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INSIDIOUS INTENT . . . Between the covers

Crime Fiction’s Most Distinctive Odd Couple? There would be several nominations in this category, were it to be at an awards dinner of some kind. You can make your own suggestions, using whatever criteria you wish; eccentricity, diversity of character and background, problem-solving methods – the choice is yours. 665 more words


And All My Experiences Ride With Me*

As this is posted, it would have been Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 151st birthday. Millions of people (myself included) grew up reading her stories of life on the American prairie (remember those great Garth Williams illustrations?). 909 more words

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Ground 30: Raith Rovers

Eight years ago to the day on February 6 2010 I was at Stark’s Park cheering on Aberdeen against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup when Gary McDonald scored in stoppage time to set up a replay at Pittodrie. 1,440 more words


I became a firm fan of Robert Goddard (left) after reading and reviewing his excellent Maxted trilogy, set in the turbulent days after The Great War. 512 more words



Violent acts are all around us one way or another every single day. If you’ve indulged in a bit of road rage on your way to work or barged past someone who was walking too slowly, holding everyone up, that’s violence. 912 more words

Book Review: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

It’s getting a bit late to post these festive reviews so I’ll keep it short. It’s only a short book, anyway.

This book contains four short stories, all crime/detective tales, starting with  98 more words


Review: Forensics by Val McDermid

“We see some of the worst things that mankind can do to each other and I still get shocked by some of the things that occur.

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