Three things have dawned on me recently - all of them unrelated, yet each are life defining in some small way. In a world full of conflict and uncertainty, wars raging in faraway places and so many people suffering through dictatorships, or at the hands of corrupt governments or even through a genuine lack of … Continue reading Three Revelations
Have you ever just looked up at the sky and wondered what it all means? Why are we here? What is the plan for us? Humans are complex creatures. Our brains are wired to search for meaning in even the smallest of occurrences. It is the reason that institutions like religion exist - they are … Continue reading What is the meaning of this?
The title picture is credited to NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Endless Night was first published in 1967 and is one of Agatha Christie's favourite pieces of her own work. It does not include any of her established detectives and although it is a mystery novel, it is a departure from Agatha Christie's usual style. Image sourced from … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s Endless Night
Agatha Christie's '4.50 from Paddington' was first published in 1957 and is the 8th book in the Miss Marple series. Image sourced from the 4.50 from Paddington sales page on Amazon.com under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book, click here. Mrs McGillicuddy catches the 4.50 from Paddington station. At a certain … Continue reading 4.50 from Paddington: A Miss Marple mystery
Here is a wonderful review and well written synopsis of my debut novel, ‘Underneath the Killing Tree.’
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this short story by the author but have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.
On a sunny morning in 1920, Emlyn Quinn is found hanging from the linden tree on the lushly landscaped estate of Loxley Hall. Ruled as a suicide, her passing is dismissed by the local authorities and may have gone unnoticed had it not been for Mary. Mary Loxley, Emlyn’s kid sister has returned to Loxley Hall from Paris after receiving a cryptic message for Emlyn just days earlier. Convinced that Emlyn’s death was not a suicide but a murder, Mary is determined to uncover the truth.
In present day, Detective Inspector Andy Bliss is called to a gruesome crime scene in the industrial district. With the victim being the proverbial “one that got away” in the Detective’s history, he should…
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Agatha Christie first published The Secret of Chimneys in 1925. It is the first appearance in any of her books of Superintendent Battle (Here an Inspector) and it also features an amateur detective by the name of Anthony Cade. Image sourced from Amazon.com and used under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s: The Secret of Chimneys
Limerence is a relatively recent addition to the English dictionary. The word was coined in 1977 by an author who was looking for a word to describe someone who was in a state of infatuation. Some people mistakenly use it as a noun to describe someone who is in love - however their is a … Continue reading Word of the Day: Limerence
Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly was first published in 1956. It is a Hercule Poirot mystery and as with Elephants Can Remember, he is teamed up once again with the famous mystery author and Agatha Christie's alter ego, Ariande Oliver. Image sourced from Amazon sales page under the rules of fair use. To purchase this … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s: Dead Man’s Folly
I once knew a cat named Nefa. I was never certain as to whether she was named after the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, or if her name came about due to her notoriously sinister actions. Nefa enjoyed sitting high above, swiping her sharpened claws indiscriminately at all who passed! Regardless of the origins of Nefa's name … Continue reading Word of the Day: Nefarious
To be completely frank, I had never known the exact meaning of the word perspicacity. I had heard it a number of times and had made an educated guess as to its meaning from the context that it had been used, however I had always been too lazy to pick up the dictionary and check … Continue reading Word of the Day: Perspicacity