Review: ‘Mayan Star’ by Howard Allan

This is my sort of book. Indeed, I am writing one myself (faraway in time and place from this one, I should add). This is the sort of book my friend Glenna calls a ‘history and mystery’. An Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, Dan Brown sort of mystery, with its basis in history or legend, thatContinue reading “Review: ‘Mayan Star’ by Howard Allan”

Review: ‘Blood Ties’ by Peter Taylor-Gooby

I enjoyed this a lot. It is not that often that one comes across a book which is a light read but which also has something important to say. Nor is it common to come across something as well written and complex as this published in the indie sector. This is certainly one of myContinue reading “Review: ‘Blood Ties’ by Peter Taylor-Gooby”

Review: ‘The Blues Don’t Care (Bobby Saxon Book 1)’ by Paul D Marks

Genre: Crime Description: A huge McGuffin inhabits this story, which is why I have used the Amazon ‘blurb’ supplied by the publisher so as not to brush against it accidentally and tip the whole thing over. the Amazon blurb says “Bobby Saxon lives in a world that isn’t quite ready for him. He’s the onlyContinue reading “Review: ‘The Blues Don’t Care (Bobby Saxon Book 1)’ by Paul D Marks”

Review: ‘Resort to Murder’ by T P Fielden

I was loaned this by a neighbour who happened to have a hardback copy of it (with a gorgeous dust jacket and scarlet endpapers) put out by HQ, which is a newish imprint of HarperCollins. On the cover it says ‘death stalks the beaches of Devon’ (it means south Devon – and is responsible forContinue reading “Review: ‘Resort to Murder’ by T P Fielden”

Review: ‘Mansfield Park Revisited’ by Merryn Williams

Jane Austen died two years after the battle of Waterloo, and her fame has increased steadily since. That fame is based on a mere six novels, of which Mansfield Park is by far the longest. Enthusiasm for Austen’s work continues unabated. Last year brought us the eight-part dramatisation of her final, unfinished novel Sanditon. GillContinue reading “Review: ‘Mansfield Park Revisited’ by Merryn Williams”

Review: ‘We Have Met The Enemy’ by Felicia Watson

The title of this book is a quote which in full reads “we have met the enemy and he is us”. It first occurred (as is vouchsafed towards the end of the book) in Walt Kelly’s Pogo cartoon, an award-winning strip syndicated in American newspapers between 1948 and 1975. In the novel Walt Kelly isContinue reading “Review: ‘We Have Met The Enemy’ by Felicia Watson”

Review: ‘Inside the Seventh Wave’ by GW Hawker

Gothic fiction on Chesil Beach This unusual novel is primarily peopled by four characters who live in a short terrace of foundationless cottages on the edge of Chesil Beach, on Portland, which is on the Dorset coast of Britain (I explain for American readers who have a Portland of their own in Oregon). At theContinue reading “Review: ‘Inside the Seventh Wave’ by GW Hawker”

Review: ‘The Naseby Horses’ by Dominic Brownlow

(Review prepared from an uncorrected bound proof supplied by the publisher) This fascinating debut novel by Dominic Brownlow joined publisher Louise Walters Books eclectic and growing stable of novels on 5 December 2019. It was gratifying, as a reviewer, to be turned loose on a book in advance of publication. Now it is out IContinue reading “Review: ‘The Naseby Horses’ by Dominic Brownlow”

Review: ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor

I forget now how I happened across this entertaining first book in Taylor’s substantial series ‘The Chronicles of St Mary’s’. But from the first page I realised I was in the presence of an author after my own heart. Taylor is a British author who worked for the North Yorkshire County Council for almost 20Continue reading “Review: ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor”