Review: THE DROWNED CITY, by K.J. Maitland

Published by Headline Review in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio. Hardback published 1st April 2021, £16.99 A book by KJ Maitland is always something to savour. She has an enviable reputation both as a crime writer and expert in the beliefs and daily lives of our ancestors. In previous books she has delved into the … Continue reading

Managed Isolation Quarantine

The UK is operating a hotel-based isolation system for arrivals to the UK from certain countries and I thought it might be useful to give my own impressions of living in quarantine. Last year we had bad news. One week after cycling all around Lake Taupo, a total of over 150 km, our brother Alan, … Continue reading

Review: SHIELD OF THE RISING SUN, by Adam Lofthouse, published by Lume Books

ISBN: 978 1 83901197 9 I am writing this in a room in a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. Outside the weather looks bright and clear, with clouds thinly covering the skies. In here it’s warm and not humid, and the room is in many ways a typical conference centre type of bedroom. However, there … Continue reading

Review: JOHN HERRING by Sabine Baring-Gould

Praxis Books, ISBN 978 09559517 01 – paperback £12.50 In these pages I tend to review more modern books, specifically crime – but I am changing. This is a case in point.  What is different about this book? Well, for one thing, the cover is a fabulous, really fabulous photograph. I have to say that … Continue reading

Review: A COTSWOLD ORDEAL by Rebecca Tope

Published by Allison and Busby; ISBN: 9780749082680 paperback, price £7.99 No, I didn’t get this free – I bought it! I have to start with a personal disclosure – I have know Rebecca for many years, and she’s a good friend. But then again, any author who reviews books will very likely know the author … Continue reading

2020 – A New year!

A new year is always a time to take stock, to think about things, and plan and scheme! This year is going to be one of change for me. I’ve finally taken back the rights to half my books from Simon and Schuster and will be working with a number of other publishers to market … Continue reading

2nd in #BloodyMary series: A MURDER TOO

2nd in #BloodyMary series: A MURDER TOO SOON – and Jack is sent to Woodstock to murder a lady-in-waiting. When she dies, he is suspected – but he’s innocent. How can he prove it? @SevernHouse https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Too-Soon-mystery-Bloody-ebook/dp/B074CLRMPF/ref=pd_cp_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B074CLRMPF&pd_rd_r=7d4e3d94-cc8b-11e8-819b-196af8858ff7&pd_rd_w=htgUP&pd_rd_wg=7vUQn&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=0ca7ef78-a9c4-4935-a8ff-59221f1ded3e&pf_rd_r=7W01XCHPG3DX003B4PJJ&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=7W01XCHPG3DX003B4PJJ

The first chance I’ve had to paint in a

The first chance I’ve had to paint in a year. So I thought I’d do a nice, local scene: the Finch Foundry, a National Trust site that’s full of waterwheels and hammers!

April 26th – Not A Good Day

I have some friends – yes, all too few, I know – who used to own the once-wonderful and eccentric Evesham Hotel. When they sold the place, they had a book which they knew I adored: it was a book of events, listed by date. Very kindly, they gave it to me. There are some days … Continue reading

Sad To See Them Go!

A strange thing, to sell off old toys from my childhood. But yesterday I sold off a cowboy figure and two knights (one black, one silver, naturally). Like Action Men, they are all one foot tall, and their selection of weapons was quite well made and designed. The Action Men will also be going to … Continue reading