The Cornish Coast Murder, republished to great acclaim in 2014, was my introduction to the British Library Crime Classics. I’ve since read several and enjoyed them, with more in my to read list.
Reverend Dodd, vicar of St Michael’s-on-the-Cliff, enjoys his Monday evening dinner engagements with Doctor Pendrill. Boscawen is a small isolated fishing village on the Cornish coast and both the vicar and the doctor look forward to their weekly meetings. Over an after dinner coffee they open the crate of library books each takes a turn in choosing, most commonly crime stories which they’re both addicted to, and are discussed in detail. Reverend Dodds has become quite good at solving mysteries by recalling previous twists, traps and detection methods, whereas they are proving a little more difficult for the doctor.
Author: Lisa Gardner
Published: January 2022 by Penguin
Category: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction
If he never left the woods, where did he go?
A young man disappears during a stag weekend in the woods. Years later, he’s still missing.
But his friends who were with him that day are still searching for him. Still hunting for answers.
They hike deep into the wilderness.
With them is missing person specialist Frankie Elkin.
What they don’t know is that they are putting their own lives in terrifying danger, and may not come back alive . . .
In this second outing for Frankie Elkin, she reads about Timothy O’ Day in a small local newspaper. Timothy went missing in the Wyoming wilderness several years ago while camping with four friends prior to his marriage. The National Guard and volunteers searched initially but after finding no trace they gradually gave up.
Throwback Thursday this week features an audiobook I enjoyed very much. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis was released on Audible in 2018 and published by HarperCollins
Set in Larson, a small town in the middle of America’s corn belt, full of seemingly good people and where everything seems perfect on the surface. But secrets and lies abound and the underlying darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of John (Johnny) Royal, a thirteen year old living with his mother and younger sister, Jenny, on a small farm a mile outside of town.
I’m pleased to spotlight something different today — The Anxiety Relief Coloring Book for Adults. I used to love colouring when I was a child…I’m going to take it up again after seeing the lovely designs in this book. I can image how calming it would be.
There’s a wide variety of themes, some intricate, some less so, and some with positive quotes, which I’m sure would provide hours of pleasure. Shelves of books, flowers and abstact images feature. There’s something for everyone.
Kara says “As you may be aware, a large percentage of the national population is dealing with anxiety. As someone who has suffered from this mental illness personally, I’ve come to realize that relief can be found from mechanisms outside of medication and behavioral therapies.
Are you scared about our on-line and real-life security in this digital era? I am.
Every day, I witness the power and influence of electronics in our children’s lives and fear for their future. What has happened to person-to-person communication? Where has truth gone? You can be liked and unliked with a click. The internet is freedom but anarchy reigns. Who can our children trust?
Author: Rebecca Connolly
Published: April 2022 by Shadow Mountain
Category: Historical Fiction based on fact
Shortly after midnight on April 15, 1912, the captain of the Carpathia, Arthur Rostron, wakes to a distress signal from the Titanic, which has struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Though information is scarce, Rostron leaps into action, determined to answer the call for help. But the Carpathia is more than four hours away, and there are more questions than answers: Will his ship hold together if pushed to never-before-tested speeds? What if he also strikes an iceberg? And with the freezing temperatures, will there be any survivors by the time the Carpathia arrives?