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The Bookshop That Floated Away by Sarah Henshaw
I saw this being discussed on the television and was intrigued. It is part travel book - the author takes her canal boat on a journey around the UK - but it is mostly a memoir. Sarah Henshaw was a journalist but she decided to buy a canal boat and convert it into a bookshop. Sadly her business suffered both from the recession and the rise in popularity of e-books, so it is fair to say that life as an independent bookseller becomes a struggle. Rather than stay put and potentially see the business fail, she sets off on a journey around the UK, bartering her books for things that she needs - including a hair cut. It is a fascinating story which is well written, including a whole section… Read more
Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
I love travel books and I can't believe it has taken me so many years to get around to reading this one! What a great trip, the odd flight here and there, but mainly place to place by train all over Europe. Bill Bryson was recreating a trip in this book that he had first experienced as a student, with his friend Katz. His observations include the hotels he stays in, what to see in different towns and cities as you wander around and what the restaurants and museums are like. It was a four star read, not five star for me purely because it was dated. This is no fault of the author - the book was first published twenty three years ago! But I did wonder whether some of the observations are still… Read more
The Book of Souls (Inspector Mclean Mystery 2) by James Oswald
4.0 out of 5 stars DI McLean is back!, 11 Jun 2014
This is the second book in what is currently a trilogy (hopefully there will be more to come). DI McLean is thrown into another murder investigation and it looks as though the Christmas killer is at it again - but he has died, in prison. So perhaps they have a copycat killer in Edinburgh and this time he is not waiting a year between kills.

A great read. All the familiar characters are back - Grumpy Bob, DCI 'Dagwood', DC MacBride etc and there are new characters too. I didn't think there was going to be a supernatural element to the book this time, but it comes in quite late in the storyline. Looking forward to book 3 now!

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