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
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
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
If you are feeling in need of a little baking lift, check out this seasonal short story – The Christmas Bake Off. Sabotage at the Cake Contest. This book offers a quick read about the residents of Skipley village and their annual Christmas bake off. Winning means a lot, so although they lack Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood … More The Great Christmas Bake Off
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
The murder mystery genre’ is alive and well and living at an on-line bookstore just a mouse click away. How is it that this over-utilized method of story-telling has remained so fresh and compelling after well over a hundred years? The answer lies in the basics of writing. Tell a compelling story An author must … More Why are murder mystery stories so loved?
As the weather turns to winter, cast your mind back to our sweltering summer……..And relive the heatwave with this murder mystery by Reginald Hill. The Roar of the Butterflies is the fifth novel in Joe Sixsmith series. With Luton in the grip of a sweltering summer, private detective Joe Sixsmith, finds himself investigating a conspiracy at the Royal … More The Roar of the Butterflies