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Thoughts on the Austen Project

As regular readers of this blog may know, I am a Jane Austen fanatic.

I have read all of the six, several times. Years ago my mother gave me a collected edition but I also love my little Barnes and Noble copy of Sense and Sensibility as well. 1,080 more words


I'm not sure how Jane would feel about all of the Twilight references. CBR8 review 23.

Until a few weeks ago (mentioned in ElCicco’s great review of Eligible), I hadn’t heard of The Austen Project. The gist of the project is to take Jane Austen’s novels, choose current authors, and have them modernize the story. 568 more words

Newcastle Noir - Friends in the North

This year at NewcastleNoir2016 there was a good dose of Nordic Noir on offer and the panels with Nordic elements were really well attended.  Iceland, Finland and Norway were represented by a great mix of authors.   1,069 more words

Crime Fiction

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An increasingly long time ago now, before I had kids, I used to work in forensics, nothing anywhere as big as the scientists mentioned in Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (although I recognised a few names) but it was a job I loved, am proud to have done and a part of me still misses to this day. 186 more words


It's Just Apartment House Rules*

Flats, apartments, whatever you call them, can be an attractive alternative to home ownership, especially if you don’t have a whole lot of money. Even if you are doing well financially, living in an apartment often means you don’t have chores such as house painting, grass cutting and the like. 1,156 more words

Agatha Christie

The Forty (nine) Steps

Back in the dim and distant time that was 2012 when I was but a much younger thing I set myself my first ever Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Challenge (TOPCWFC). 366 more words

Crime Fiction