Diary of a Buddhist Cat

First there was the Diary of a Buddhist Cat. Rufus stands still and looks at the human. I am closer to the window and observe Rufus is transfixed. I grab his tail and drag him across the table. He turns around and heads through the window, closely followed by me. I pick up the bookContinue reading “Diary of a Buddhist Cat”

The Masque of Anarchy by PB Shelley

Well better late than never for me to discover this poem about non-violent opposition to the oppressors, a message that will be taken up in increasing numbers as governments become more and more unpopular over the next year or so. This poem of 91 stanzas was written in response to the Peterloo massacre of 1819Continue reading “The Masque of Anarchy by PB Shelley”

Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse

For some reason I adore these books about Blandings Castle and yet I don’t like the Jeeves and Wooster books. I think it’s because everyone in the Blandings Castle books is so thoroughly human and has faults. Lord Emsworth only ever thinks about his pig The Empress of Blandings, his sister Connie is always tellingContinue reading “Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse”

Murder on the Mauretania by Edward Marston

This book is written by Edward Marston who writes the Railway Detective series. The style of writing is very similar, plenty of dialogue driving the plot strongly forwards like the engines of the Mauretania as it powers across the Atlantic Ocean in the November weather. I enjoyed the book immensely and will read another inContinue reading “Murder on the Mauretania by Edward Marston”

Because of the Cats by Nicolas Freeling

This Van der Walk book grew on me as the story progressed. Initially, the story didn’t grab me as the police appeared to know who the culprits were very quickly, but it was the reasons why the culprits acted in the way they did that was the fascinating part of the story. Van der ValkContinue reading “Because of the Cats by Nicolas Freeling”

The Island of Sheep by John Buchan

Written in 1936, this is a lovely story about rich males who seem able to drop their jobs / business dealings to support the son of a friend who is being threatened by unscrupulous types. Richard Hannay and Sandy Clanroyden have both featured in other stories by John Buchan. Here they’re helping a friend calledContinue reading “The Island of Sheep by John Buchan”

A Pocket Full of Rye

Rex Fortescue, Adele Fortescue, and Gladys Martin all die within a few hours. Rex was poisoned by Taxine, a poisonous constituent of yew plants, Adele was poisoned by potassium cyanide, and Gladys was strangled. Whodunit? Miss Marple arrives at Yewtree Lodge, the home of the Fortescues where Gladys was a maid, about 2/5ths of theContinue reading “A Pocket Full of Rye”

The Fox by DH Lawrence

The DH Lawrence novella about two girls, Banford and March, whose existence is terminally interrupted by the arrival of a soldier, whose grandfather lived on the farm that the girls are working five years previously before WWI began. Banford and March had taken the farm together intending to work it all by themselves. Banford isContinue reading “The Fox by DH Lawrence”

The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the ending. However, the ending is satisfying and does close the main story of this book, which leads from early 19th-Century Eastern EuropeContinue reading “The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler”

The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the ending. However, the ending is satisfying and does close the main story of this book, which leads from early 19th-Century Eastern EuropeContinue reading “The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler”