Author Archives: Onesimus

Derbyshire Crime Writing

I found this to be a very interesting video, presented by two crime writers whose work is set in Derbyshire, my home county in England. Unfortunately there are some strange interruptions that cut the flow of the talk, and some apparent … Continue reading

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Clean Cut, by Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante writes strong, straight forward, compelling narratives that concentrate on one or two primary characters. Her style possibly reflects her background in popular TV crime drama. While her plots have a good share of twists and turns, there is … Continue reading

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Why Now? ( a more extensive venture into crime fiction)

I’m approaching 60. I’ve been an avid reader since I was 5 years old, and half a lifetime ago, as a “mature-aged student”, I completed a BA degree in English literature and creative writing. And yet, for some reason, only … Continue reading

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Venturing into Crime and Fiddle Music

I don’t recall ever being a fan of crime fiction, apart from a short period in my early 20s when I read a few Agatha Christie’s. However I was recently drawn to two British TV series based on crime novels. … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: 3 Books and a Song

The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb Christina Lamb is a foreign correspondent with a close relationship to Afghanistan and its people. Long before the current crisis of the west’s longest war-without-end, Lamb was reporting from Afghanistan. During the … Continue reading

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A Nurse at the Front, by Sister Edith Appleton

The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. This is a book I’ve been reading over a long period – not quite for as many years as it took for the original diaries to be written, but I’ve been … Continue reading

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Noah’s Law, by Randa Abdel-Fattah

PAGE TURNER ALERT!!! This book has been a “breath of fresh air” on my recent reading list. I needed something like this – the kind of book I was very reluctant to put down, and could have read in one … Continue reading

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Where the Streets Had a Name, Randa Abdel-Fattah

Every political situation has human face: often unseen or unnoticed, expediently pushed aside and ignored. Decisions made by rulers affect voiceless, everyday people who are prevented from determining their own path in life. In Where the Streets Had a Name,  an … Continue reading

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Half Girlfriend, by Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend follows the complicated relationship between Madhav Jha and Riya Somani, who meet at college in Delhi. Madhav is heir of  a faded “royal” family from a poor Indian town where his mother manages and teaches at the local impoverished … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings Meets Donald trump

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