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

Agatha Christie’s Crooked House

On Sunday 16th December 2018 Channel 5 are screening a murder mystery based on the Agatha Christie’s Crooked House. The plot Charles, the son of the assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard returns to London after WW2 from Cairo and discovers his ex-lover’s grandfather has been murdered. Sophia,  the old mans grandaughter, is convinced he was murdered by … More Agatha Christie’s Crooked House