Entertaining & Suspenseful thrillers

Some kind soul has given me a number of Library Books to read during my copious recuperation time (Some of the rubbish on Daytime Television really does-my-head-in) and I can’t really travel very far at the moment. So reading is a good way of keeping my mind active.

Shimmer by Hilary Norman

Nail biting psychological thriller, full of suspense and action, which features a Detective named Sam Becket, who is on the trail of a vicious Killer after a swimmer makes a gruesome discovery in a rowing boat. Things then go from bad to worse when his sister-in-law Claudia becomes the victim of a blackmailer.

Sam’s only lead is a local character named Mildred Bleeker, who has seen a frightening stranger during the night, who puts her in mind of the Angel-of-Death…

Crash by Gerald Hammond

Full of Mystery & Suspense, this novel features a solicitor named Julian Custer, who comes across a devastating car crash, one Spring day. Only one passenger named Delia Barrow has survived, but she is confused and badly injured and the only thing that she can remember is her name. So Julian uses his knowledge to try and find out the identities of all the other passengers and piece together what happened that fateful day and why

Victory of the Daleks/Time of Angels

I am a big Dr Who fan & Lately I’ve been enjoying the reruns of the Latest series of Dr Who, starring Matt Smith & Karen Gillan. One of the The latest episodes I’ve seen follows The Doctor & Amy back to World War II to meet Winston Churchill, who is very excited about having a new secret weapon which could help him win the war. However The Doctor is horrified to discover that this new secret weapon is in fact a Dalek, masquerading as a human created weapon

It turns out that it is part of a devious plan by the Daleks, who have managed to locate one of the last remaining “Progenitor Devices,” which will enable them to create a whole new race of Daleks, and it has been programmed to start upon hearing the Doctor’s voice. So they trick the Doctor into declaring them to be Daleks, this starts up the Progenitor Device and within moments they are in big trouble….

The Time of Angels/ Flesh & Stone

My favourite Doctor Who episodes are the ones which are Creepy dark, and atmospheric. This two-part episode fits the bill perfectly. It starts off when The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy (Karen Gillan) rescue River Song (Alex Kingston) from a stricken spaceship, carrying a Weeping Angel, the ship then crash lands on a planet. So they go to get help, but the trouble is that the only way to reach help is to go through a maze of creepy catacombs, which they discover to their horror, all happen to be inhabited by more Weeping Angels…

Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR by Roderick E Fowkes

This is another fascinating steam related book I have been reading again recently. It is a nostalgic look at Britain’s Railways through the eyes of a chap whose boyhood dream it was to become an Engine Driver, but who was sadly denied his dream due to medical reasons.

In the book he reminisces about his experiences of growing up with steam, getting his first job on the railway as a junior Porter and gradually working his way up until he becomes part of the senior management at the station nineteen years later, and goes right up to the point where steam is phased out in the 1960’s to make way for the then-government’s rather hastily thought out and executed plan of Modernisation & Dieselisation on Britain’s railways.

Along Lost Lines by Paul Atterbury

Ive recently started reading This  Nostalgic and fascinating book again, which  looks at the heritage of lost railway lines in Britain and features some wonderful archive photography to illustrate the way things used to be aswell as using accounts from those who worked on the railways at the time and photos of how the area looks now.

The book is divided into these chapters Southern England, Wales, Central England, East Anglia, Northern England & Scotland. Each chapter looks at subjects such as Lost Routes, Lost Stations, Railway Works, Tunnels Bridges & Viaducts, Signalling, Lost liveries, Excursions, Engine Sheds, Repairs, lost Narrow Gauge Railways, Nameplates & Goods, on each of the railways. The books also looks at the reasons why the closures were made and what became of the various structures afterwards

Primeval (Episode four)

Connor (Andrew Lee Potts), Abbie (Hannah Spearitt) and The rest of the ARC team are once again called into action when an anomaly opens up at a School and a pack of carnivorous dog like reptiles called Therocephalians decides to investigate (Hmmm that would be a good way of dealing with disruptive pupils – or you could send ‘em back to the Triassic Era, lol, That would also make a really awesome Outward Bound course too) 😀

Although I don’t think Elf & Safety would think much of those ideas.

Meanwhile all the prehistoric animals at the ARC facility are in danger of being put-down, so Abbie tries to change the minds of the powers-that-be and convince them that the animals are not a threat and should be kept alive.

Duran Duran – All You Need is Now

The 80’s New Romantic band Duran Duran have got a new album out entitled “All You Need is Now”, I used to think they were brilliant, so I can’t wait to hear this new album.


Tracks on the album are:
All you need is now
Blame the Machine
Being Followed
Leave a Light on
Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)
Girl Panic
The Man who Stole a Leopard
Runway Runaway
Before the Rain

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy

I really enjoy reading a good book, and having had plenty of visits to hospital over the years, it has given me ample opportunity to do so. Recently I obtained an Amazon Kindle E-reader, so now I am able to get some great books without needing acres of shelving space. So To get the ball rolling, (as you might say) I decided to get Stieg Larssons excellent Millennium trilogy. I have heard lots of positive things about the books, but never got round to reading them until now

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The first book in Stieg Larssons Millenium trilogy is a crime thriller which tells the story of sacked investigative journalist/publisher named Mikael Blomkvist, who takes a job from a capitalist giant in order to find out what happened to the man’s long missing niece.

To help him, Blomkvist enlists the help of a brilliant yet mysterious computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander whose anorexic frame and antisocial nature hides a truly awful past. Together the pair form an entirely unconventional team in order to solve the mystery.

The Girl who Played with Fire

Book two of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy again features Mikael Blomkvist, the crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium,

This time Blomkvist runs a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation in Sweden. However On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are found murdered, and the finger of suspicion points at his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander.

Blomkvist, is convinced of Salander’s innocence, and so plunges into an investigation to find out the truth. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

The Final book in Stieg Larssons Millennium trilogy picks up immediately after the end of the second book, which ended with Mikael Blomkvist finding  Lisbeth Salander in an extremely critical condition along with a former Russian-agent-turned-gangster.

Eventually after a very long recuperatiion Lisbeth sort of recovers, but she soon finds herself in even more trouble, awaiting trial & facing jail for a very long time for the murder of the Russian agent-turned-gangster.

Meanwhile convinced of her innocence, Investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist, who knows all of Lisbeth’s secrets and still cares about her, is desperately trying to help her while also chronicling a wider story