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Sherlock Holmes and the Frightened Golfer

26 Nov

“Sherlock Holmes and the Frightened Golfer” is a pastiche written by J. M. Gregson. The publisher of this book, Endeavour Press, drew my attention to the the Kindle edition when it was being given away on Amazon.  So I suppose you could say I received a copy from the publisher. ”

Sherlock Holmes and the Frightened Golfer” is a short novel, slightly longer than a novella.  However, in this case, short and sweet does the trick. The plot revolves around the secretary of the Blackheath golf course who has been getting threatening messages, which he ignores, until the sender of the messages turns to violence.

Nice little plot and a relatively fast paced read. Holmes and Watson are perfectly in character.  I could easily have believed I was reading a long lost Arthur Conan Doyle story, and you don’t get higher praise than that from me.

There are plenty of clues that will allow you to work out whodunnit.  I am pleased to say I was able to put all the pieces together and solve the case before the denouement at the end of the story. The Kindle edition as has a couple of sample chapters of a Holmes/Watson story from another author at the end, which I will be hunting down in due course.

I recommend “Sherlock Holmes and the Frightened Golfer” to any Sherlock Holmes fans, those who like Victorian crime, and golf enthusiasts.

A Killing In Kensington

22 Aug

I have said it before, but the eBook revolution has been a boon to the voracious reader like myself.

I picked up the novella “A Killing in Kensington” by Mary Lydon Simonsen some months ago as a freebie on amazon.com.  I didn’t get around to reading it until this week.  I do wish I’d read it earlier, as it is great.

“A Killing in Kensington” is a British police procedural, with the main character being DS Patrick Shea, and his new partner, DCI Tommy Boyle.

Well plotted, well written, fast paced and slick, there is much to love about this novella.  I damn near devoured it.

It was the ending, however, that really raised “A Killing in Kensington” above all competitors.  It quite literally left me open-mouthed with shock.  I DID NOT see the ending coming.  The book that can do that to me is rare indeed.

I would recommend “A Killing in Kensington” to anyone who enjoys well written police procedurals, or British crime stories.

I am eager to get my hands on Mary Lydon Simonsen’s other DS Patrick Shea books.  I am sure they will be as good as this one.

The Life of Captain Reilly

20 Jun

One of the joys of the eBook revolution is the sheer volume of new books now available.

Recently I came across a short Kindle book titled “The Life of Captain Reilly” by J. T. O’Neil which purports to be a novel about an English airline captain.

This is probably one of the funniest books I have ever read.  The book follows one day in the life of Captain Reilly as he and his First Officer, Dan, fly an Airbus from Gatwick to Malaga and back.

Interspersed with flight details are wonderful details and explanations of aerodynamics, air craft procedures, and a little aviation history.  These explanations had me nearly hysterical with laughter in many places.  I totally lost it when O’Neil referred to an Airbus as a ’70 tonne Reliant Robin’.  Pity I was on the tram at the time.  Oh well, at least I got lots of space when everyone moved away from me.

J. T. O’Neil has a wonderfully worldly weary style, acidic sense of humour, and a fine line in sarcasm.

O’Neil also has some serious point to make on the devaluation of pilot’s skills and abilities by airlines.  The way both pilots and cabin crew are treated is disgusting. Enough so that I will NEVER fly on a low cost airline.  Money before people is not an ethos I subscribe too.

Cabin Pressure fans will know what I mean when I say this is the sort of book Douglas Richardson would write if the character was so inclined.

What we really need is an audio book version of “The Life of Captain Reilly” read by Roger Allam.  That would be perfect.

I would heartily recommend “The Life of Captain Reilly” to all Cabin Pressure fans (cheese trays get a mention), all aviation geeks, and to anyone with a sense of humour.

I look forward to reading O’Neil’s other books “The Life of Captain Reilly 2 – Descent” and “From Russia with Stuff”.

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