Category Archives: fiction

A legacy of spies by John Le Carre (Viking)

“What follows is a truthful account, as best as I am able to provide it, of my role in the British deception operation codenamed Windfall..  THIS sequel to the Spy Who Came in from the Cold is probably best read … Continue reading

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper Collins)

“There was going to be a funeral.”   This is two books lashed together as one. The first is a detective story. We are gently introduced in a slow, west country way, to the cast of villagers. The net curtains … Continue reading

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Bad business by Robert B Parker (No Exit Press)

‘Do you do divorce work’ the woman said. ‘I do,’ I said. ‘Are you any good?’ ‘I am,’ I said.   THE late Robert Brown Parker wrote more than 40 Spenser detective novels plus another nine around the character Jessie … Continue reading

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My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Penguin)

“There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in hospital for almost nine weeks” THE thing about writing solely on a macro level is that there is no horizon over which the sun … Continue reading

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The vanishing futurist by Charlotte Hobson (Faber)

“In May 1914, much against the advice of my parents, I took up the post of governess to the Robelev family of No 7 Gagarinsky Lane, Moscow” THERE is an endearing description on page two of this provocative, colourful entertaining, … Continue reading

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Ashes in the Wind by Christopher Bland (Head Zeus)

“John Burke wants to be Tomas Sullivan. John wants Tomas’s worn brown boots, the scabs on his knees, his green jersey darned with whatever coloured wool had come to his mother’s hand. He wants to talk like Tomas.” AN old … Continue reading

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The poet by Michael Connelly (Orion)

“Death is my beat. I make a living from it.” IF you have a cold or flu, then Michael Connelly is a good companion. Being a bit dopey helps with the severe plot twists, not twists at all really but … Continue reading

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