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James McGee – Rapscallion (2009)

(an unused rte review)

Matthew Hawkwood, Bow Street Runner, is given the task of investigating a series of escapes from the prison-ships, or hulks, in which French prisoners were incarcerated during the Napoleonic Wars. Two naval officers who were previously sent in to investigate have disappeared. Read the rest of this entry »

Suzette A Hill – Bone Idle (2009)

(an unused rte review)

BONE IDLE is one of those books where it would be misleading to start with the traditional plot summary. This is due to the fact that in the first place there is very little plot to speak of, but more importantly plot is certainly not the most important feature. Read the rest of this entry »

Judith Cutler – Shadow of the Past (2008)

(an unused rte review)

Rev Tobias Campion is the vicar of a country parish in Warwickshire in the early 19th century; 1811 to be precise in the case of SHADOW OF THE PAST. He is actually the younger son of a great aristocrat who has renounced his family’s, and especially his father’s, values, wealth and lifestyle because he felt called to his vocation. Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Charles – The Beautiful Sound of Silence (2009)

(an unused rte review)

THE BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF SILENCE opens dramatically when a man is burnt to death in the Bonfire Night conflagration at Primrose Hill. Read the rest of this entry »

Simon Brett – Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter (2009)

(an unused rte review)

‘It’s frightfully awkward, Mater, but I’m afraid there’s a dead body in the library.’ The opening words of BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE EX-KING’S DAUGHTER will probably give a reasonable indication as to whether it is the kind of book which any reader is likely to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

Watching every episode of all 5 series of The Wire was an endeavour quite different to the other viewings of DVD box sets which I undertook during my hiatus in terms of both quantity and, more importantly, quality. It is one of those, relatively rare, items which undoubtedly belongs on both my blogs (which is why it appears on both!). Read the rest of this entry »

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