review: the quickening maze

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds (2009) The Quickening Maze belongs to the genre of historical fiction.  It takes actual events in the lives of its three primary characters—English poets John Clare and Alfred, Lord Tennyson and medical doctor Matthew Allen—and fictionalizes those events.  According to the back cover and the acknowledgements, the events in... Continue Reading →

review: the woman in black

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983) The Woman in Black is the story of Arthur Kipps, an English solicitor.  The narrative opens with Kipps as a man of about fifty years of age enjoying Christmas Eve with his wife and children.  As the evening unfolds, the children begin telling ghost stories, and eventually... Continue Reading →

review: a man called jones

A Man Called Jones by Julian Symons (1947) This novel features Julian Symons’ Inspector Bland of Scotland Yard.  It is the second novel in which Inspector Bland appears (the first being The Immaterial Murder Case).  These are the only two novels I have read by Symons but my impression so far is that they do... Continue Reading →

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