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A WHIFF OF CYANIDE BY GUY FRASER-SAMPSON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED TODAY 2ND JUNE 2017

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HAMPSTEAD MURDERS SERIES

Guy has done it again, this is a superb mystery thriller and I love that it is set at a Crime Writers Convention with the very famous Miss Marple in attendance.  Should the police take any notice of her thoughts?  Good old-fashioned police work at it’s best with a good human element as we follow the lives of the detectives at Hampstead nick.

Two murders that make you change your mind so many times about who killed them or even how many people were involved.  Dramatic violence that ends in a hospital with readers not knowing how that will turn out, then secrets are coming out in the open that shock some and cause ripples of uncertainty.

My thoughts went backwards and forwards about who was involved and of course as usual with Guy’s story’s I failed miserably to work out who done it!  In fact so many revelations in the last chapter that I read it twice just to make sure I had it clear in my head. But what a great finish as everything was tied up just how I like it.  I do hope there is going to be another book in this series as I love it, from all the characters to the setting it all flows so very well together.

Well done Guy Fraser-Sampson you have another best seller to add to your collection.

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FAIR AT THE GRAND, FOLKESTONE

Dodging the showers I picked Jodie up and we went up to The Grand for the craft and vintage fair.  There were over 60 stalls selling a wide variety of crafts, some people are so clever, I did tell Jodie I had put a glue gun on my birthday list!  I like having a try at doing things and looking round at all the ideas you realise that they are very simple to make, well they look it, lol and such clever ideas that I would never think of myself.

Jodie found these bags, which you can roll up and put in your handbag for unexpected shopping, the covers come off so you can wash them.  So many different designs, this is the one I picked and Jodie had a cream one.

I think they are very similar to the ones we had in the 70’s.

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They are called Dorky Bags from http://dorkybags.co.uk    or you can email them at dorkybags@gmail.com

It was then time for a coffee before we headed home, it was the first time I had been out so I did not feel that good and to be honest it was good to get back home in my jamas relaxing again.  Happy Monday everyone.

MAY 2017

MAY DAY

Today is a typical bank holiday, cloudy and drizzly, I guess we should be used to it but no we still like to moan, lol.

I am going to pop to The Grand for this craft fair, it is also Nostalgia Day so music and lots going on, I need to get out and escape for a while as it feels like I have been indoors for weeks.  I love this old building I always feel it is such a happy place.

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MAY 1st  10.00 to 4.00

Carano Arts, Crafts & Vintage Fair
What ever you are doing this extra day off work and school, have a good day and make it all about you!

AS ANOTHER WEEK STARTS

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As fast as the snow arrived it disappeared but not before Jade had a quick ride on Samson in it, did not appear to bother either of them but I am sure it must be more fun in the sunshine.

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I acquired myself a record player and was very pleased to discover that it had a CD drive and a cassette deck, radio and aux plug, the sound is great and I am so pleased with it, even more so in that it only cost me £30 and they are selling new for £145 my bargain of the month I think.  I then spent all Saturday listening to all my old records, such good memories.  I love it when so many of the songs you can actually remember an event that happened at that time.  I don’t feel that happens now a days or am I just too old and nothing much happens any more?

I was 6 years old when that christmas song came out and I have never heard it play on TV or radio since then.  Typical teenager writing all over Donny Osmond cover for Puppy Love, you can not beat the original, then summer of my life; 14 and heartbroken.  Many more happy memories that last forever.  I am very cross with myself for chucking out all my old cassettes and I only did that about 6 months ago, gutted.

Mia and Zac came for dinner and Peaches was trying her very best to ignore them and go sleep and then hissed at me as if I was the one waking her up!   The children are all on half term for the week so I have a movie night planned with Jodie and a trip to London with Izzy.  I am not filling myself up too much as still get really tired and out of breath so a bit of reading and writing will be my lot for the week.  Have a great week what ever you are doing x

NEWSPAPERS

Do you still have a newspaper delivered or do you buy one everyday?  

While I was growing up we had the paper delivered also the local paper on a Friday, in fact my Nan had a magazine and I had a comic so the newsagent must have loved us; but it was the done thing everybody I knew had a paper boy/girl.  I was about 14 when I got my first paper round it was horrible getting up in the winter but I spent all week planning what I was going to spend my money on when I got it Saturday so that kept me going.

Sadly not many homes have the luxury of this anymore but that is due to the fact that people read what news they want to on-line, many not even downloading a whole newspaper just using an app the read the headlines or what appeals to them.

Do you miss not having a paper delivered or even buying one everyday?

I would like to still have one delivered but I class that as an expense that I cannot afford, I don’t even buy one anymore.  I guess eventually journalists will all be self-employed and work from home as the up keep of an office can not really be justified now.

Many stories are reprinted from other sources or blogs or even websites, I do find it very annoying when I do buy a magazine and find that half the stories have been in some other print form.  I think the local newspapers will survive for a bit longer as they have the interest of all the local people but I think eventually they will be disregarded with people getting news instantly on the Facebook local pages for the area you live in.

It is an ever-changing world we live in today and it makes you wonder where it will all end, I’m not against future developments but I do sometimes miss some of the old ways.

What about you? 

H.G.WELLS-AUTHOR

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I have always had a bit of a fascination for this very talented man H.G.Wells especially as he lived here in Folkestone, in fact he had the house built and it still stands today but is a nursing home.  I have been through the grounds and even seen the hut that he did a lot of his writing in.  You can even see the house he rented in Sandgate while the house was being built.

I do not think people are aware of how clever he really was in thinking up things of the future.  Even the house he built had bathrooms for every bedroom something no one else had thought of before and did not even take off until many years later after his death.  He predicted some sort of talking device to contact other people or as it is known today, the phone.

He was a very passionate man in his writing and his personal life, in fact when indulging in a passionate affair it would show in his writing.  His most famous book is The Time Machine which was so well received then, it put him forwards as a most popular author, so many wanted to read his views in his stories.

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Folkestone used to be such a grand place, it would be lovely to see it like that again for our future generations.

ECHOES OF TIME BY ANNE ALLEN-BOOK REVIEW

I have read all the books in this series and I never get bored as they are full of wonderful thoughts of Guernsey, in fact it has prompted me to go there next year and see this beautiful island for myself.

I love the way you get glimpses of previous books but in no way does it spoil your enjoyment as they are all stand alone stories.

This one gives you the history of what it was like in the war for the islanders and how they really struggled, I think as it is blended into the story you find it so interesting.  Maybe this is how history should be taught as a book full of dates, wars and recession has never appealed to me but these stories I could read all the time.

I also love anything spiritual and the ghosts in this one are very believable, I would love to meet one!  A great book to read coming up to Halloween but to be honest you can read this anytime and you will enjoy it.  Part love story mixed in as well so you get a bit of everything in this book.  Well done Anne Allen for writing one of the best book series I have read, I am now waiting for the next one.