The Body in the Dales by J.R. Ellis

Lightweight detective fans should not be put off by my review.

I bought this book because it was the first in a series of detective novels but I’m sorry to say I could not care for any of the characters in this book throughout the story. If you like a basic ‘who dunnit’ you will probably enjoy this story set in, and describing well, the Yorkshire Dales. Sadly for me, I am aggravated by the addition of dialect in writing. If you are too, I can assure you it is kept to a minimum. This is a good basic story with many suspects but I’m afraid I’d lost interest in identifying the killer and skimmed to the end.

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1* Disappointing

St. Luke the Evangelist by Kevin McCarthy

Some way into this Kindle edition, I had to check the title again. No, it is not entitled Antioch, the Crusades or ancient relics. All of which feature largely in it, while St. Luke hardly enjoys a few sentences here and there. However, in fairness, McCarthy does begin by informing the reader that very little is known about St. Luke.
Worst of all though, the book has not been correctly formatted for Kindle. Vital sections are missing. Where there were parts of interest they are disjointed and gaps of unknown proportions are missing.


Had to abandon this one halfway through.

Invasion by Tommy B Truant and Sean Platt

I didn’t get on with this book at all. Wonder if that’s because it is American with Hollywood rich main characters and I’m British: maybe I missed some humour? The story was very slow in any case.


Dial M for Murdoch by Tom Watson, Martin Hickman

Still relevant on many levels. Highly recommended.

Though this book speaks of shocking practices taking place some years back, it remains relevant on many levels. It is smoothly written for ease of reading, with all facts verified. There is intense detail, much of which I’d forgotten, along with further information I’d been unaware of. It is valuable for its evidence of corruption involved in major sections of the press and also close connections to leading politicians as well as the police.
I’m looking for a follow-up. A few low-level operatives were hung out to dry but I feel the main culprits got away scot free. And such appalling dealings must surely have a legacy in today’s Britain.

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The Weight of Shadows by Karl Holton

A complex crime thriller I will read again.

This novel has extremely complex plotting. For me it was not a book to relax with, until I stopped trying hard to tie together all the different strands. Also, I confess to not doing it justice due to reading five other books (not all novels) at the same time. By the end I had not been able to consolidate the salaciously violent opening scene, Hatton Garden Robbery, London police and Eastern European gangsters. However, I feel to have missed important references and that all is clearly dealt with in Karl Holton’s excellent style of narrative. It has a strange ending which either I ‘didn’t get’, or all will be explained in the follow-up. I look forward to making time to read this book again; to give it the attention it deserves.

The Vinctalin Legacy

The Vinctalin Legacy: Survival, Book 1 Harvest by Vanda Denton

Any other authors out there re-reading their earlier work?

I wrote my first book after I’d watched Star Trek and Stargate so many times I could quote the scripts. At that time I could find nothing comparable to take their place. So I began writing my own very different tale. Unlike my favourite TV shows The Vinctalin Legacy Book 1 is an alien invasion story. I had no plans then, that it would be the first in a fifteen-part series. I’d love to hear from anyone else, any genre, who unintentionally began writing a long series of books.

Survival: Harvest
They awake to the grisly sight of alien invaders silently, methodically collecting the bodies of their victims.
When forced into a life of slavery three desperate heroes stand out as leaders.
With courage, determination and ingenuity they launch a daring counter-attack and against all the odds, emerge victorious, only to discover their masters also were in bondage.

An overview of the fifteen-part series is written in logs by the characters, on this website. There are no spoilers.


4* Useful for many.

They Can’t Find Anything Wrong by David Clarke

Dr. Clarke clearly explains psychosomatic illness and calls, rightly in my opinion, for a more comprehensive approach to modern medicine than we currently enjoy. Most of the book is filled with case studies, which may be comforting to many people suffering from stress, including past extreme experiences. However, it is not, neither does it claim to be, of help for a number of other types of ‘emotion-based’ illnesses.


From A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love By Martin Luther King Jr.

The hardhearted individual never sees people as people, but rather as mere objects or as impersonal cogs in an ever-turning wheel. In the vast wheel of industry, he sees men as hands … He depersonalizes life.


A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. 5 stars

Wonderful, Informative, Inspiring.

Out of the sixty-five reviews I’ve written so far, I have given five stars to only five books. I save them for the most exceptional. I wish I could give this more than five stars. It is by far the most inspiring, moving book I have ever read. Second only to the New Testament. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby 5stars

A book to make you think.

In this excellent book Archbishop Justin Welby warns of the power given to financial gain in the lives of many individuals, at the cost of a quality of life to be found in the love of God. Far from being anti-capitalist, he merely points to the dangers of favouring the material world, whilst challenging the reader to answer questions concerning their personal life.