Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Last Lighthouse Keeper

The Last Lighthouse Keeperby Alan Titchmarsh

I have read a couple of Alan Titchmarsh’s books before and thoroughly enjoyed them. He always manages to combine an interesting (although predictable) plot, well rounded characters and well paced story telling. Fine literature it might not be, but a jolly good read non the less.

Set in small-town Cornwall we have a budding romance, secrets and a touch of smuggling. The whole thing centres around Will and Amy. Both are alone by choice, but find themselves drawn to each other, despite their mixed up pasts and very different dreams for the future.

Will has lost his job as a lighthouse keeper and sets about preparing to sail solo around the coast of Britain. Amy runs a local art gallery which is her way of hiding from her past. The twists and turns may be predictable, with few surprises, but the story is a good one.

A good easy read and very enjoyable.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

hound of the Baskervilleby Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

So I have now read possibly the most famous detective story in the English language – The Hound of the Baskervilles. This is only the second of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories I have read and I must admit I was sceptical at first, but very soon found myself totally engrossed in the mystery. However, I still find I have little liking for Sherlock himself. I find the character to be arrogant and self obsessed. Conversely  Dr Watson is a very amiable and likeable charter who’s devotion to Holmes is find difficult to understand.

Centred around the mystery surrounding the unexplained death of Charles Baskerville and the immediate threat to his heir, Henry, Dr Watson travels down to Devon, the home of the Baskervilles, to watch over their new client and to find out as much as he can about the legend of the hound. Sherlock is absent for much of the story, leaving Dr Watson to piece things together in his own way.

Unlike many other similar books I felt I had enough of the facts to work out the majority of the mystery myself, with just enough held back to leave me unsure of how it would all unfold.

Conan Doyle certainly knows how to keep his readers interested and I will certainly be reading more 

Beneath The Skin

Beneath the Skinby Nicci French

Although I am not fond of reading the first person, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of three different women, each of whom has received threatening letters from a stranger – or is he?

All women are petite, but other than that there seems to be nothing to link them. Zoe is a school teacher, Jenny a housewife, and Nadia a children’s entertainer. The police don’t take Zoe’s case seriously enough, but by the time Nadia gets her first letter, they are very interested indeed. 

At times I was reminded of Sean Huttson, although his ending would have been very different from Nicci French’s. 

An excellent thriller that keeps you guessing, even when you know you know, right to the end. 

Pirates! In and adventure with scientists

Pirates! in an adventure with scientistsby Gideon Defoe

I haven’t read any of his books before and still haven’t seen the film adaptation either, but thought it was worth a read.

It is a very short book but was one I found very funny. Some may find it a little childish, and it certainly wouldn’t win any prizes for its literary value but let’s face it, if you want something even remotely of literary merit, you wouldn’t pick a book with this title.

The story centres around the Pirate Captain and his rowdy crew of pirates, non of whom seems to have a name. They are tricked into boarding The Beagle in search of treasurer, only to be met with Charles Darwin and a ship load of interesting animals. The pirates then find themselves back in London where they help Darwin rescue his brother.

Great fun. Must get the rest.