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Month: November 2011


We Bought A Zoo

I read We Bought a Zoo a few years ago in my pre-blog days and it’s remained one of my favourite non-fiction reads. It’s the story behind Dartmoor Zoo but more than that it’s the story of a man without a zoological background who one…

Crime Fiction

Shakespeare’s Champion

Things have taken on a darker edge in the second instalment of the Lily Bard Mysteries. The town’s champion body builder is found dead at Marshall’s gym and all signs point away from accident. With that and the deaths of two others, one a young…

Young Adult

This is Not Forgiveness

I can’t decide what to do with your ashes. It’s been nearly a year now. Almost summer again. … This is not forgiveness. Don’t think that. A powerful start. We know Rob is dead. We know there were funerals. We know Rob has done something…

Crime Fiction

The Crowded Grave

At the site of a ground-breaking archaeological find, a more recent burial is discovered. With an important summit being held in the region, authorities are on the look-out for Basque separatists all the while trying to protect the local foie gras farms from animal activist…


In Praise of Savagery

As a young man, Warwick Cairns met legendary explorer, Wilfred Thesiger. At the time, he didn’t know who he was. He had gone a long to a meeting of one of those charities that arranges community work in third world countries for youngsters that haven’t…

Crime Fiction

Shakespeare’s Landlord

Lily Bard chose the quiet Arkansas town of Shakespeare to escape as the name appealed to her on the map. She’s suffered in the past and wishes to keep it there, so she busies herself with her cleaning job and keeping out of trouble. Until…

Books In


AKA In My Mailbox Quite a few books in this week although nothing specifically for review so no pressure! First up is the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris. I got these for the bargain price of £6.99 for the set from The Book People…

Young Adult


Hayling Island sits off the coast or Portsmouth on the south coast of England. Fourteen year old Alix is walking her dog along the beach one cold spring morning when she witnesses a man being thrown out of a boat. With her at the time…