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”

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”

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”

Metroland by Julian Barnes

This is Julian Barnes’s first book and it’s in three parts. The first and third sections are set in Metroland – a strip of suburbia in outer London – in 1963 and 1977 respectively. The middle section is set in Paris in 1968. The first section chronicles the development of a friendship between Christopher andContinue reading “Metroland by Julian Barnes”

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‚Äôs blonde hair tumbled over artificially brown shoulders and the rhododendron branchesContinue reading “The Goat Parva Murders”

Diary of a Nobody – Book Review

The original text for this book first appeared in Punch magazine but was turned into a book and published in 1892. Weedon Grossmith drew the illustrations that illuminate this book. This is the diary of Mr Charles Pooter who takes himself too seriously and is rather self-important. He has a habit of having small accidentsContinue reading “Diary of a Nobody – Book Review”

Diary of a Buddhist Cat

Freddie the Buddhist Cat is now on TikTok. Here is a link to the page  https://www.tiktok.com/@julianworkerbooks Freddie treats everything with respect. People, animals, birds, plants, even his breakfast. Freddie finds Buddhism. Saved from the shelter by John and Mary, a new life begins. Then he meets Gemma.  She regards humans as oppressors as they tookContinue reading “Diary of a Buddhist Cat”