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Fizzled Fire

I’m struggling. Oh boy am I struggling. What with I hear you ask? My latest read, The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor. Which is a shame, because I read The Ashes of London (book 1) in two fast sittings. I practically ate it up, it was such an interesting read. Well, for me at least. I loved the setting, the period surrounding the Great Fire of London, which came just after the restoration of Charles II to the throne, and the ending of the Cromwell Era. An absolutely fascinating time, with lots of intrigue, subterfuge, and yes, Regicide (don’t you just love that word?) followed by one of the greatest tragedies of the time, a fire that nearly consumed London. So, what’s not to love. The Ashes of London certainly delivered, with intriguing suspense littered with a couple of baffling murders, and a merry chase through the streets of London. I thoroughly enjoyed the shenanigans, which was also tinged with some tragedy and heartbreak. So why am I having a hard time reading book two, …

Fathers Day

My own father passed away quite some time ago and me, myself, am no spring chicken. But today, we could still celebrate Father’s Day. We were delighted to have a visit from the In-Laws who also brought cake. I mean, they are always welcome especially if they bring homemade cake! The icing on today’s cake also came in the form of an Amazon delivery. Yes. I know. On a Sunday of all days. They appear to have changed delivery companies. Or, maybe, added a new one. Because we were lucky enough, way up here in the Frozen North (where, by the way, it’s 31 degrees today) to get a delivery. Colour me surprised. So I am now in receipt of FORCE OF NATURE, by Jane Harper, and the delightfully colourful, THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN, by Vassam Khan. Both of which I’m looking forward to reading in the coming days.  

I Spy with My Little Eye …

The sassy Vera @ Unfiltered Tales tagged me to take part in this fun challenge and, as I was asked really nicely, here I am taking up the sword/gauntlet/bazooka. So what’s it all about? The Challenge: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes! Side note: There is no way in hell I’ll be able to do this in five minutes. I can’t do anything in five minutes these days. But what I am going to do is choose one author, the SF Grand Master himself, Robert A. Heinlein. And find covers/titles for all 20 categories. So, here goes … wish me luck: FOOD FOOD and farmers … even if they’re inside a custom built habitat the other side of the galaxy. TRANSPORTATION Three friends build a spaceship, as you do, and fly it to the moon, as you do … and crash! WEAPON …

News Alert #1

Hot off the bongo-drums on Twitter, I see that new galleys are available for KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, by Louise Penny, via @weiss_squad. Now, if only I were a member. Also, there’s an interesting piece on Louise Penny: By the book (or should that read: buy the book?) over on the NYT, originally published Aug last year. Still worth a few minutes of your time to go have a read. And if you still have time, check out a super short story, The Empty Chair, by Stephanie Marland (A.K.A. Crimethrillergirl) over on the UK newspaper, The Express, website. Cleverly twisted!