Category Archives: Book Review

“A Long Way Down” by Nick Hornby

Four very different characters meet on New Year’s Eve on the top of a high building in North London intent on jumping. The narration moves from one character to another and back, so you have four different views of the … Continue reading

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“Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

“Half the world is called Thomas.” (page 62) There is Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Chancellor Thomas More, Archbishop Thomas Cramner, Thomas Boleyn, and not forgetting our protagonist Thomas Cromwell. We enter Thomas Cromwell’s World briefly in 1500, when we see him, … Continue reading

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“The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Chrisitie

The Secret Adversary is a very early Agatha Christie mystery, it was her second published novel. We don’t have Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot to help our sleuthing but two youngsters: Tommy and Tuppence. Tommy is “one of those young … Continue reading

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“A Morbid Taste for Bones” by Ellis Peters

This book was a genre pioneer, when first published in 1977, mixing historical fiction with a murder mystery. This the first “chronicle” of Brother Cadfael, a 12th Century monk with a detective bent, whose exploits were recounted in 20 such … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Gift of Sanctuary” by Candace Robb

This is the sixth Owen Archer mystery, the first I have read and possibly the last. This is a Medieval mystery set in the late Middle Ages. Owen Archer is working for the Duke of Lancaster, looking to recruit archers … Continue reading

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“Stoner” by John Williams

On the cover it suggests it is “The greatest novel you have never read.” Julian Barnes described it as his “book of the year“. The novel was published in 1965 and after being out of print a couple of times, … Continue reading

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