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Monday, January 26, 2015
Death of the Mad hatter - Sarah J Peepper
Creepy - Jennifer Hillier
Sing it to her Bones - Marcia Talley
Undead by Morning - Joyce 7 Jim Lavene
The Man Who Watched the World End - Chris Dietzel
The Sherlock Files - Guy Adams
Animal Kingdom - Iain Robb Wright
Creatures of the Night (ed) Absolute Xpress
Treasure Me - Chrstina Nofti
Ebola: The Natural and Human History-David Quammen
Most of these I have posted reviews on
Saturday, January 24, 2015
An Anthology of dark tales by a new-to-me author who is very skilled at his craft. Some of my favorites include: 'The Key', 'The Lady in the Garden' and a very fun Sherlock Holmes story (This author is VERY good at Holmes Stories I have discovered) - 'Sherlock Holmes and the Ghost of Christmas Past'.
Then I have to discuss his story 'The Books' which, though NOT a vampire tale, reminded me very much of Jonathan Harker's journey and first night in Dracula's castle. Similar elements such as the storyteller being dropped off reluctantly at the end of the path to the Lodge and his arrival to a note, wine, fire and so on, brought back that foreboding feeling I felt when reading Dracula for the first time. Is it homage? Or too similar? I found I didn't care, it still took me where I needed to go in my mind.
And finally, my favorite story in the book: 'The Oldest Ghost Story-Writer in the Land'. A very hold horror writer is invited to appear as a guest on a television adaptation of one of his stories on Halloween. My two favorite descriptions follow:
"This was real and all the more terrifying because he didn't know why he was frightened. For a moment, his body turned to ice and his heart began to race. He blinked furiously, gasping or breath."
"I am a Relic. that's how I have been treated today. Some old curiosity from a bygone age who's been wheeled out for his novelty value. The oldest living ghost-writer in the land."
Well written words that manage to convey atmosphere and feelings without slapping you in the face with it. Horror at its best.
I will definitely be reading more by this author!
Friday, January 23, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
The problem with writing a cozy is for the author to make the reason for investigating the crime believable. After all, why not let the police do their job?
I liked most of the characters well enough in this book BUT that said, the enthusiasm with which they embrace Beth's involvement in the investigation really irritated me at times. one friend of hers actually pumped fist in the air and exclaimed YES or something like that. I found it off-putting.
Yet I can get past it if the story keeps me going. And for the most part, it did. But then, I felt the resolution didn't work either. Where did the killer come from out of the story? Were their clues? Maybe it was just me, but I missed it.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Mr. Chase was clearly delusional and drank the blood of some of his victims (hence the moniker of 'Vampire').
The most interesting question I found while reading the book, is how clearly the definition of mental illness versus LEGAL insanity played out in his case. It was well researched and presented and a very interesting read.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wharncliffe (August 24, 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0091WB4ZI
|The interesting thing about these murders is very few people even know about them. The Ripper crimes totally obscured any coverage or interest. Yet they really are just as gruesome if not more so, since only parts of dismembered bodies were found and most have not been identified. |
MJ Trow has written some very excellent books on the subject of the Ripper and I was curious to see how he presented this. I was put off a bit by the VERY detailed history of the Thames and its London districts. Too mu The interesting thing about these murders is very few people even know about them. The Ripper crimes totally obscured any coverage or interest. Yet they really are just as gruesome if not more so, since only parts of dismembered bodies were found and most have not been identified.
MJ Trow has written some very excellent books on the subject of the Ripper and I was curious to see how he presented this. I was put off a bit by the VERY detailed history of the Thames and its London districts. Too much - information overload. And yet, probably very useful in a deeper understanding of some facets of the case. (Not to mention all the references remind me of current Sherlock locations....)
The sad thing is that most of the historical documents and information has been lost (more so than even the Ripper case) so even with the obviously painstaking research done here, it will not be possible to really know much more about this series of murders.
But it is interesting and it also tells us about another serial murder loose in London during Victorian times, overlapping with the Ripper's crimes.