The Blue Knight – Joseph Wambaugh

The Blue Knight – Joseph Wambaugh

There must be something in this book to keep me reading through to the end, it might have been that I wanted to find out if the protagonist actually managed to retire in one piece or it might have been the writing. Bumper Morgan is an LAPD patrolman, he’s decided he’s going to retire on Friday […]

The Murder Game – Joan Flanagan

The premise of this book is interesting. You’ve got a rather demented host, both he and his family enjoy playing practical jokes on each other and their guests. This has been going on since the year dot and when host Bart decides to host a murder weekend it could be a recipe for disaster or […]

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 […]

RANDOMLY SHELVES OR SOMETHING

My brilliantly 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 due […]

The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

The things one finds on a quick search! Having tantalised you I’m going to talk about the book first before telling you what I’ve found. You can either be patient and read through or ignore it and skip to the bottom. The Book! This is a spy/kidnapping type story. Lucy, the eight-year-old daughter of Professor Wragby has been […]

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 […]