The Strange Case of Harriet Hall by Moray Dalton

Reviewed by Elaine Simpson-Long More and more unknown or unfamiliar writers of the Golden Age of detective fiction are being unearthed and reprinted and this pleases me mightily.  Having read and re-read all of Agatha Christie, D L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh to mention just a few, finding new authors coming to light is like…

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Reviewed by Elaine Simpson-Long This book kept popping up I my Twitter feed with recommendations and exhortations to ‘Read this Fantastic Book’. I am rather contrary so I ignored them all until I decided well everyone cannot be wrong, so I gave in and opened my copy. I opened it up. ‘OH NO,’ I scream…

The Real Enid Blyton by Nadia Cohen

Reviewed by Elaine Simpson-Long When I was a little girl I used to receive the latest Famous Five book by Enid Blyton every Christmas. I am pretty sure my mum bought these as it guaranteed that I would be nice and quiet for a few hours in the afternoon as I sat and read it…

Austen-ish – A Reading List of Austen-inspired fiction

Compiled by Annabel and Elaine More than any other author, including Dickens and the Brontës, Jane Austen has inspired other writers to use her characters and settings to write sequels, retellings and homages of her six novels and the handful of her other writings. We have surveyed this huge field to select our favourites plus…

The Watsons – Two Endings

Reviewed by Elaine Simpson-Long I have recently read two finished versions of  Austen’s The Watsons, a novel fragment which, they say, she abandoned after her father’s death in 1805. I have found it very amusing to see how they differ and how the authors of both completions have diverged so widely in so many ways. The story…