Author Archives: shirl

February 18

Globe: Life in Shakespeare’s London

Globe: Life in Shakespeare’s London by Catharine Arnole Post by Sandra I enjoyed reading this fascinating book which describes the times and life of William Shakespeare.  London was a bustling, busy town during Tudor times and Shakespeare found his place and popularity  as a well known playwright.   His success was not always enthusiastically acclaimed as one […]

February 17

Portrait of a Spy

Portrait of a Spy By Daniel Silva Post by Sandra This wonderful tale by the famed author of spy fiction weaves magic and reality together.  I enjoyed reading this story of the Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon and his glamorous wife, Chiara and also other members of his team who stop terrorists in their tracks.  I […]

February 16

When Christmas Bells Ring

When Christmas Bells Ring by Katie Flynn Post by Sandra When Christmas Bells Ring is a story set in Liverpool during the war years and tells the story of Rosheen, who at age 15 has twins.  It is also about  her life living with her mother, and the childhood years of the twins as they grow […]

February 15

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton Post by Sandra This is a magnificent story set in Cornwall at a beautiful country  estate in earlier times of the twentieth century and also the modern day of 2003. It also involves a wonderful sweep of history, including the first world war and also the later years after the […]

February 14


Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. Review post by Robyne Patterson. Chaos is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series which started in 1990 with Postmortem . So if you want to start at the beginning, better get going! There are over twenty books to read – could be a project for the New Year? Cornwell does not write […]

February 13

Believe No One

Believe No One by A. D. Garrett. Post by Robyne Patterson. Margaret Murphy and Professor David Barclay are the writing duo known as A. D. Garrett. They have written three crime novels which rely heavily on forensic detail. Professor Barclay is a forensic expert in real life so I think the forensics are a major […]

December 08

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain. Post by Robne55. In the world of books today it often seems that authors are continually trying to outdo each other. Bigger stories, better plot-lines, more complicated characters – think Stephen King, or James Patterson. All extraordinary things happening to ordinary people. What would happen if […]

December 07

Closed Casket

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie. Post by Robyne55. Of course this book is not written by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie because Agatha Christie died a long time ago. However, it appears Sophie Hannah has Ms. Christie’s divine guidance in the writing of this Hercule Poirot mystery. It has become fashionable to […]

December 06

Thursday’s Children

Thursday’s Children by Nikki French. Post by Sandra Taylor. A  psychological thriller which is quite compelling to read. A crime is perpetrated many years previously on a teenage girl and later the same crime is committed in a similar set of circumstances on another young girl. This book deals with the anxiety, the loss of […]

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. Post by Sandra Taylor.   This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets.  This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to […]