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The Saint Zita Society
Who are you and what have you done with Ruth Rendell? This is a distressingly ghastly book.

Rendell's style is here and I know some of her more recent...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Another enjoyable instalment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. McCall Smith certainly churns them out along with his other two 'middle clas...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1)
I was surprised to dislike this book intensely. I'd not read (or seen) any Inspector Lynley and I was expecting to enjoy this tale of an aristocrat po...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
Kiss Me! How to raise your children with love
I'll be buying my own copy of this book. It's not the best argued, the way it uses evidence is possibly rather suspect, but it has a unique eloquence....more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
The Memory Chalet
I have such mixed feelings about this book - but I am not sure whether some of those are not mixed feelings about my own motivations in choosing to re...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (Portuguese Irregular Verbs, #4)
Back to reality for von Igelfeld - it seems a long time ago since he got himself embroiled in political shenanigans in warmer climes in his last outin...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Already Dead (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #13)
Let's be clear. My four star delight in this novel derives considerably from my familiarity even for a Stephen Booth with the settings for this partic...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion
A story in which not so very much happens, short and straightforward - one of those where you feel you must have missed something. What I liked about...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats
A very appealing book written in an engaging style. I haven't tried making any of the recipes (yet) so I don't know if they work but the little hints...more
Feb 13, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Set in Darkness (Inspector Rebus, #11)
It's been good to get back and fill in some Rebus gaps. A fatter than usual offering, which is, for me, often a bad sign, however, I didn't feel this...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
The Library Book
The trouble with a book about libraries is that I want to cry the whole way through for the love and the fear of loss. This was a great collection - I...more
Jun 11, 2013
May 27, 2013
How Mothers Love: And How Relationships Are Born
What Mothers Do...Especially When It Looks Like Nothing was a phenomenal book, deceptively skilled. Naomi Stadlen allows mothers to speak for themselv...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
In Defence of Dogs
This was a slightly odd book, the main message of which is that theories of dog training which rely on the notion that because of their wolf-heritage...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola
Mark Thomas likes Coca Cola, hates Pepsi.

It is too easy to see him as a knee jerk rejecter of all the products of multi-national corporations and thi...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Red Dust Road
This was my first foray into digital audiobook, my first loan from the new library service. I had wanted to read Red Dust Road since it came out and I...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
The Corpse Bridge (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #14)
Stephen Booth has all the hallmarks of a thoroughly good egg, a national treasure indeed, and if he isn't sponsored by the national and local tourist...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
Walking Home: A Poet's Journey
In my head I conflate pop star turned physics professor turned physics star Dr Brian Cox and probation officer turned poetry professor and poetry star...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Investigation
The plot didn't quite work but by the time that framework had been hung with all the details of Ruth, Nelson and Cathbad's lives, and a change of scen...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
From Matlock to Mamelodi: 5000 miles of poetry with the Derbyshire Poet Laureate Ann Atkinson
Ann Atkinson was the Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2009 and 2011 and this collection of her work in that role was published by Derbyshire County Counc...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
A Beginner's Guide to Acting English
Not the humorous book I was expecting, although it transpires that stand-up comic Shappi Khorsandi's father and brother are both also in the comedy bu...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England
Frustratingly not quite good enough, like its predecessor Pies and Prejudice. I really enjoyed Maconie's autobiography Cider with Roadies. I haven't l...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
I remember enjoying Jon Ronson's 'Them' and I forget where I heard about this book and how I came to put it on my list of books to read.

What I liked a...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Walk the Peak 2
A curious and delicious book of 50 walks in The Peak (not confined solely to the National Park) Curious because it is a lush coffee table format of ph...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
Beat Fatigue with Yoga: The Simple Step-by-Step Way to Restore Energy
I had high hopes of this book and believe I was ready for it. I heard about the first edition a good many years ago (this is the 3rd) and at that time...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
The Hairy Dieters Eat For Life
Although hardly a bible for the vegetarian on the road to a healthy weight, being heavy on the dead stuff, this was a worthwhile and enjoyable read. I...more
Oct 2013
Oct 01, 2013
Darleys in the Dale
Many of the reasons I enjoyed this book are circumstantial. I was told about this book whilst walking my young Welsh Springer Spaniel in woods on Darl...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
An enjoyable return to Three Pines... or rather an enjoyable return to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Beauvoir and Lacoste. In many ways, my fondness...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
Jamie's Great Britain
I was in the mood for a beautifully presented and not too high falutin' cookbook and that's what I got. It is pretty readable as a book and I found so...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
Brill Walks In The Peak
This is Book Three of a series of Peak District walking guides - and the 'Brill' relates as much to the surname of one of the authors, Bob Brill, as t...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Life Sentence (Fran Harman, #1)
This was a great find. I wanted a book set in Kent to read on my holiday in the county and didn't come up with very much that appealed. However, I fou...more
Aug 30, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
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