The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the ending. However, the ending is satisfying and does close the main story of this book, which leads from early 19th-Century Eastern EuropeContinue reading “The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler”

Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon books are so easy to read. There’s snippets of conversation, vivid descriptions of the countryside, and a mystery thrown in for good measure. Maigret investigates a crime at the Three Widows Crossroads where a diamond dealer is found dead at the wheel of a car that’s in the wrong garage. In this tale,Continue reading “Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon”

The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the ending. However, the ending is satisfying and does close the main story of this book, which leads from early 19th-Century Eastern EuropeContinue reading “The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler”

Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon books are so easy to read. There’s snippets of conversation, vivid descriptions of the countryside, and a mystery thrown in for good measure. Maigret investigates a crime at the Three Widows Crossroads where a diamond dealer is found dead at the wheel of a car that’s in the wrong garage. In this tale,Continue reading “Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon”

Some more thoughts…

For you from some of my recent magazine reading. China Like other middle-income countries China has a debt problem about one third of its GDP is tied up in an indebted property sector that appears to be in crisis. Like other middle-income countries China risks “getting old before it gets rich”; its working-age population isContinue reading “Some more thoughts…”

The Tyrannicide Brief – Book Review

I wonder how many people know the name of the man who sent Charles I to the scaffold in 1649? I didn’t before I read this book and that’s a scandal. John Cooke is the man’s name. Born in humble surroundings in rural Leicestershire, John Cooke became a lawyer and was the man into whoseContinue reading “The Tyrannicide Brief – Book Review”

Some more thoughts…

For you from some of my recent magazine reading. China Like other middle-income countries China has a debt problem about one third of its GDP is tied up in an indebted property sector that appears to be in crisis. Like other middle-income countries China risks “getting old before it gets rich”; its working-age population isContinue reading “Some more thoughts…”

Some thoughts…

For you from some of my recent magazine reading. A paradox of freedom The more people’s choices expand, the more human beings demand a stable space in which to make them. When this is threatened security eclipses liberty, for if order in society can no longer be relied on freedom has little value. The lessonContinue reading “Some thoughts…”

The Tyrannicide Brief – Book Review

I wonder how many people know the name of the man who sent Charles I to the scaffold in 1649? I didn’t before I read this book and that’s a scandal. John Cooke is the man’s name. Born in humble surroundings in rural Leicestershire, John Cooke became a lawyer and was the man into whoseContinue reading “The Tyrannicide Brief – Book Review”

Some thoughts…

For you from some of my recent magazine reading. A paradox of freedom The more people’s choices expand, the more human beings demand a stable space in which to make them. When this is threatened security eclipses liberty, for if order in society can no longer be relied on freedom has little value. The lessonContinue reading “Some thoughts…”