Category Archives: Detection and Other Investigations

Surviving the Past-Building the Future: Andrew Taylor’s The Ashes of London

Taylor, Andrew. The Ashes of London. Harper 2016. I’m fairly sure this is the first novel I’ve read by Andrew Taylor. I’m wondering how I’ve managed not to have met his work before. The Ashes of London is a who-dunnit … Continue reading

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The Pity of Shadows: John Le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies

Le Carré, John. A Legacy of Spies.Viking, 2017.  A lot of us would agree, no doubt, that John Le Carré’s novels set in the cold war are some of his best, and, perhaps, you are like me in regretting the … Continue reading

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Do Not Pass Go: John Mortimer’s Quite Honestly

Mortimer, John. Quite Honestly. Penguin, 2006. This is another short book that you might be tempted to dismiss as somewhat lightweight. It is lighthearted, another thing entirely. If you like John Mortimer’s fiction, you will enjoy Quite Honestly. Bishop’s daughter Lucinda … Continue reading

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Plumbing the Mystery of Stephanie: A Brief Encounter With Janet Evanovitch’s Bounty Hunter

Evanovitch, Janet. One For the Money. New York, Scribners, 1994. ebook —. Eleven On Top. New York: St. Martins, 2005. ebook. From time to time, often towards the end of a semester, my reading group eschews “literary” fiction and takes … Continue reading

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Differing Variables. Drawing Conclusions on Horowitz’s Moriarty and some thoughts on Holmes’ Incarnations

Horowitz, Anthony. Moriarty. Orion 2014. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2015. It seems doesn’t it as if Sherlock Holmes just cannot be allowed to die? More writers than Holmes’ creator Conan Doyle have felt impelled to resurrect and reshape Holmes and to … Continue reading

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“Recovery”: The Joys and Pains of Convalescence. What to Read?

Bradley, Alan, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Toronto: Doubleday, 2015. Renzetti, Elizabeth. Based on a True Story. Toronto: Anansi, 2014. Rowling, J. K. All the Harry Potter books. London: Bloomsbury. Vancouver: Raincoast. Various dates. I have recently endured some not very … Continue reading

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Missing Hastings: Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders

Hannah, Sophie. The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery. New York: HarperCollins-William Morrow, 2014. In common with many others, I suspect, I approached Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders with a certain amount of trepidation. Co-incidentally, I had just watched David … Continue reading

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