Dying in the wool

The first of the Kate Shackleton Mystery series Kate Shackleton is no little old lady amateur sleuth. She’s a  thirty-one years old trendsetter who became a widow as a result of the Great War. She has no intention of losing her freedom along with her husband and is forging a new life for herself. So when her friend Tabitha … More Dying in the wool

When Agatha took early retirement it opened up a whole new career: amateur sleuth

The Agatha Raisin Series The Agatha Raisin Series by M C Beaton has been going for years and has attracted a large loyal following. Hiss and Hers I was given the 23rd Agatha Raisin mystery  as a birthday present and I’ll admit I took a long while to actually start reading it. I had been … More When Agatha took early retirement it opened up a whole new career: amateur sleuth

The first English supernatural novel

The Castle of Otranto It’s style merges medievalism and terror. One of the most influential works of Gothic fiction, The Castle of Otranto is the first English supernatural novel. Strawberry Hill House inspired The Castle of Otranto, which was the first ever Gothic novel. It was written in Horace Walpole’s study in 1764. A copy of the book is … More The first English supernatural novel

Father Brown

Forty five minutes of engaging mystery Time to sit back and watch a cosy murder mystery in the afternoon, as Mark Williams returns to our screens as Father Brown. This series is inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton, so fans of the books may be surprised by his interpretation. If you haven’t read the books (I … More Father Brown

A Cotswold Mystery

I stumbled on “A Cotswold Mystery” by Rebecca Tope in a bookshop in Southport and thought I’d give it a go. It is fourth in the Thea Osborne Cotswolds crime series. Although I haven’t read any of the preceding novels, this is a stand alone story.     The heroine of the book is Thea … More A Cotswold Mystery