Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Some Crime Writers.....................

.......................manage a book a year and become very well known.

Others however, take 18 years to write 5 books and are less well known so you might not have come across Rennie Airth.
 book cover of 

The Death of Kings

  The first novel in his Inspector John Madden series, River of Darkness was published in 1999. In this 5th novel,The Death of Kings,although happily retired from the police force, John Madden is persuaded to investigate the case afresh.

On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his subsequent confession swiftly bring the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed the decade before truly guilty?

Well written, best to start with the first to find out about the characters.

The January Man by Christopher Somerville is a book of walks in Britain that started by sending me on a google hunt to find out about the song which gave the Author the idea.

Turns out it's well known by everyone except me..................there are dozens of versions on U tube.

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The walks are inspired by the song. Month by month, season by season and region by region Somerville walks routes that remind him of his childhood and his father.
Starting in the winter floodlands of the River Severn in January and taking him far north to the Island of Foula in the Shetland Isles, St Cuthberts Way in Northumberland and east to The Norfolk coast in October. He describes the history, wildlife, landscapes and people he meets or remembers.

A lovely descriptive book. 

These two and others read recently have been added to my 2017 Books Read list.

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  1. Confession ~ I don't think I have ever read crime fiction!

  2. I enjoy a good crime novel and I haven't come across this author's work. I must investigate further!

  3. I love TV crime shows but I too have never read a crime novel.....not even an Agatha Christie - Shame!

    1. My first crime books read were Agatha Christie way back in the 70's, then I progressed through adventure, historical, family and back to crime.

  4. Although I have read crime, it is not top of my list however the January Man looks right up my street, off to investigate .

  5. The January Man sounds like my kind of book. I'll check Amazon for it. Thanks!

  6. I'm trying to think of what else Christopher Somerville has written that I've read - I shall have to wait for inspiration though! Off to check it out at Amazon as it sounds my sort of book and I have a birthday coming up . . .

    1. He's written loads of books of walks but I've only read "The Other British Isles" a very long time ago.

  7. That second book sounds very interesting. In another part of the world husband and I are trying to take different walks each week. I think I might have to check it out...

  8. WOW !
    Both these books sound so good to me.
    With my brain injury I have trouble reading now but I love mysteries and exploring books.

    cheers, parsnip

  9. It's interesting what you say about the public footpath by your land, Sue. I walk with the Ramblers and occasionally we seem to walk into or just by people's gardens - once one complete with washing line full of the family's washing! The thing is the footpaths have often been there much longer than the people but I don't know how I'd feel if it it was my house and/or land.

    I'll be posting the book tomorrow or Saturday.

    Fingers crossed for good news on the health front.

  10. A public footpath sounds delightful. As long as it doesn't interfere with your own use of your own land.

    But it does sound delightful.

    Luna Crone