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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– One Liner Wednesday

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” This is the first line of Daphne du Maurier ‘s novel Rebecca. This first line is deceptively simple. The story which is told in retrospect begins as a fairy tale romance. The heroine who narrates the story is a simple well bred but penniless girl. She is swept off her feet by rich and sophisticated Maxim … Continue reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– One Liner Wednesday

One Liner Wednesday April 10, 2019

Today I am sharing with you the first line from Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice : “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man possessing a large fortune must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen can be considered the first feminist author or even the first feminist in England. Writing in the 18th century, she was well ahead of … Continue reading One Liner Wednesday April 10, 2019

Amateurs versus Police Officers in Detective Fiction

As an ardent fan of detective fiction, I have often wondered  how amateur detectives manage to outdo police officers every time., Have you noticed how private detectives, whether professional or amateurs, manage to stay one step ahead of local police? I first encountered this as a child, in Enid Blyton’s Five Find Outers mystery series. In these books, a group of five children manage to … Continue reading Amateurs versus Police Officers in Detective Fiction

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The Power of the Written Word

The Power of the Written Word Picking up a book at random, Flipping casually through its pages, You are so riveted by a word or phrase, That you are compelled to read on. Such is the power of the written word. Written for In Other Words. 5 Lines or Less, challenge, In Other Words, whatever! In Other Words, random… Posted on February 20, 2019 Write a story … Continue reading The Power of the Written Word

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Fairy tales & Nursery Rhymes–Queen of Questions # 4

We are all familiar with the characters in fairy tales and nursery rhymes. As part of her QoQ series, Theresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, has asked us questions about some characters. Click here to see her original post. 1.Everyone thinks they know the story of Jack and Jill, but why did they really go up the hill? They went up the hill to attend the Summit … Continue reading Fairy tales & Nursery Rhymes–Queen of Questions # 4

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Coma—by Robin Cook FOWC with Fandango

The novel ‘Coma” by author Robin Cook was quite a sensation in the 70’s. It is a story about organ theft. Organ theft followed by organ traffic is a very real crime. To put it simply, criminals  procure human organs for transplantation illegally and then sell them on the black market to people who need them. Transplant, the surgical replacement of a diseased human organ … Continue reading Coma—by Robin Cook FOWC with Fandango

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5 Classic Horror Stories

Classic horror stories are tales that have survived the test of time and are still appreciated by those who enjoy the thrill of being scared out of their wits. These are stories that play upon our senses to evoke fear and suspense. A lonely castle nestled in the midst of inaccessible hills. Mysterious disappearances in the closest village, after rumours of a strange creature seen … Continue reading 5 Classic Horror Stories

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Favourite Characters I Would Like As Best Friend

A best friend is someone who shares your interests, ambitions, ideas and experiences. A best friend is there to offer advice, comfort, congratulations, support; whatever you need and whenever you need it. Books are said to good friends. Like a best friend, a good book can provide comfort in many a difficult situation. While reading a book have you ever felt that a particular character … Continue reading Favourite Characters I Would Like As Best Friend

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Book Review: A Daughter’s A Daughter by Agatha Christie writing as MaryWestmacott

  Agatha Christie is one of the world’s most read novelists, Wikipedia calls her the world’s third best selling author. Yet not many of her ardent fans are familiar with the six books that she wrote under the pseudonym   Mary Westmacott. She wrote these when she was already established as a detective story writer hence the nom de plume for the books that she wanted … Continue reading Book Review: A Daughter’s A Daughter by Agatha Christie writing as MaryWestmacott

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Book Review: ORIGIN by Dan Brown

In this age of information technology, when news is old the moment it makes the headlines, when all kinds of information is available at the touch of a screen, making it to the limelight is no mean achievement. In this super-competitive, ever-changing world, what does an author do to get noticed? Looking at Dan Brown, many would say: write a controversial book. If you are … Continue reading Book Review: ORIGIN by Dan Brown