[book review] Shirley McKay: Fate & Fortune

Fate and Fortune

Shirley McKay, Fate & Fortune (Edinburgh:  Birlinn Ltd, 2010)

This second Hew Cullan mystery begins two years after the events of the first.  It is 1581: Hew has returned to St Andrews on the death of his father, a man rendered a stranger to him through time and distance. 

 

 

 

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Half Term Book Haul (May 2019)

carrying too many books
Too many books?
I think you mean ‘not enough shelves‘ …

It’s become a habit, when visiting a second-hand and/or independent bookshop, never to leave empty-handed.

I think that’s all the more worth thinking about this week, when the Guardian reports that two ‘iconic’ British bookshops are closing.  Like our libraries, it’s so obviously ‘use them or lose them‘ …

So, my travels taking me a little further afield than normal, I wanted to give a bit of free publicity to the excellent two bookshops I came across:

Broadleaf Books, in Abergavenny; and

Second Chapter Books, in Shrewsbury (who have a highly respectable – and rare – Science Fiction section)

 

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[book review] Shirley McKay: Hue & Cry

cover Hue and CryAlthough this novel (published 2011) begins the Hew Cullan mysteries, I arrived having read the latest, ‘1588:  A Calendar of Crime‘ (2016) – whose review you can read here – first.

In many ways, therefore, this felt like a prequel, assembling the cast and creating several relationships I’d already become familiar with.

Think a far superior version of Star Wars episodes I-III …

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[book review] Patricia Finney: Firedrake’s Eye

firedrake's eyeI came to this novel via Finney’s nom-de-plume, PF Chisholm, and her entertaining Sir John Carey novel, A Famine of Horses.

Appropriately enough, Firedrake’s Eye is an entirely different beast …

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Book Review: Shirley Mckay’s 1588 – A Calendar of Crime

1588

As we hit mid-March, and I hit 25 books (about half of which have, unusually, been historical fiction set in the Tudor period), this is my favourite read of 2019 so far.

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Book Review: Lamentation, CJ Sansom

cover lamentation

If last year was one in which I read hardly any fiction, then 2019 is one in which I’ve gone the opposite way, making a point to explore some of the popular Tudor historical fiction byways …

At some stage I might even produce a comparative guide, but for the moment here’s a review of ‘Lamentation‘, sixth instalment of CJ Sansom‘s ‘Shardlake’ series.

 

 

 

 

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