The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits

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I picked up this book quite by chance when I found it at a sale simply because I thought it would present an interesting new angle on murder mysteries. Edited by Mike Ashley this book is a compilation of about 24 stories, some written as far back as the 1800s.

Now, I’m not particularly well-versed with the rather expansive and pretty complicated British history (their contribution to Indian history was hard enough to learn in school) so Ashley’s foreword was well appreciated. Nonetheless, there were a few names even I recognised, most prominently Sir Walter Ralegh, Pocahontas (!), and of course, the King’s Players as Shakespeare and his company were known then. Continue reading “The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits”

The Fishing Fleet – Husband-hunting in the Raj

OK I’m going to admit this right off the bat and tell you that I am a huuuge history junkie. I’m one of those people who get misty-eyed when they look at old buildings and their heads get flooded with (imaginative, hence, probably inaccurate) images of the people who must have once lived there and […]

Game of Thrones

‘When you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die.’ It so happened that every time in the recent past, I’d ¬†go to the guy I usually buy my books from he’d try to hand me some book from George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. And every time […]

Our favourite day of the year!!

Now these are the kind of “days” we like!! In our highly consumerist world which seems to positively abound in this “day” and that “day”, we’ve got to admit this is one of our favourite “days”! (For me, closely followed on the heels of Earth Day! I have to admit I think the Earth and […]