Inside Enemy by Alan Judd

A spy story that’s not too convoluted or over-clever. It’s just an enjoyable read with an interesting protagonist. When I knew libraries were closing because of the coronavirus lockdown, I made a point of borrowing the most books I could possibly find. One of them was...

What we read in May

Here are nine books by eight authors which we discussed at our recent Zoom meeting. There are two cracking 5-Star reads and all but one of the rest score well as 4 or 4+ Stars.    During May we’ve read a mixture of e-books and books and there were two which...

A Deadly Trade by E.V. Seymour

A spy thriller by British author E.V. Seymour which earns 4-Stars. Let’s be hypothetical… Imagine:You are a well trained and experienced assassin for hire.Your target is a female British research microbiologist who may or may not have created a deadly biological...

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Part crime, part supernatural. This is a 5-Star mystery from Ruth Ware. For me The Turn of the Key is Ruth Ware’s best book yet. It has a crime setting because, at the very beginning we learn that Rowan, a children’s nanny, is in a Scottish prison awaiting trial for a...

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

This is considered the book that launched Eric Newby’s career as a travel writer. A mixture of hilarious anecdote, sharp observation and wonderful storytelling, it’s still as interesting and entertaining as it was when it was first published in 1958. It’s 1956, and...