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MISS CHRISTIE REGRETS BY GUY FRASER-SAMPSON – BOOK REVIEW

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This is the second of the Hampstead murder mysteries by Guy Fraser-Sampson and what a brilliant one, I thought the first one was good Death In Profile but this exceeded that.  I love the way you can almost see each clue as it unfolds in the writing as it is so cleverly composed.  No computers to find results or clues just good old-fashioned police work and bringing in Agatha Christie is a touch of genius.

I like the way we are getting to know the characters of Hampstead ‘nick’ with just enough details about their lives to keep you attached to them and follow their roles in work and at home. I still did not guess who did the murder until almost the end as all the clues pointed to different people.  I think it must have been really good to be in the police force back in the day as this shows you how they painstakingly went through papers and clues to find what they were looking for.

Brilliant story and a super series by Guy Fraser-Sampson

During the summer of 2017 the next Hampstead murder will be available, this one being called A Whiff Of Cyanide

 

JANUARY 2017

Here’s  hoping you all had a wonderful evening either partying or sleeping, I did the sleeping on and off but did watch Robbie Williams on BBC1, very good if you like him.   Resolutions are mostly the same, lose weight, write more, read more but I am going to do this one, ‘be thankful for something every week’  We tend to just think of the bad or upsetting things so it is time we were more thankful and positive.  My reading challenge is 60 books this year, I was so impressed by my 50 last year but then I saw that some had read over 150!  I will stay positive and thankful though as any reading is good.

Decorations will come down today, presents will find homes and the last of the ham will be eaten.  Chocolates will be hidden, why can I always remember where they are though but constantly lose other things?

My first book of the year is Miss Christie Regrets by Guy Fraser-Sampson, this is due for release on the 12th January and just reading the blurb on back makes it sound very good so will be making a start on that today.


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As always lets hope for more peace in the world and hope 2017 is a great year.

THANK YOU

As most of you know I organised a couple of book signings for Carol Creasey and Guy Fraser-Sampson it was also to support Marianne at her coffee shop Congo Coffee in The Old High Street, Folkestone.

The events turned out to be not as popular as I would have liked so it was very lovely for Guy to take me for dinner Saturday evening before his live debate at the Quarterhouse as a thank you.

Then today I had flowers 🌺 chocolates 🍫 a gorgeous necklace and a lovely written card from Marianne. As much as I didn’t do it for thanks it was so lovely to be appreciated.

I would also like to thank my family and friends for taking the time to call in for a coffee it means a lot.

 

SATURDAYS EVENTS

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The charismatic author Guy Fraser-Sampson was in attendance at Congo coffee shop, signing his latest book Death in Paradise.  The weather was a bit against us as storm Angus was battering the coast and raining down upon us all afternoon, thank goodness for cake.

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Guy even went as far as to say it was the best he had tasted, I must remember to tell Marianne to keep up the good work and that I am more than willing to be taster of all she bakes.  We discussed his new book which will be out the 7th January titled Miss Christie Regrets, this will follow on in the Hampstead Murders with the third book which is almost finished becoming available in June.  Guy has obviously been extremely busy as he also re-located to the country side, I wonder what murders he will be dreaming up down in Sussex.  I was amazed when during our discussion about different books and authors he said he liked to read the good books again, I could think of nothing worse as there are so many that I do want to read but there is never enough time.  I was feeling proud of my total of 46 books that I have read this year until Guy informed me he read about 4 a week!  Between writing and reading he can’t have much time left but what a dedicated author and lets face it, it does show in his books as they are amazing.

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During Saturday morning I attended a workshop given by Andy Miller who wrote The Year of Reading Dangerously.  I must admit I did have a chuckle when he told us it took him 7 years to write about 1 year.  Andy also gave some very good advice about just about anything and everything to do with books, reading, writing, publishing, editing. in fact the man is a mind of knowledge.  The 3 hours passed so very quickly that we could have been there all day.  Very good events so far at The Folkestone Book Festival 2016.

OCTOBER, REALLY?

Where did that come from, October I mean and where has the year gone also why does it go quicker the older you get?

img_4466   There are not many good things about winter but one of them is hot chocolate, that will always put a smile on my face.  I love sitting in a cafe watching out the window, wondering where the people are going or coming from.

The other good thing is The Folkestone Book Festival in November, I can’t wait and have booked lots of events already.  I have also set up a book signing for Guy Fraser-Sampson at Congo Coffee shop in The Old High Street, so really looking forward to that as he is such a lovely man and a brilliant author.  His book Death In Profile was great so really looking forward to the next book which is out in the new year.

I steer clear of politics on here and very rarely read any posts about it but I have got to say I feel sorry for America as I don’t think either of them are up for the job, such a shame it cannot stay the way it is.

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I am reading ROOM at the moment, what a strange story but I am very intrigued by it, I think I can figure out what is going to happen as I am now half way through it but the beginning has you thinking all sorts of things.  It has been made into a film that I have borrowed also but will wait until I have finished the book to watch that.

We have half term here at the end of October and I am taking my eldest daughter and grandson Alfie to Euro Disney for three days, I think Jodie is more excited than Alfie.  I have taken all of Jodie’s children one at a time over the years so it will be good for her to know what they are talking about.  It was careful planning on my behalf though as she can do all the running about and I can sit and watch their enjoyment.

The other super thing about November is that it is National Novel Writing Month which I plan to do again this year and hopefully finish off my current book.  I don’t sign up for it just follow along and I find it really helps in motivating me to write everyday, even if I am not feeling very well I still try to write something while in bed.

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GUY FRASER-SAMPSON BOOK SIGNING FOR DEATH IN PROFILE

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The sun was shining as I made my way down to Rye in East Sussex this morning making it a beautiful drive through the Marsh.  Arriving at the bookshop I could see that it was already busy with two authors doing their signings.  I have only read Guys book, Death in Profile which I read in three days so yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now really looking forward to the next one in the series of The Hampstead Murders.    What a good feeling knowing there are more great stories coming from an author you like.

 

 

Hampstead, London is where the murders take place but the police find it hard to connect any of the leads they have so eventually they use a psychological profile but even that does not turn out as straight forward as they would hope.  This leads them to convict the wrong person forcing the police the look at the facts again and try to solve the murders in Hampstead.

This book has you trying to guess who has committed these crimes and I must admit it lead me on a false trail and I never did guess who did it until the end.

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

  
I am reading this at the moment and really enjoying it, thank you Guy for sending it to me.  Actually I can thank him in person as on Sunday I am popping down to Rye bookshop and meeting him for his book signing, really looking forward to that and will take pics to post. If you are anywhere near Rye then pop along as would love to meet you.

  
I think this will be a great series going by what I have read already, well done Guy. x