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    It’s No Mystery why Agatha Christie loved Torquay

    September 11, 2018
    Imperial Hotel, Torquay: the terrace where Miss Marple explains whodunit in Sleeping Murder

    I’ve been a massive fan of Agatha Christie since I first picked up Sparkling Cyanide many years ago. This book alone explains my fascination – a brilliantly conceived plot, a quirky hero, the hugely satisfying denouement when everything gets explained with a flourish. I even find the fact that no-one’s too sad about the deaths rather intriguing, though I know it’s a stumbling block for many. Fast forward a long time and Dame Agatha is one of the inspirations behind…

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    Picasso #MeToo

    It’s hard not to fall for Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, at the Tate Modern – but you’ll never tumble quite as hard as the man himself did for Marie-Therese Walter. Her face…

    May 1, 2018
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    Between the Lines

    Went to the Gursky exhibition at the reopened Hayward Gallery last weekend, with a very interesting lecture beforehand. I blush to admit I knew virtually nothing about the German photographer before going along, even…

    March 6, 2018
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    Resort to Murder

    I have a confession to make. This is supposed to be an unbiased review of Resort to Murder but, with this author, I’m not capable of such a thing. I love TP Fielden’s work.…

    February 20, 2018
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    Meet the Author – Isabella May

    I’m really pleased to be welcoming the very talented writer Isabella May back to my blog today, as part of my Meet the Author series. You may remember Isabella popped in last year to…

    February 10, 2018
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    Meet the Author – Val Penny

    I’m very pleased to introduce my friend, the author Val Penny, to you all today. Val’s first book is coming out on 2nd February so I’m really glad to be giving you a sneak…

    January 30, 2018
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    Moomins at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Although I don’t live in Dulwich any more (haven’t you heard? There’ve been a lot of murders there lately…) I pop back as often as I can, partly to replenish stocks of my book,…

    December 2, 2017
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    Murder on the Orient Excess

    It’s been three days now since I watched the blockbusting new film Murder on the Orient Express but I still haven’t got Kenneth Branagh’s moustache out of my mind. I know it’s a mistake…

    November 15, 2017
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    Have We Got News For You

    I’ve hesitated to write about this, but I was really upset by BBC1’s Have I Got News For You last night. It had been a tiring but good week, and I wanted something funny…

    November 4, 2017
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    The Party

    Went to see an absolutely splendid film last night, The Party. We’d been intending to go to Armando Iannucci’s movie, Death of Stalin, but it was sold out, and The Party was very much…

    October 23, 2017