Review: ‘Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders: The Case of the Unseen Murder’ by E G Moore

This is a short book for young teens. The main protagonist – the eponymous Dom – is 12. Although there is one scene which I think might be a bit strong for some around that age. The book explores relationships of those on the cusp of puberty: between siblings, enemies, friends, frenemies, romantic interests andContinue reading “Review: ‘Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders: The Case of the Unseen Murder’ by E G Moore”

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Review: ‘Bear and the Wolf’ by Ruth Downie, S J A Turney

This is a shortish novella, currently only available as an e-book. It is set in AD210 at Vindolanda, the military base which guarded Hadrian’s Wall when the Romans occupied Britain. The two authors know their Roman history inside and out – and there is a short, useful Note at the end showing how the knownContinue reading “Review: ‘Bear and the Wolf’ by Ruth Downie, S J A Turney”

Tracy Chevalier speaks at Dorchester Literary Festival, 20 October 2019

Spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon with Tracy Chevalier (and a sold-out Corn Exchange full of others) in Dorchester. She was talking about her latest book as a sort-of finale to the Literary Festival (the actual finale is an hour with Carol Ann Duffy in November). Chevalier lives locally. I’m not sure if she stillContinue reading “Tracy Chevalier speaks at Dorchester Literary Festival, 20 October 2019”

Review: ‘Moonfleet’ by John Meade Falkner

When I moved to Weymouth in 2016 I quickly discovered that the magnificent natural geography of Chesil Beach, the Fleet and Portland are the settings for this book. I had known of it as a youngster. But I’m not sure I ever read it. So I invested in an inexpensive copy and it has beenContinue reading “Review: ‘Moonfleet’ by John Meade Falkner”

Review: ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ by Jack B Rochester

** Review originally prepared for Big Al’s Books & Pals. Received a free file of the book ** Genre: Rite of passage Description: The Zons say this of Wild Blue Yonder – “over 650 Vietnam War novels have been published, mostly dark tales from the war zone. In Wild Blue Yonder, Airman Nathaniel Hawthorne FlowersContinue reading “Review: ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ by Jack B Rochester”

Book review: ‘The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element Book 1)’ by Kat Ross

I got bored with sword and sorcery about twenty years ago, although I occasionally dip back in (so easy to sample recent additions to the genre with a Kindle) to see if anything new is happening. Perhaps I don’t look in the right places, but I haven’t found anything to excite me for a longContinue reading “Book review: ‘The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element Book 1)’ by Kat Ross”

Two modern fantasy novellas by Annie Bellet

Justice Calling: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 1 and Murder of Crows: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 2 There is an interesting genre developing which I call modern fantasy. There are no swords or sandals, no dragons or fairies – but there are beings drawn from the many myths and legends of our world, mashed together, and setContinue reading “Two modern fantasy novellas by Annie Bellet”

Book review: ‘Deadly Deceit: Jess Turner in the Caribbean (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series, Book 2)’ by Jean Harrod

Ever since my beloved, steam-driven Kindle died last year, I have been filing its contents and transferring books and documents to the new one. As a result I have frequently lost the thread of what prompted me to download titles. There’s so much to read now. And so often you can get quality work forContinue reading “Book review: ‘Deadly Deceit: Jess Turner in the Caribbean (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series, Book 2)’ by Jean Harrod”