The Under Dog – Agatha Christie

The Under Dog – Agatha Christie

I’ve been collecting Agatha Christie for a very long time, if you’ve been reading here since the beginning you’ll have seen this little thought where I confessed they belonged to my sister first. I have a couple still to collect but they’re only three short stories so I’m just about there. I read The Under Dog recently […]

Lady, Lady, I did it! – Ed McBain

Lady, Lady, I did it! – Ed McBain

Picked this book up in an op shop in Frankston. I bought it for the cover and the age of the book, it’s very distinctive as having been published in the early 1960s. I love it for that alone, everything else is a bonus. Ed McBain published under several pseudonyms, including that of McBain as he was […]


My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]

Knights of Madness by Peter Haining

Peter Haining is my all-time favourite editor, he’s put together so many of my favourite anthologies that I wouldn’t know where to begin to choose just one. Instead I’ll talk about the latest one I’ve read. Haining has been putting together anthologies for longer than I can remember, sadly he won’t be doing any more as he […]

The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun

This is the fourth book in the Cat Who series. There’s only 29 mysteries in this series and unlikely to be more. Number 30 was cancelled when Braun died in 2011. You’ll find I scribbled a few words about the second book The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern four years ago! This time Qwill is given the […]

The Man on The Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

  Before I start I’m going to add the words ‘trigger warning’ in here before giving more details later on. I love the first paragraph of this book. Here is it is and then I’ll explain why. At a quarter to three the sun rose. This could be anything, with this sort of opening it could […]

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

I knew I’d read some of J. K. Rowling’s more adult work at some stage, I was just waiting for the right time to buy and the right time to read. I was early for lunch with some new friends a few weeks ago and popped into the antiques place next door to drool over their […]

Angels of Death – Emily Webb

Angels of Death: Disturbing real-life cases of nurses and doctors who kill. Yes, this is exactly what it says and it’s what the doctor ordered…now, after that corny line I’m continuing with some real phrases. Sent to me by the author and I’m very grateful as I’ve only recently gotten into true crime. It’s good […]

In the Kitchen With a Knife – Susan Wright

Caroline is running, escaping her abusive husband and looking for a place to finish her book, Riverbank Cottage seems ideal despite the murders. When she gets there she can’t concentrate on her writing, her neighbours are only too happy to talk to her about the murders and she ends up embroiled in the task of […]

Mondayitis – Blue VW

Okay, I admit it. Life is never dull when transporting a wizard on his crusade against the Nevernever. It isn’t exactly a Sunday picnic either. What with all the vampires and a mysterious man brandishing a sacred sword, it is a wonder my upholstery hasn’t been shredded more often. Honestly, I am getting too old […]