Buried Under Books

Solving mysteries in Victorian London, Gooseberry style.

Sometimes you see a book and just know you’re going to love it. That’s how I felt when I spotted ‘Gooseberry’ by Michael Gallagher on Librarything. The fact that I had yet to read either Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Moonstone’, which is the inspiration and touchstone for Gallagher’s novel, or anything previously written by Gallagher himself, […]

The Moonstone: detection and sensation in the 1880s

Espionage, murder, romance and humour; this novel has them all. Considered by many to be the inaugural detective novel, Wilkie Collins’ nineteenth century novel ‘The Moonstone’ is a classic. What’s it about? A precious gem is stolen, a curse follows the thief and three Hindus sacrifice their caste to retrieve it. This brief prĂ©cis gives […]

The one you wish you hadn’t read

Like most people, I love a freebie. Free ebooks always seem like a great way to fill up my kindle, which I only tend to use when a bulkier book would be inconvenient to pack. Unfortunately, in my experience, these books are often free because no-one would buy them otherwise and very little money has […]

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