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”

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”

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”

The Goat Parva Murders

This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside.  ========== The stalker trained his binoculars on the ground floor lounge window where Danica Baker-Clements could be seen in her underwear watching TV. Danica’s blonde hair tumbled over artificially brown shoulders and the rhododendron branchesContinue reading “The Goat Parva Murders”

The Goat Parva Murders

This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside.  ========== The stalker trained his binoculars on the ground floor lounge window where Danica Baker-Clements could be seen in her underwear watching TV. Danica’s blonde hair tumbled over artificially brown shoulders and the rhododendron branchesContinue reading “The Goat Parva Murders”

Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse

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 thoroughly human and has faults. Lord Emsworth only ever thinks about his pig The Empress of Blandings, his sister Connie is always tellingContinue reading “Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse”

Avalanche Express by Colin Forbes

This is a review of Avalanche Express only and not of The Heights of Zervos. 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 before the airport is closed by a severe snowstorm blanketing Northern Europe.Continue reading “Avalanche Express by Colin Forbes”

The Island of Sheep by John Buchan

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. Richard Hannay and Sandy Clanroyden have both featured in other stories by John Buchan. Here they’re helping a friend calledContinue reading “The Island of Sheep by John Buchan”

A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

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 Gladys was strangled. Whodunit? Miss Marple arrives at Yewtree Lodge, the home of the Fortescues where Gladys was a maid, about 2/5ths of theContinue reading “A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie”

The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth

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 implement a final solution of their own via a rocket attack on Israel. The book is set in late 1963 and 1964 andContinue reading “The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth”