us so the burden was split, but I still don’t know how we did it. I suspect many… 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