‘Fatal Forgery’ by Susan Grossey

Fatal Forgery Long before the days of online banking, a big part of any banker’s working life was trust – but not all bank employees were able to resist the lure of hard cash. In 1824, respectable banker Henry Fauntleroy is arrested on charges of forgery, leaving Constable Samuel Plank to find out exactly what’s…

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Sharing a Box of Frogs

If I had a virtual box of blogs, it’d definitely be worth sharing, unlike a box of frogs which I imagine might fare better in the garden down by the pond. In recent weeks, several fellow bloggers have generously shared one or other of my blogs/websites, prompting new comments and more followers (which is nice). Having been ultra…

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‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The twelve short stories collected together as ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ were first published in The Strand Magazine, beginning with ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’. Arthur Conan Doyle’s first two novels featuring the consulting detective (‘A Study in Scarlet’ and ‘The Sign of Four’) hadn’t made much of an impression…

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Saying the Same Old Thing…

One of the challenges in writing novels is how we use language. A big part of that language (obviously), is the words we use to say what we want to say. And while there are a fair few words available, it can be tough to constantly come up with new ways of saying the same…

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‘Cold Comfort Farm’ by Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm I’ve wanted to read this novel since seeing the movie version back in the late 90’s (starring Kate Beckinsale, Eileen Atkins and Ian McKellen), but it’s taken me til now to actually get around to it. Stella Gibbons was working at the Evening Standard in 1928 when the paper decided to serialise…

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