Monthly Archives: June, 2014

Serpico by Peter Maas

Peter Maas was an American journalist and author born of Dutch and Irish ancestry in New York City, New York State USA on 27 June 1929.  He died on 23 August 2001.  Maas was educated at the prestigious Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Much of Maas’s writing featured crime and policing.  In this book, …

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The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh was born in London, England on 1 Februaury 1965.  She is now based in Glasgow, Scotland where she studied history at Glasgow University.  She then established a second-hand bookshop, where she traded in books for many years. Her first novel was The Cutting Room which won several awards, including the 2002  John Creasey Award, by the Crime Writers’ …

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Sir Alan Sugar, The Biography by Charlie Burden

Charles Philip Newkey Burden (Charlie Burden) is a British author and journalist who was born in 1973.   He has written biographies of many famous people including Justin Bieber and Amy Winehouse.  I bought this book by him, Sir Alan Sugar, The Biography when it was withdrawn from circulation and sold for 10pence UK/15cents US. …

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Perfectly Dead by Iain McDowall

Iain McDowall is a British crime writer. He was born near to where I now live, Kilmarnock, Scotland.  He worked as a university lecturer and reseacher before he took up a career as an author.  He now lives in the midlands of England and sets his series of novels featuring his character Chief Inspector Jacobson …

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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (nee) Miller was born to a wealthy upper middle class family in Torquay, Devon in the south-west of England on 15 September 1890 and died on 12 January 1976. She is best known as a crime novelist but she also wrote short stories, plays and six romances under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. …

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An Act of Treachery by Ann Widdecombe

Ann Noreen Widdecombe DSG was born in Bath, England, on 4 October, 1947. DSG is The Order of St. Gregory the Great: one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See.  This special honour is bestowed on Roman Catholic men and women as a result of their personal service to the Roman Catholic …

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Innocent Graves by Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is a Canadian crime writer who was born in Armley, Leeds, England on 17 March 1950.  Peter graduated with Honours in English Literature at the University of Leeds, England. He then emigrated to Canada in 1974 to continue his studies and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The University …

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Tender is the North by Sheila Templeton

Sheila Templeton is one of my favourite contemporary Scottish poets. She comes originally from Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Sheila always claims she had a nomadic childhood,travelling from Aberdeenshire to Dar-es-Salaam. She was educated at  Aberdeen Academy followed by a degree in History at Aberdeen University.  This led to a thirty year career in secondary teaching followed, based in West …

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The Resurrectionist by James Bradley

James Bradley hales from Adelaide, Australia.  He is the author of three novels. This one, The Resurrectionist explores the murky world of underground anatomists in Victorian England.  He has also written a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and edited The Penguin Book of the Ocean and Blur, a collection of stories by young Australian writers.  Bradley also writes and reviews for …

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March by Geraldine Brooke

Geraldine Brooks was born on 14 September 1955 in Sydney, Australia. She grew up in the suburbs of Ashfield where she attended Bethlehem College and the University of Sydney.  She worked as a reporter for The Morning Sydney Herald then won a Greg Shackleton Memorial Scholarship and moved to the USA to complete her Master’s …

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