Best Books: my top twenty-five reads of 2023.

Welcome to my 2023 review of books. Thanks to a broken leg, I read one hundred and ten books this year, surpassing all  my previous records, which makes choosing the best reads of the year even harder! Some of the trends which pleased me this year were: more choice of...

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Surprise yourself. Extracts from June newsletter

Hello there. Sorry about the lack of newsletter in May. I simply ran out of time to write it - lots of boring and stressful things happening in my life. However I've taken a bit of time to re-think what I'm doing and to re-prioritise, and I do suggest you do the same...

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My top ten crime writers and their best novel

The last in my series about crime writing, this blog finishes with a personal selection of my favourite crime writers and their (IMO) best novel. So far in the series I have covered crime and thriller locations, top weird and wonderful narratives, crime and thriller...

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Top ten books to get you in the mood for spring

It's March and here in Scotland the weather can go either way. Right now my cherry tree is in blossom and I'm considering getting the garden furniture out. But in March 2018, Edinburgh was buried in snow thanks to the 'beast from the east'. Thankfully books are not...

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Top Ten Crime and Thriller Series

As avid readers, is there anything better than discovering a new series of books to devour? Crime and thriller books seem to lend themselves particularly well to series, presumably because early on the writer can establish the main character - the professional or...

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