Our Cats in Amsterdam

Our Cats in Amsterdam is the sequel to The Diary of a Buddhist Cat. 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, and human traffickers in Amsterdam, our heroes face manyContinue reading “Our Cats in Amsterdam”

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”

The Fox by DH Lawrence

The DH Lawrence novella about two girls, Banford and March, whose existence is terminally interrupted by the arrival of a soldier, whose grandfather lived on the farm that the girls are working five years previously before WWI began. Banford and March had taken the farm together intending to work it all by themselves. Banford isContinue reading “The Fox by DH Lawrence”

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”

The Europeans – Henry James – Book Review

I’ve never read a Henry James book before and then I saw a copy of this book in MacLeod’s bookshop in Vancouver and thought I should give it a go. Well, I’m glad I did, but I doubt I will read another book by this author. It was interesting but not gripping and I didn’tContinue reading “The Europeans – Henry James – Book Review”

The Europeans – Henry James – Book Review

I’ve never read a Henry James book before and then I saw a copy of this book in MacLeod’s bookshop in Vancouver and thought I should give it a go. Well, I’m glad I did, but I doubt I will read another book by this author. It was interesting but not gripping and I didn’tContinue reading “The Europeans – Henry James – Book Review”