The Hangman’s Song: Inspector McLean 3 (Inspector Mclean Mystery) by James Oswald #TuesdayBookBlog

A young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home. A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note. A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern. Investigating a brutal prostitution and human trafficking ring, McLean struggles to find timeContinue reading “The Hangman’s Song: Inspector McLean 3 (Inspector Mclean Mystery) by James Oswald #TuesdayBookBlog”

Different Class by Joanne Harris #BookReview #PsychologicalThriller

I chose this book because I had enjoyed Gentlemen and Players many years ago and this sequel takes place a year later in the same location, St Oswald’s Grammar School. Roy Straitley, an old-fashioned Latin Master is teaching his 35th year at the school and he has no desire for any other life.  Nicknamed QuazContinue reading “Different Class by Joanne Harris #BookReview #PsychologicalThriller”

Foxden Acres (The Dudley Sisters’ Saga Book 1) by Madalyn Morgan #BookReview

It is 1939 and Bess is looking forward to completing her teacher training in London.  Then she must decide whether to look for a post in the city or return home to the countryside near Rugby.  Her happy childhood was spent playing and riding on Foxden Acres estate where her father works but her affectionContinue reading “Foxden Acres (The Dudley Sisters’ Saga Book 1) by Madalyn Morgan #BookReview”

The Subtle Knife Book 2 of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman #TuesdayBookBlog

I read Philip Pullman’s trilogy back in the late 1990s but after watching the first series of His Dark Materials on TV I decided I would like to reread The Subtle Knife.  On TV we have already been introduced to Will Parry in parallel to Lyra’s early story, whereas in print, he is introduced, initiallyContinue reading “The Subtle Knife Book 2 of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman #TuesdayBookBlog”

Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir

In this account of her first year of living on a barge in Rotterdam’s Oude Haven, Valerie Poore’s overriding impression is that “one of the first things you learn about living on a barge is that an awful lot of stuff is going to end up in the water”. The year in question is 2001,Continue reading “Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir”

Books set in Malaysia: my personal list #SundayBlogShare

With the help of Jill from jillsbookcafe.blog I have collected together some of my favourite books about Malaysia.  Having spent several holidays in the Malay Peninsular while I was living in Singapore I have always felt drawn to books set in this lovely country. First books by local authors: The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwContinue reading “Books set in Malaysia: my personal list #SundayBlogShare”