His last bow

Containing – “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” (1908), “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (1892), “The Adventure ,of the Red Circle” (1911), “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” (1908), “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” (1913), “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (1911), “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” (1910), and, “His Last Bow. An […]

Anatomy of a scanal

Told from a variety of point of views, and interspersed with flashbacks this book starts off with an affair that turns into an alleged rape. Sophie is married to James, the man accused in this case. Kate is the prosecuting barrister. One believes him guilty and will do everything to secure a conviction. The other […]

God’s own country

Johnny Saxby is running his family farm pretty much single-highhandedly. His father’s illness means he can’t help out, although he can still point out what needs doing. His mother left a long time ago. It’s just him, his father, and his nan living an isolated life in Yorkshire. He spends his day looking after the […]

The valley of fear

Sherlock Holmes ; 4 or 7, depending on how you are counting. This is the fourth and final of the novels by Doyle. In it Holmes and Watson head to Birlstone Manor to investigate a murder, having been first warned that Moriarty may be involved. There is much deducing and eventually Holmes has the case […]

The river bank

A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows There are two main reasons I wanted to read this book. First off it is a book by Kij Johnson. Second of all it is a sequel to The Wind in the Willows, so first I reread that back in February, and then I got […]

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This history of bees

translated by Diane Oatley Bees are pretty cool insects. They are also pretty damn important. Insects in general are essential to the world we know, so maybe think twice before spraying those insecticides and getting rid of all the dandelions in your lawn. We need insects1 so we should be paying more attention to their […]

Mayhem

Added to Mount TBR in March 2018 – I came across this book as it was longlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize. It sounded interesting It is a strange book in a way. Sort of a biography, sort of a book about drug addiction, but more a book about dealing with other people and […]

The wind in the willows

It’s fairly impossible for me to be objective about The Wind in the Willows. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read the whole book before, but I certainly remember many extracts that were part of school books over the years. The first chapter certainly has stuck with me; “onions sauce” is such a great insult. […]

Birdsong

The French trilogy ; 2 Set before, during, and after World War 1 Birdsong tells the story of a young Englishman. Staring before the war in France where he starts a passionate affair with a married woman. There is a jump in time and we meet Stephen in the trenches, and that storyline is then […]

Gnomon

I loved this book. Loved it. But I am totally aware that this is not a book that everyone will enjoy. It starts out with Inspector Neith investigating a death in custody. Her method of investigation includes reliving the mind of the deceased. And so we are introduced to Diana Hunter, a woman who refused […]