A. Hunter

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Location: Merstham, Surrey United Kingdom


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Hatred and Contempt by Peter Rawlinson
Hatred and Contempt by Peter Rawlinson
When a impoverished former Royal Yugoslav army officer publically contradicts the memoirs of a peer of the realm, accusing him of cowardice and treachery of 50 years previously, only a libel action is considered adequate to clear his name. But it isn't that simple and Lord Rawlinson weaves a cunning legal plot that keeps the reader in suspense. The issue as to who - or what - led the Allies to switch support from the royalist partisans to the communist ones in Yugoslavia in 1943, is contentious still. So the author did well to avoid ending up with a libel case himself (anyone interested in the true players of the time should google Sir Tommy Macpherson and Sir Fitzroy Maclean). The style is… Read more
Highwayman: Ironside by Michael Arnold
Highwayman: Ironside by Michael Arnold
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I thoroughly enjoy the Stryker novels with their evocative prose and coherent plots that are well grounded in the period. And this starts off in similar vein, but then slips into an increasingly less credible series of events, as if the author changed his mind as to what to do with the earlier material. Still, it's priced right for it's size and thus OK for brief commuter reading.
The Secret Rooms: A castle filled with intrigue, a&hellip by Catherine Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped by one's class, 28 Dec 2013
It says a lot of the present duke that he was prepared to let this story of his grandfather, and indeed great grandparents, be published. The author delved deep into the family papers to uncover the turning points of their lives against the backdrop of the First World War, and a fascinating read it is. She writes well - I expected no less after her earlier Black Diamonds book - and keeps the reader wondering what the next chapter will reveal. It is a detective story: She is obviously intelligent enough to have guessed the likely reasons but carefully eliminates the other possibilities before substantiating the true ones, always with first hand material. That can seem laboured at times, but… Read more