Monthly Archives: January 2018

Blind to the Bones, Stephen Booth

Officers were explaining patiently to distraught mothers that it was impossible for somebody who had been missing for only twenty-four hours to have been reduced to a skeleton in that time, no matter how badly they’d been eating recently.   … Continue reading

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Musical Tastes of Fictional Characters (2)

In a previous post about the music enjoyed by fictional characters I mentioned a Waterboys reference in Stephen Booth’s  first book Black Dog. The reference is in fact in his second book, Dancing With the Virgins.   ‘That was the … Continue reading

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26 January

Australia Day or Invasion Day?

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A Blast From My “Crime Fiction” Past

While looking for details of a review I recall writing on my very first version of this blog (not on wordpress), I accidently came across the following, that shows my journey into crime fiction wasn’t quite as recent as I … Continue reading

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Musical Tastes of Fictional Characters

One thing I’m enjoying when I read Stephen Booth’s books is the occasional musical reference. It seems like his Detective Constable Ben Cooper (maybe even Booth himself?) shares my musical taste. I think it was in Booth’s first book Black … Continue reading

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Blood on the Tongue, Stephen Booth

It was one of the worst sounds you could ever hear – the ticking of a clock in an empty house after its owner had died. It was a reminder that the world would carry on just the same after … Continue reading

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I Read

I Read Books Secular And/or sacred Seeing the best of things Or maybe the worst Enlightening Or offending Gratuitously? Is offence taken or given? Distinguish light from Darkness According to Individual merit  (or lack of) Without Pre-conception Or bias    

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A Necessary End, Peter Robinson

Patience and persistence paid off. The problems I mentioned regarding the previous two DCI Banks’ books aren’t an issue with this one. A Necessary End is the third in the series – and it’s a compelling, page turner involving politics and questionable … Continue reading

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Last Bus to Woodstock, Colin Dexter.

My parents often told me about the Morse TV series starring John Thaw as the title character, but I never saw it for myself. Neither have I seen any of the spin-off series Lewis, produced after Thaw’s death that follows … Continue reading

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A Dedicated Man, Peter Robinson

In the second of Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series, the body of Harry Steadman,  a respected and widely liked local historian, is discovered partially buried beneath a dry stone wall. Why would a man like that be murdered? Alan Banks … Continue reading

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