Torquay, Greenway, and Agatha Christie

June 30, 2011 at 2:48 am (books, Mystery fiction, To Britain and back 2011)

At one point in our travels in the fall of 2006, we found ourselves sailing up the Dart Estuary toward Dartmoor. Above us, on a bluff overlooking the river, stood a lovely home surrounded by greenery. Roz Hutchinson, our Blue Badge Guide, informed us that this was Greenway, the country home of Agatha Christie. It […]

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Oh, what a time we had…

May 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm (Anglophilia, Mystery fiction, To Britain and back 2011)

This trip to Great Britain bestowed so many riches, it is hard to know where to begin. Our journey had three parts. The first consisted of a five day exploration of the Welsh border country; the second centered on Crimefest in Bristol. The third was all about Agatha Christie. More on all of this, when […]

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‘There’s just something about the idea of having your head lopped off that really gets to people.’ – Savages, by Don Winslow

May 10, 2011 at 1:52 am (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

   Savages is written in the kind of staccato,  punchy prose that I usually avoid. Add to that the full measure of explicit sex and even more explicit violence, and you may well ask, why is  she reading this book? Fact is, Don Winslow was originally slated to fill the role of Toastmaster at the […]

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An exceptional thriller: Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

For some time now I’ve been reading glowing reviews of the novels of Deon Meyer. I had not read the books because their South African setting did not interest me – or so I thought. But Deon Meyer will be at the Bristol Crimefest next month – and so will we! So I tackled his […]

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Books of 2010: The best of the rest

December 23, 2010 at 2:42 am (Best of 2010, books)

In late July, I listed my favorite books of the year thus far. Here’s the second and final part of  that list: FICTION *Mrs Craddock – W Somerset Maugham *Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson Conspirata – Robert Harris *Short stories by W. Somerset Maugham MYSTERY *The Pale Horse – Agatha Christie The Labors […]

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