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

Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators

More afternoon mystery on the BBC Produced by the same production team as made Father Brown, Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators is a comedy-drama mystery television series set in Stratford-upon-Avon. In the first series viewers were introduced to Ex-Detective Inspector Frank Hathaway. Since leaving the force he has become a debt-laden private investigator. His office assistant is Sebastian Brudenell, … More Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators

Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise returns to UK screens this month This will be the eighth series of the British-French crime drama television series. Series 1–3 starred Ben Miller as the lead detective, DI Richard Poole. He was replaced by Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman for series 3–6.  The current star, Ardal O’Hanlon, took over the lead role at series 6. He … More Death in Paradise

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