Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

Portrait of a Murderer (British Library Crime Classics) - Anne Meredith, Martin Edwards

Adrian Gray,an unpleasant patriarch of an equally unpleasant family invites his six children (and their partners) to the family manor to celebrate Christmas. He is not a very loved or likeable man and his family have solid reasons to murder the old man. And one of them does murder Adrian Gray on Christmas Eve. The identity of the murderer is immediately revealed. This is not a who,how or why done it. The story revolves mainly around the exposure and evidence seeking to convict the culprit. It has definitely a modern,not Golden Age at all,twist about it but it took me an eternity to finish it and some parts just dragged on. True,my mother passed away in December and that really didn’t help me to keep focused…

Therefore it is really very difficult to give an unbiased opinion on this classic mystery…

Turkish Delights by John Gregory-Smith

Turkish Delights: Stunning regional recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

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A sprinkling of sun…

Although I really don’t mind the winter,a sprinkling of sun in the kitchen is a welcome present.
And both the recipes and the photographs (mind you not all the recipes have photographs but most of them…)bring a bit of sunshine in your daily diet.
The problem with a lot of “international ” cookbooks are the ingredients. How does anyone expect you to find some obscure vegetable or an unheard of spice blend? Well,the author gives you alternatives . For instance certain Turkish cheeses are replaced by feta,cheddar and even mozzarella! Those alternatives and the fact that most recipes are not overly complicated make this a very pleasant introduction to the Turkish cuisine.

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This is a bit strange. I was asked to participate in this blog tour and as the storyline was very appealing (a vodka-swilling dragon) I gladly agreed to review Eoin Colfer’s first adult fantasy book (he is the author of “Artemis Fowl”).

But unfortunately they forgot to mention my blog on their “blog visual”…

Oh well,things do happen and I am, notwithstanding this little hiccup ,looking forward to spending some time with a quirky dragon.

Just what the doctor ordered….