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Excerpts from my murder/mystery stories and examples of my creative writing.
2022-09-25 02:44
I really do appreciate the Blandings Castle books of PG Wodehouse. The characters are larger than life and magnificent in their individual traits. Here both of the pigs vying for the S… Read More
2022-09-17 21:42
This is autofiction, a form of fictionalized autobiography. Autofiction combines two mutually inconsistent narrative forms, namely autobiography and fiction. The protagonist of Marshlands… Read More
2022-09-13 01:17
Our room is a lovely blue colour with sunlight coming through a window high on the wall, so we must be in a cellar somewhere. Four beds, two in a bunk bed, and two separate, round beds are p… Read More
2022-09-12 01:16
As the train speeds up from Lille, the sun comes out, and it looks lovely outside. “It looks lovely outside, Gemma,” I say, trying to engage her in conversation. “I&r&hell…Read More
2022-09-11 01:15
At about 7pm, Mrs Elkins arrives with two cat carriers, two toys, and what looks like an overnight bag. The black cat carriers are rather luxurious and lined with material. There is a small… Read More
2022-09-10 01:14
By the time I wake up, John and Mary have already left for the airport. I walk around the house looking at how neat and tidy they’ve left everything. They did a lot of washing yesterda… Read More
2022-09-09 01:39
This just might be the best fiction book I read in 2022. It’s utterly brilliant and yet I can’t work out why. In a way, it doesn’t matter. It combines a heroine who h… Read More
2022-09-09 01:13
On the rest of this today, and the next today, the humans pack and unpack their bags several times each and change their suitcases twice. This suggests indecision to me, but they eventually… Read More
2022-09-08 01:12
“Hello Freddie and Gemma, how are you, and who are your friends?” asks Rufus. “Hello squirrel,” says Gemma, “to answer your question, those were our friends… Read More
2022-09-07 01:11
…then there was Our Cats in Amsterdam – Freddie and Gemma have been recruited to help Europol in Amsterdam. “Can I have some books, please?” I ask politely, &ldqu&hell…Read More
2022-09-06 01:10
First there was the Diary of a Buddhist Cat. Rufus stands still and looks at the human. I am closer to the window and observe Rufus is transfixed. I grab his tail and drag him across the… Read More
2022-09-03 02:13
Well better late than never for me to discover this poem about non-violent opposition to the oppressors, a message that will be taken up in increasing numbers as governments become more and… Read More
2022-08-29 01:51
For some reason I adore these books about Blandings Castle and yet I don’t like the Jeeves and Wooster books. I think it’s because everyone in the Blandings Castle books is so… Read More
2022-08-17 21:30
This is a review of Avalanche Express. This is a cold war escape story of a high-ranking member of the Politburo of the Soviet Union who defects in Romania and is flown to Milan, just be… Read More
2022-08-10 19:09
This book is written by Edward Marston who writes the Railway Detective series. The style of writing is very similar, plenty of dialogue driving the plot strongly forwards like the engines o… Read More
2022-08-05 01:54
This Van der Walk book grew on me as the story progressed. Initially, the story didn’t grab me as the police appeared to know who the culprits were very quickly, but it was the reas… Read More
2022-07-30 21:22
Written in 1936, this is a lovely story about rich males who seem able to drop their jobs / business dealings to support the son of a friend who is being threatened by unscrupulous types… Read More
2022-07-26 01:46
Rex Fortescue, Adele Fortescue, and Gladys Martin all die within a few hours. Rex was poisoned by Taxine, a poisonous constituent of yew plants, Adele was poisoned by potassium cyanide, and… Read More
2022-07-18 20:47
Book Number 6 in the Inspector Singh series is called A Calamitous Chinese Killing. It is an enjoyable tale of a Singaporean policeman investigating the murder of a Singapore student in Beij… Read More
2022-07-14 19:07
The Odessa File was the bestseller written after The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. In the book, Odessa are an organisation formed to protect ex-SS members and to try to impl… Read More
The Fox By DH Lawrence
2022-07-11 02:03
The DH Lawrence novella about two girls, Banford and March, whose existence is terminally interrupted by the arrival of a soldier, whose grandfather lived on the farm that the girls are work… Read More
The Schirmer Inheritance By Eric Ambler
2022-05-28 03:48
A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the endin… Read More
The Europeans By Henry James
2022-05-04 21:37
I’ve never read a Henry James book before and then I saw a copy of this book in MacLeod’s bookshop in Vancouver and thought I should give it a go. Well, I’m glad I did… Read More
2022-04-24 03:11
This is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat and it is really rather good, especially when the three men – George, Harris and J – are travelling around the middle of Europe interact… Read More
2022-04-17 00:44
This is a high-level guide to The Holy Grail charting the origins of the quest from the early Christian gospels through to modern day stories and films. The book introduces all the charac… Read More
2022-04-11 23:53
This story won the Pulitzer Prize for Thornton Wilder in 1928. This is a fictional story that explores the lives of five strangers who die in the collapse of a rope bridge on the road fro… Read More
2022-04-03 22:35
This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Am… Read More
Jingo By Terry Pratchett
2022-03-27 04:34
I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the isl… Read More
2022-03-13 04:14
William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, is probably his best known work. Pincher Martin is on a navy vessel escorting a North Atlan… Read More
2022-03-12 03:47
Thomas Mann subtitled the novella An Indian Legend as the story is based on an old folk tale from India. Two friends Nanda and Shridaman see the lovely Sita bathing in a local pool and ea… Read More
2022-03-11 03:17
This book was written in 1898 and comprises 245 fantastic fables from Ambrose Bierce. These tales lampoon greedy politicians, judges, holy men, poets and many others. I would suggest t… Read More
Tolstoy – Selected Stories
2022-03-07 05:02
Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings en… Read More
2022-02-28 03:45
Another wonderful story concerning Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld by Alexander McCall Smith. I’m not reading these books in the correct order, but it doesn’t matter… Read More
2022-02-23 01:07
This story is by Mikhail Bulgakov who wrote The Master and Margarita, a considerably longer book than this one. Mikhail Bulgakov’s work was read and publicly criticised by Josef Sta… Read More
2022-02-17 03:41
This is one of those books we all should read once in our lives , in fact perhaps more than once. I read this story about 30 years ago and I’m sure it didn’t make me feel like it… Read More
Bolt From The Blue
2022-02-11 02:01
This is a short story from Reedsy “Are you there God? It’s me.” I was kneeling on a red cushion in a pew in the cathedral with the soft light from the stained glass… Read More
The Silver Chair – Review – CS Lewis
2022-01-28 02:17
For some reason Goodreads has this book as #4 in the Chronicles of Narnia and it isn’t it’s #6, so I hope that can be corrected. #4 = Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian is in t… Read More
2022-01-21 02:37
This is an absolutely superb book. Agatha does it again. A country house weekend where the highlight was going to be Sunday lunch with Hercule Poirot who was staying nearby. The Angkatell… Read More
2022-01-19 22:10
I enjoyed reading these stories although ultimately they left me with no overriding emotion other than I’m glad to have read a book by Philip Roth and I probably won’t be busting… Read More
2022-01-16 16:05
This is a very entertaining book and extremely well written. John Updike must have been ever so pleased with himself after writing this book about such a smug, clever, and witty writer! H… Read More
2022-01-14 18:04
This is the classic horror tale from H.P. Lovecraft about the mystery of the cult of Cthulhu, conjuring up a dark and terrifying world. An island appears from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean… Read More
Mystery Groups – Discount Book
2022-01-12 17:42
Do YOU have trouble putting IKEA furniture together? Yes? Here’s a Buddhist group who can help 40 odd groups that are surrounded in mystery. Little is known about them, hence the sh… Read More
2022-01-02 22:39
The City Watch books are all brilliant and this one is probably the best of the three I’ve read so far. It’s genuinely funny and all the wonderful characters are ones to treasure… Read More
2021-12-29 20:29
Do you need something to smile about in these dark days? Meet Freddie.Freddie treats everything with respect. People, animals, birds, plants, even his breakfast.Freddie finds Buddhism. Sa… Read More
2021-12-28 03:03
Do you need something to smile about in these dark days? Meet Freddie.Freddie treats everything with respect. People, animals, birds, plants, even his breakfast.Freddie finds Buddhism. Sa… Read More
Days Of Reading Book Review
2021-12-27 01:03
For as long as reading is for us the instigator whose magic keys have opened the door to those dwelling-places deep within us that we would not have known how to enter, its role in our lives… Read More
2021-12-25 03:02
Do you need something to smile about in these dark days? Meet Freddie.Freddie treats everything with respect. People, animals, birds, plants, even his breakfast.Freddie finds Buddhism. Sa… Read More
Book Review – Day Of The Triffids
2021-12-01 05:14
This is the classic catastrophe novel of the 20th Century and I appreciate the ending where there seems to be little room for optimism for the human race. There’s no cavalry coming to… Read More
2021-12-01 03:31
Afanasy Ivanovich and Pulkheria Ivanovich are the old world landowners of the title living in the Russian countryside. The narrator describes their existence as he saw it when he was their g… Read More
Office Life – Preview
2021-11-21 03:54
Excerpt from the book Different Planet 5 Days in the life of an English office – there’s lots of banter and insults flying around in this story. One person goes to the wrong… Read More
2021-11-07 21:12
An absolutely absurd story but in a good way. It’s a classic piece of writing. No explanation is provided as to how The Nose ended up in the bread of barber Ivan Yakovlevich one mornin… Read More
Book Review – Whose Body
2021-11-04 06:03
I’m not a big fan of this book indeed of the whole of the Lord Peter Wimsey series. It’s a bit too much like Bertie Wooster being a detective, with a similar background of wealth… Read More
2021-09-30 19:26
Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with another cat called Gemma and two humans, John, and Mary. I am about 3 years old though I can’t remember how old I am… Read More
2021-09-30 19:19
I tried reading this book 20 years or so ago and didn’t finish it. But I finished it this time and I was sorry it had to end. Now I’m going to read “A Portrait of the Artis… Read More
An Officer And A Spy – Book Review
2021-09-21 19:54
I’d heard of the Dreyfus Affair, but I’d never realised what a miscarriage of justice this was. After completing this book, I realised two things: how far the authorities can go… Read More
2021-09-19 19:53
Maigret is my favourite detective because he’s depicted as an ordinary man but is extraordinarily good at what he does. He has the respect of his colleagues and is quite content to eat… Read More
2021-09-15 19:52
Robinson Crusoe is a classic story inspired by the experience of Alexander Selkirk marooned for 4 years and 4 months on the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands 400 miles off Valparaiso, Ch… Read More
Pilgrim’s Progress – Book Review
2021-09-15 05:59
Another classic book that everyone ought to read at some point in their lives even if religion and / or Christianity holds no interest for you. To give it its full title, The Pilgrim&rsqu&hell…Read More
The Sign Of Four – Book Review
2021-09-13 19:54
One of the classic Sherlock Holmes’ books written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the one about India, missing treasure, a boat chase on The Thames, and Dr Watson meeting his wife. The only… Read More
2021-09-11 19:51
It’s a classic and rightly so. A tale of pirates, the high seas, and of course a treasure map created by the buccaneer Captain Flint. The many memorable characters include Long John Si… Read More
2021-08-27 01:54
I read this book twice in succession and I still can’t work out why it’s so absorbing – is it because of the flashbacks to the times that Harry has survived because he know… Read More
2021-07-27 01:26
This is a book in the ‘Steam Detective’ series by Andrew Martin. Detective Sergeant Jim Stringer is The Steam Detective though in this book, he’s in the army during Worl… Read More
2021-07-18 02:08
It’s a classic and rightly so. A tale of pirates, the high seas, and of course a treasure map created by the buccaneer Captain Flint. The many memorable characters include Long John Si… Read More
The Woods Of St Francis Mystery
2021-07-14 02:18
This is the sixth book in the Inspector Knowles series. There’s a new retriever in Goat Parva called Banjo and he’s providing good competition for Bingo, the favourite of Mrs… Read More
2021-06-20 01:21
Maigret is my favourite detective because he’s depicted as an ordinary man but is extraordinarily good at what he does. He has the respect of his colleagues and is quite content to eat… Read More
The Sign Of Four
2021-06-16 23:34
One of the classic Sherlock Holmes’ books written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the one about India, missing treasure, a boat chase on The Thames, and Dr Watson meeting his wife. The only… Read More
2021-06-13 23:32
This is a superb book and it’s so easy to read. Murder(s) in a girls’ school leave some of the mistresses dead, but who did it? Well, it turns out that it’s not quite that… Read More
An Officer And A Spy
2021-04-28 17:27
I’d heard of the Dreyfus Affair, but I’d never realised what a miscarriage of justice this was. After completing this book, I realised two things: how far the authorities can go… Read More
2021-04-21 01:00
Wood parked his car as close to the office door as possible. He didn’t particularly like exercise as it tended to show his smoking in a bad light. Joan and Trandorf jumped out of the c… Read More

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