Crime rec

16 Oct 2014 08:33 am
bluespirit: (Snoopy - book hound)
I've found another series of Golden Age detective novels - the Dandy Gilver stories by Catriona McPherson.
Set in the 1920s, Dandy (short for Dandelion!) is an aristocratic sleuth who lives in Scotland (& she has a dalmation called Bunty!)
There's a good cast of regular characters & lots of lovely period detail & geographical depth. (The author was born & raised in Scotland.)
I've read the first three books in the series so far, After the Armistice Ball, The Burry Man's Day & Bury Her Deep & can thoroughly rec them! 
bluespirit: (Sherlock - smiles)
Mr B & I popped down to London last weekend to watch the World Triathlon Series in Hyde Park. While we were there, we checked out a couple of locations from the BBC Sherlock. *g*

pics this way )


We had such a smashing day.

Oh, and I saw this while we were there & thought of you,  [livejournal.com profile] tangotabby! *g*

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In other news, I have another book rec - well, a series of books: The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries by Carola Dunn.  They're more Golden Age murder mysteries & I love The Honourable Daisy & her Scotland Yard friend, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. (I think there's romance afoot there, but I'm only on book three so we'll have to wait & see - no spoilers please! *g*)  There was even a lovely bit of gay romance in one book - bonus or what?! ;)
Anyway, I'm completely hooked - it's all your fault [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay! *g*

I haven't been onto LJ for a week or so - I hope that everyone is happy & well!
Also, apologies for any missed birthdays - if you have celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful day!
*hugs*
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean reads)
I just noticed that Dreamspinner is having a sale - 30% off!
It's only on certain authors, but luckily the fabulous Sarah Madison (our very own [livejournal.com profile] sgamadison) is included.
So, if you haven't read Crying for the Moon or Unspeakable Words or any of her other awesome novels, then pop over now & snap up some real bargains. (Hurry though - the sale ends today: 17th May.)
And once you've read, please do leave a review - not just at Dreamspinner, you can copy & paste your thoughts at Amazon & Goodreads, etc too!

Happy Saturday, folks!
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I'm currently going through some binge reading!
*winks at [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay*
I've mainlined all of the Jack Haldean novels by Dolores Gordon-Smith (save the latest which, inexplicably, isn't available on Kindle yet) & am now two books into the Angela Marchmont mysteries by Clara Benson.  I'm having such a gay time (in the sense of fun as opposed to boy-kissing, unusually for me, as said novels are all set in the 1920s! *g*)
I've also recently read the latest Lord Peter Wimsey mystery - The Late Scholar -  & I'd meant to recommend it straight away but somehow time had got away from me.  Jill Paton-Walsh has taken up the reins from Dorothy L Sayers & is doing a very credible job.  I wasn't quite so keen on the last book (The Attenbury Emeralds) but mainly because of the narrative style that she chose to use, but I loved The Late Scholar.  I think especially because she's chosen to set it in Oxford & as Gaudy Night is probably my favourite LPW story, then she had me at Magdalen! *g*

In other news, Mr B & I are running the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday in aid of the Lab rescue who brought us our gorgeous Bud & Cancer Research (in memory of my much loved & missed dad.) Typically, my right ITB has decided over the last couple of weeks to become sore.  I've rested it & am doing physio to strengthen my core muscles to help it.  Hopefully, it should be okay on Sunday.  It does now mean that instead of aiming for the time that I'd been hoping to run, I'm just going to have a leisurely run & enjoy all the sights in & around Chester.

Happy Tuesday, all! (Yay - Tuesday means new Supernatural to watch tomorrow!)

Book rec

30 Apr 2014 11:44 am
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I've found a series of books - the Jack Haldean Mysteries - that has completely ensnared me.
They're by Dolores Gordon-Smith & chronicle the adventures of Major Jack Haldean: a former WW1 flying ace turned detective novelist & solver of real life murders. They're set in the 20s & are very much in the style of Dorothy L Sayers, etc. Major Jack isn't Lord Peter, of course (but, who is?) but he's a damned good sort, don'cha know & comes complete with tortured wartime back story & fast car. *g*

The first book (A Fete Worse Than Death) is good but the subsequent stories are even better & contain some really clever plots.

So, if you fancy a ripping yarn then do give 'em a shot.

Books

13 Dec 2012 10:36 am
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean reads)
I treated myself to 'The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester' coffee table book & oh my goodness - it's fabulous!
It's a lovely large size hardback & is filled with gorgeous glossy pics (as well as fun little add-in stuff like postcards & stickers - & even an air freshner for the Impala! *g*)
I'm still working my way through it, but I can really rec it.  It's just a lovely thing to have - a real kind of 'event' book, if you know what I mean.

If you do fancy getting it & are in the UK, then I got mine from WH Smith online - it was only £19.19 (with free delivery) as opposed to £25 at Amazon.  The rrp is £29.99 so that's a pretty epic saving.



 

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Speaking of lovely books to indulge in... [personal profile] xanthe  has just released 'Ricochet' in paperback form!  So, if (like me) you love to hold a real book in your hands - then why not treat yourself.  Or a friend?  It's nearly that time of year... :)


We're off to see The Hobbit this evening.
Can. Not. Wait!!!!
*dances*

bluespirit: (SGA team!)
All my life I'd been an avid reader of mainstream fiction - & then I found slash. From that moment I found it incredibly difficult to enjoy a book as I just can't seem to help finding the slashy subtext & then being disappointed when the author doesn't go there. *g* So since about 1998 I've pretty much just been reading slash & non-fiction mainstream books (I adore travel writing especially).
As we're off to NYC next week (*squee*) I really fancied taking a book to read on the journey - not just my PDA laden with porn. So I suddenly thought about trying the 'Women's Murder Club' novels as the main characters are all female (& I don't tend to read femme slash so hopefully won't be disappointed when the main characters don't start making out *g*) plus I love the tv show based on them & Lyndsay Boxer totally rocks! (That show could only be made better if Tricia Helfer was in it but then that's probably just me & my big girly crush. *g*)
Anyhoo - to cut a long story short - I got '1st to Die' (the first book in the series) & read it in 24 hours. I literally couldn't put it down. James Patterson really isn't a very good writer but damn he can tell a story! So, yes, it's not great literature but I'm loving it & am impatiently waiting for Amazon to send me the next two in the series (& I have plans to get the rest - possibly while we're in New York as I'll no doubt have read books two & three & need more for the plane home.)

~*~


Our race numbers & chip timers arrived today for our marathon. Yay! Not long to go now.
I went for a run this morning but it was so cold (they've forecast snow for the weekend & I can totally believe it) plus the wind was so strong it was like running into a wall. (Because yes, of course the wind was against me. *sigh*)
On the subject of running & exercise in general I've been meaning to rec a new sports bra that I recently got. Obviously a high impact sport like running requires maximum support & I've tried various bras over the years (I usually favour 'Shock Absorber') but this one wins hands down. (Not boobs down 'cus it keeps 'em up! *g*)
It's a Triumph Tri-Action Extreme N. It looks good & offers excellent support (I'm a 36B for reference.) The link goes to Booby Doo who are brilliant - they only sell sports bras & their service is phenomenal (I usually get my order the next day & there's no hassle if you need to exchange.)

~*~


Okay, & on a final note. I made this pic into a header & now everytime it appears I have to just sit & stare.
*meep*
It's the look in his eyes (as he gazes at Rodney)... ♥

*sigh* )
bluespirit: (SGA team!)
All my life I'd been an avid reader of mainstream fiction - & then I found slash. From that moment I found it incredibly difficult to enjoy a book as I just can't seem to help finding the slashy subtext & then being disappointed when the author doesn't go there. *g* So since about 1998 I've pretty much just been reading slash & non-fiction mainstream books (I adore travel writing especially).
As we're off to NYC next week (*squee*) I really fancied taking a book to read on the journey - not just my PDA laden with porn. So I suddenly thought about trying the 'Women's Murder Club' novels as the main characters are all female (& I don't tend to read femme slash so hopefully won't be disappointed when the main characters don't start making out *g*) plus I love the tv show based on them & Lyndsay Boxer totally rocks! (That show could only be made better if Tricia Helfer was in it but then that's probably just me & my big girly crush. *g*)
Anyhoo - to cut a long story short - I got '1st to Die' (the first book in the series) & read it in 24 hours. I literally couldn't put it down. James Patterson really isn't a very good writer but damn he can tell a story! So, yes, it's not great literature but I'm loving it & am impatiently waiting for Amazon to send me the next two in the series (& I have plans to get the rest - possibly while we're in New York as I'll no doubt have read books two & three & need more for the plane home.)

~*~


Our race numbers & chip timers arrived today for our marathon. Yay! Not long to go now.
I went for a run this morning but it was so cold (they've forecast snow for the weekend & I can totally believe it) plus the wind was so strong it was like running into a wall. (Because yes, of course the wind was against me. *sigh*)
On the subject of running & exercise in general I've been meaning to rec a new sports bra that I recently got. Obviously a high impact sport like running requires maximum support & I've tried various bras over the years (I usually favour 'Shock Absorber') but this one wins hands down. (Not boobs down 'cus it keeps 'em up! *g*)
It's a Triumph Tri-Action Extreme N. It looks good & offers excellent support (I'm a 36B for reference.) The link goes to Booby Doo who are brilliant - they only sell sports bras & their service is phenomenal (I usually get my order the next day & there's no hassle if you need to exchange.)

~*~


Okay, & on a final note. I made this pic into a header & now everytime it appears I have to just sit & stare.
*meep*
It's the look in his eyes (as he gazes at Rodney)... ♥

*sigh* )

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