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COMPETITION ... Win a copy of Earthly Remains by Donna Leon

Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti  has become a firm favourite with crime fiction readers the world over, and now you have the chance to win a hardback copy of his latest adventure, worth £18.99, just days after its UK release. 222 more words


It's Only an Illusion*

In Agatha Christie’s short story, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, a series of mysterious deaths is associated with the excavation of an important ancient tomb. 1,120 more words

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So Welcome to Our Family Tree*

Most of us have what you might call ordinary families. No particularly long history, great wealth, or titles. But some families have pedigrees. On the surface, it may seem as though a pedigree is a good thing to have, especially if it comes with money. 1,071 more words

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Teatro La Fenice carries that name for a reason.  It means Phoenix and it signifies its rebirth after fire; a disaster that it has now suffered three times. 323 more words


ON MY SHELF 2017 ... Leon, Fowler & Lovesey

The good books come thick and fast at this time of year, and this week we have three very well known and justifiably popular authors. Each of the three has a long running series, each with its own passionate readership. 686 more words


The Phantom of the Opera is There*

Do you enjoy the opera? Operas run the gamut from light and comic to very dark and tragic. And there are all sorts of forms of opera. 1,035 more words

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(Book Review) The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon

By Ian G. Wilson

The titles of Donna Leon’s books are always evocative, but her latest mystery, The Waters of Eternal Youth, has a particularly fascinating one. 1,391 more words

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