The Wicked Library, Shadows by K. B. Goddard, Artrk by Alex Murd

My Second Episode With The Wicked Library


Hello, folks. I’m pleased to let you know that my episode, Shadows, is now available to listen to or download on The Wicked Library. Just follow the link to listen. Happy Halloween!

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The Wicked Library, Shadows by K. B. Goddard, Artrk by Alex Murd

The Wicked Library – Shadows


Hello, folks. Next month one of the stories from The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories is going to appear on The Wicked Library. I thought I’d give you a sneaky peak at the artwork by Alex Murd of Crazed Pixel.

What do you think?

The Wicked Library, Shadows by K. B. Goddard, Artrk by Alex Murd

The Wicked Library
Shadows by K. B. Goddard
Artwork by Alex Murd

 

Quick Curtain by Alan Melville – Book Review


Quick Curtain (British Library Crime Classics)Quick Curtain by Alan Melville

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One day, when browsing in a book shop, I discovered the British Library Crime Classics series. Yes, the British Library has reissued a collection of crime stories from bygone days. I read a lot of Agatha Christie when I was younger so I decided to give this collection a go. I have bought a few from the series and, apart from the Christmas short story collection – Silent Nights- this is the first one I’ve read.

Briefly, the story is set around the opening night of a new musical “Blue Music”. On stage in front of the entire audience on opening night, an actor, instead of just pretending to get shot, is actually shot- dead.

I’m not sure how I feel about Quick Curtain to be honest. It was light-hearted, (you know, for a story that contains a murder), and there is some nice quirky banter. However, you do wonder how the detective ever solves any crimes. He and his amateur assistant, in this case his journalist son, seem a bit absent-minded and slightly incompetent;  but this is meant as a humorous novel so that’s alright as far as it goes. I found it amusing in places with some interesting character observations.

For me, what let it down was the ending. It didn’t feel satisfying. It didn’t feel true or convincing, which you expect, even in a book with an element of tongue in cheek spoof about it. I don’t want to give anything away so I wont comment on why it felt unconvincing. I can see what the writer might have been trying to accomplish and it’s an interesting take but for me it doesn’t quite work as it is.

All in all, I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. It’s a bit of a light-hearted adventure. It’s a nice casual read  but ultimately a little let down by an ending that could have been managed better.

 

 

Shadows At The Door Anthology Available To Pre-Order


Hello all! I have just received word that the hardback edition of the  Shadows At The Door anthology project, of which I am part, is now available to pre-order. This is a project I’m really excited about.

So  if you’d like more information or to grab your copy of the creepy goings on over at Shadows At The Door just follow the link

Or if you would like to revisit my interviews with some of the authors you can do so here