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Canary Child by David Field and Alan Dance Canary Child, book review

At this time of Remembrance now is a good time to review Canary Child especially as we approach the 100th anniversary of the tragic explosion at the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell 1  July 1918. Canary Child is a difficult book to categorise, it initially appears to be a ghost tale which ties a modern mystery story to the historical events that provide purpose to the tale. It is the interspersed with a touch of romance which means there is something for any reader, no one should feel put off by those genres that they would not normally read.

The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest

Even after I had read them I started out with a plan to review these books individually. However, the more I thought about it the more aware I became that although published as two separate stories in the Millennium series they are in reality two volumes of a single, more lengthy story. So I am reviewing them on that basis and I would strongly discourage any reader to read them out of order as there so much inter-dependency in the two volumes.

Bendigo, Right Fist of God - Alan Dance and David Field Bendigo, The Right Fist of God, book review

William Thompson, better known as Bendigo, is one of Nottingham's underappreciated sons. Alan Dance and David Field have sought to correct that with their historical novel: Bendigo, The Right Fist of God. They have used fiction  and their undoubted story telling skills to build on a sound but limited historical base to produce an engaging novel

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—book review

The effusive press coverage put me off when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was first published and it has taken me ten years to get round to  reading it. As a result I missed out on a cracking read, now rectified during my recent travels. This is a book for lovers of the psychological as well as those that love mysteries or fast paced action thrillers. I soon caught up with the rest of the series, reviews of which will follow.

In Ludd's Name, cover ©Arundel Books In Ludd's Name by David Field, book review

Although In Ludd's Name is set in the first decades of the nineteenth century it will strike a chord with many people today. Changing fashions and technology were having a disproportionate impact on the livelihoods of working people.

In memory of Private Brittle (2016) - PK060004 After Remembrance, it is not time to forget

Although the Poppy Appeal and the formal time for Remembrance has passed that does not mean that we should now simply forget the sacrifices and sadness of past, and even current, conflicts. A small annual offering each year brings that home.

Harley Davidson, A Way of Life - book cover Harley Davidson, A Way of Life

For over a century Harley Davidson has had a long and illustrious history and more than once has come close to failure. Fortunately its recent history has been more successful. In Harley Davidson, A Way of Life, Albert Saladini and Pascal Szymezak chronicle that history in detail and it is lavishly illustrated large format paperback.

Moonwalking with Einstein, book cover Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer challenged himself to develop his memory skills to a level where he could realistically compete in the USA Memory Championship. In Moonwalking with Einstein he explores the science and nature of memory as he chronicles his preparation for top level memory competition.

Extraordinary Weather Extraordinary Weather Reviewed

Richard Hamblyn is one-man populariser of weather and meteorology. He has produced a new book Extraordinary Weather which focuses on more extreme weather conditions. It adopts a similar format to his earlier books on clouds by using striking photographs with short explanations of the phenomenon.

Dead or Alive, Tom Clancy Dead or Alive: A Bestselling Thriller from Tom Clancy

A master thriller writer continues the story./ Tom Clancy brings all his main characters together in the same book; Dead or Alive maintains Clancy's reputation as a master of the thriller writer's art. In his new novel,

Boom! - book cover Boom! Disciplines to Control, Grow & Add Impact to Your Business

Boom! adopts the high-energy style of the author, Emma Wimhurst. It presents solid advice to business owners in a lively way. It may well leave them breathless but inspired.

Motorcycle Museums of the United Kingdom Motorcycle Museums of the United Kingdom

Cheryl Probst has produced a useful directory of motorcycle collections in Britain and it is available as both e-book (PDF) and print on demand editions.

The Anatomy of Ghosts, cover The Anatomy of Ghosts, Murder Mystery in 18th Century Cambridge

The Anatomy of Ghosts is both a ghost story and a murder mystery set in the cloistered world of a Cambridge college in the late 1700s.

The Soul Collectors, cover The Soul Collectors, Thriller with a Macabre and Grotesque Enemy

A chilling thriller, CSI Darby McCormick faces a strange enemy. Young children go missing only to return years later in bizarre and macabre circumstances.

The Secret Crown, cover The Secret Crown, Murder, Conspiracy and Treasure Thriller

The murder of King Ludwig II and cover-up is the basis for Chris Kuzneski’s fast paced thriller. Will the good guys find the treasure and the historical truth first?

Ancient Worlds, cover Ancient Worlds, the Search for Origins of Western Civilization

Richard Miles' book, and the BBC televisions series it supports, explores the history of western civilization from the establsihment of the first cities in what is now Iraq.

Pop Goes the Weasel, cover Pop Goes the Weasel, Wonderful Stories & Origin of Nursery Rhymes

In Pop Goes the Weasel,  Albert Jack has produced a fascinating exploration of the story behind much-loved nursery rhymes. Many of the seemingly innocent songs and rhymes that we remember from our childhood often have a darker history. Albert Jack explores the origins of those popular and much loved nursery rhymes and other popular song.

 What Caesar Did for My Salad, cover What Caesar Did for My Salad, Stories Behind Our Favourite Food

Albert Jack's book What Caesar Did for My Salad is a fascinating explanation of the curious stories behind our favourite food. This is a book for food and language lovers.

Dark Water, cover Dark Water, Complex Police and Detective Serial Murder Mystery

Caro Ramsay's latest novel, Dark Water, is out in paperback. Set around Glasgow in Scotland it should satisfy lovers of challenging detective mysteries.

I Never Knew There was a Word for it, cover I Never Knew There was a Word for it, Wonderful Words and Phrases

This fun book is a republication of Adam Jacot de Boinod's three books on unusual words, The Meaning of Tingo, Toujours Tingo and The Wonder of Whiffling.

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