Category Archives: England

Review: THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS by Cath Staincliffe

I’m not sure I’d have brought THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS home if I’d known anything about it, and I certainly wouldn’t have picked it to read on a warm summer’s day after finishing a particularly harrowing book. I bought it last … Continue reading

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Review: THE RED THUMB MARK by R. Austin Freeman

One good thing about Crimes of the Century travelling as far back as 1907 this month is that quite a few books are out of copyright and easily available for free. As it was the first of his many novels to … Continue reading

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Review: THE SHUT EYE by Belinda Bauer

As I’ve completely given up reading book blurbs (which either reveal too much of the plot or appear to have nothing whatsoever to do with the book to which they relate) and hadn’t seen any reviews of this book before … Continue reading

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Review: STRONG POISON by Dorothy L. Sayers

I was not enamoured of my first foray into the world of Lord Peter Wimsey a few months back but didn’t want to eschew one of the genre’s best known classic authors on the basis of a single read so … Continue reading

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Review: THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA by Antonia Hodgson

If, like me, you have something of a phobia of going to prison then you might want to take care when picking up THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA. Even though it describes events taking place nearly 300 years ago, its worryingly … Continue reading

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Review: THE CHIMNEY MURDER by E.M. Channon

I was recently alerted to the existence of Greyladies Press which gloriously claims to publish ‘well-mannered books by ladies long gone’. I was powerless to resist and immediately purchased two books and then coerced gently persuaded the host of the Crimes … Continue reading

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Review: THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton

I will always think of this book as The Girl Whose Husband Fell Under a Bus. Though perhaps its main narrator – Jean Taylor – is not a girl and that’s why a Girl…title was eschewed. I don’t know what … Continue reading

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Review: DISSOLUTION by C.J. Sansom

In early high school I was taught history by a tiny, somewhat obsessive nun called Sister Marie. She expressed such profound sadness and anger at what she always called history’s strongest attempt to eradicate Catholicism that we could be forgiven for thinking she’d … Continue reading

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#1933 Book: MURDER MUST ADVERTISE by Dorothy L. Sayers

I’ve been participating fairly regularly in the Past Offences Crimes of the Century challenge for over a year now and even though I haven’t enjoyed all the classic crime novels the challenge has prompted me to read I’ve liked enough … Continue reading

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Review: SMALLBONE DECEASED by Michael Gilbert

Somehow I had managed to never hear of Michael Gilbert until I downloaded copies of both the Mystery Writers of America and UK Crime Writers Association top 100 crime novels lists last year. SMALLBONE DECEASED is on both lists and … Continue reading

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