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The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds: A Detective L&hellip by Karen Charlton
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5.0 out of 5 stars A skilful mystery, 3 July 2014
I read this in one sitting - couldn't put it down. Charlton takes you straight into the characters' lives and, as in all good mysteries, she presents a variety of possible outcomes. A tale skilfully told by an author who understands people's weaknesses, prejudices and foibles very well.
How Blue is my Valley by Jean Gill
How Blue is my Valley by Jean Gill
This is one of those books that transcends genre; it's as much a travel book as a personal memoir - as is the best travel writing. Gill's account of her first year in Provence is very entertaining. The humour is often wry and dry, especially her account of dealing with day-to-day household affairs in a different language, where mis-translations and confusions are very amusing. But there are also some poignant details and some beautiful descriptions of her lavender blue valley. Anyone who has moved to a very different location to where one grew up or, indeed, a new country, will relate to some of the quotidian ironies and irritations, and how ultimately humour is the only remedy. All in all,… Read more
Chasing Pharaohs by C. M. T. Stibbe
Chasing Pharaohs by C. M. T. Stibbe
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid, compelling story, 30 April 2014
C.M.T Stibbe writes beautifully. Apart from being an extremely well told tale, 'Charing Pharoahs' is full of poetic imagery, which took this reader right into the Pharaoh's palace and down along the dark, dangerous riverside at night. The story is told from different point's of view, but this adds to the sense of imminent danger and intrigue: will the 'queen' succeed in poisoning her brother? Is she in fact poisoning him, or is it someone else? Is the killer man/dog real or imaginary? The plot is compelling, and so is the historical background. It is evident that the author knows her epoch extremely well and this contributes greatly to the book. Thoroughly recommended.