Goat Parva Murders

This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside, starring two policemen who have been working together for a few years and get along really well. There’s lots of dialogue and banter with some humour thrown in amongst the murders and suspects. ========== AdelaideContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders”

She’s Coming For You – discount

She’d loved animals her whole life. When her friends expressed their sadness that no one was hunting the hunters of animals, she decided to rectify the situation. She was the ideal candidate. In her normal job, as a soldier behind enemy lines, she’d killed animal abusers when given the chance and the animals were given some respite from their ordeals.Continue reading “She’s Coming For You – discount”

Conflict in Ukraine by Rajan Menon / Eugene Rumer – Book Review

This is a book about the events leading up to and including the Russian invasion of Crimea and the Donbas area in 2014 and doesn’t cover the 2022 invasion of the rest of Ukraine. The authors mention Zbigniew Brzezinski and his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard in which he stressed the importance of Ukraine asContinue reading “Conflict in Ukraine by Rajan Menon / Eugene Rumer – Book Review”

Byzantium – A Very Short Introduction

Number 437 in the ‘A Very Short Introduction’ series. In 324 AD the Roman Emperor Constantine defeated the last of his foes, Licinius, at sea, in the vicinity of the ancient Greek settlement of Byzantion (Latin Byzantium) on the straits of the Bosphorus. In celebration of his victory, he renamed the city Konstantinoupolis Nea RomeContinue reading “Byzantium – A Very Short Introduction”

Cross of Fire by Colin Forbes

This is an extremely long thriller at over 550 pages. It needs to be though as there are so many characters not all of whom are what they seem to be at first appearance. The good people are: Paula Grey, Newman (who appears to be in a permanent bad mood), Nield, Butler, Tweed, and Marler.Continue reading “Cross of Fire by Colin Forbes”

Weasels in the Attic

This novella explores fertility, masculinity, marriage, and tropical fish in contemporary Japan. There are three interconnected scenes in the book. The connection is the narrator and one of his male friends called Saiki. The Narrator has a wife and they want to have children. In the first story, the narrator and Saiki visit a friendContinue reading “Weasels in the Attic”

The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett

This is a superb story from Alan Bennett. As I read this, I was able to imagine listening to an audiobook of this story narrated by the author and loving the inflections of his voice. The story is about Rosemary and Maurice Ransome who come home from the opera to find their flat has beenContinue reading “The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett”

Rorke’s Drift by Neil Thornton

I’ve read a few books about Rorke’s Drift and this is one I will be keeping in my library. The book covers aspects of the battle not previously covered in anything else I’ve read, such as the defence and the withdrawal from the hospital and who was where and when during this time. Rorke’s DriftContinue reading “Rorke’s Drift by Neil Thornton”

Partisans by Alistair MacLean

This is a book mainly set in The Balkans in the middle of World War II. Three Yugoslavs set out from Rome to warn The Partisans about the German battle plan that will soon be launched against them. They are accompanied by a number of strange people who are not what they seem. In fact,Continue reading “Partisans by Alistair MacLean”

Our Cats in Amsterdam – Review

Our Cats in Amsterdam is the sequel to The Diary of a Buddhist Cat. This is the link to the review on Reedsy: Freddie and Gemma’s combination of daring rescues, apprehension of thieves, and stealthy listening skills have come to the attention of the crows at Europol. Recruited to spy on the mafia, diamond smugglers,Continue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam – Review”