The Edward de Vere Society (EdVS)

An extract from the book 40 Strange Groups which is currently on sale. The Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship holds that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays and poems traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare. It is recognized by Oxfordians and Stratfordians alike that writing about royal courts, Italy and law requiredContinue reading “The Edward de Vere Society (EdVS)”

The Camel Appreciation Society (TCAS)

An extract from the book 40 Strange Groups which is currently on sale. Most people dislike riding on camels due to the animal’s terrible attitude, bad breath, and yellow teeth. Some people overlook these obvious problems in favour of the smooth ride offered by these idiosyncratic animals in the hotter climates of the world. TCASContinue reading “The Camel Appreciation Society (TCAS)”

Hindu Reincarnation Memory Club (HRMC)

An extract from the book 40 Strange Groups which is currently on sale. Reincarnation – known as Punarjanma – it is one of the core beliefs of Hinduism that is generally accepted by many of its practitioners. Reincarnation is the natural process of birth, death and rebirth. Hindus believe that the Jiva or Atman (soul)Continue reading “Hindu Reincarnation Memory Club (HRMC)”

The Eight Wives of Henry VI society (EWH6)

An extract from the book 40 Strange Groups which is currently on sale. This society, known familiarly as the “The Eight Wives”, is an umbrella organisation for groups who believe a number of conspiracy theories regarding English history, including the theory Henry VI had eight wives, a record that Henry VIII tried to break withoutContinue reading “The Eight Wives of Henry VI society (EWH6)”

Broken Umbrella Menders Association (BUMA)

An extract from the book 40 Strange Groups which is currently on sale. After a rainstorm the one guaranteed sight is a profusion of broken umbrellas strewn around on the wet ground. Most of the time these items are thrown into the rubbish. However, in Leeds this is not the case. Members of the localContinue reading “Broken Umbrella Menders Association (BUMA)”

Book Review – Maigret and the Lazy Burglar by Georges Simenon

Maigret investigates a gang who are holding up jewellers and security guards collecting money from businesses. He’s not really in control of the case due to recent new procedures introduced by the public prosecutor’s office. The case that really interests him is one involving the murder of Cuendet the burglar of the title, though IContinue reading “Book Review – Maigret and the Lazy Burglar by Georges Simenon”

Book Review – Fear on the Phantom Special

A very readable story of 350 pages, the 17th in the Railway Detective series by Edward Marston The murderer(s) are not obvious at all. At various times I suspected most of the leading characters but none of them were the ones who dunnit! There is a slightly weird ending which to my mind needs someContinue reading “Book Review – Fear on the Phantom Special”

27th July – The Woods of St Francis Mystery

This is the sixth book in the Inspector Knowles series. There’s a new retriever in Goat Parva called Banjo and he’s providing good competition for Bingo, the favourite of Mrs Adelaide Hills. Banjo finds a body in nearby Manton Rempville. The initials of the victim are AB. Soon a victim with the initials CD isContinue reading “27th July – The Woods of St Francis Mystery”

Book Review – The Somme Stations

This is a book in the ‘Steam Detective’ series by Andrew Martin. Detective Sergeant Jim Stringer is The Steam Detective though in this book, he’s in the army during World War I. This is as much a book about the conditions in the First World War at the time of the various campaigns around TheContinue reading “Book Review – The Somme Stations”

23rd July – The Woods of St Francis Mystery

This is the sixth book in the Inspector Knowles series. There’s a new retriever in Goat Parva called Banjo and he’s providing good competition for Bingo, the favourite of Mrs Adelaide Hills. Banjo finds a body in nearby Manton Rempville. The initials of the victim are AB. Soon a victim with the initials CD isContinue reading “23rd July – The Woods of St Francis Mystery”