Book #32: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

It’s hard reviewing a collection of shorts – do you take them as a group, or review them individually?  I don’t know the answer, and as I don’t have the time for multiple reviews, I’m going with the group option as a default.   Another good collection of short stories featuring our favourite “detective”, and … More Book #32: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

Books #30: Her Last Secret – Barbara Copperthwaite

I’ve not read a lot of psychological thrillers, but it’s definitely a genre I’m starting to get in to, and Copperthwaite does it justice. I love the way the book starts, with confirmation that something terrible has happened to the Thomas family, with their lifeless bodies strewn around the home on Christmas morning.  The story … More Books #30: Her Last Secret – Barbara Copperthwaite

Book #26: Absolute Zero – James Patterson & Ed Chatterton

Well bloody Hell, it only went and happened – I found a JP story I actually enjoyed. No, that’s not quite fair – I really, really enjoyed Absolute Zero. It still has the same flaws the other two shorts I’ve read so far by JP have, questionable character development (and you could do more with … More Book #26: Absolute Zero – James Patterson & Ed Chatterton

Book #12: Farmer Giles of Ham – J R R Tolkien

As a youngster Farmer Giles of Ham inhabited my bookshelf, along with The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Smith of Wootton Major.  I vividly recall trying to read all three at various stages, but could never get on with them.  Looking back, as a stalwart Naughty Elizabeth fan, Tolkien was perhaps a little too rich … More Book #12: Farmer Giles of Ham – J R R Tolkien

Book #10: Strands – Jean Sprackland

Strands describes a year’s worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid’s purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner. This is a series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between … More Book #10: Strands – Jean Sprackland

Book #8: A Life Discarded – Alexander Masters

A Life Discarded is a biographical detective story. In 2001, 148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in … More Book #8: A Life Discarded – Alexander Masters