From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming

I’m officially done with the James Bond books. I enjoy the movies, but the books are just too incredibly chauvinistic and sexist. Usually I can take books for when they were written, but when characters say things like, “All women want to be swept off their feet. In their dreams …

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Listening to The Scarlet Pimpernel and the narrator says the name "Armand" and it dawns on me that the narrator is the late Ralph Cosham who narrated the Louise Penny series until he passed away. Love him! — Carol (@carolsnotebook) May 4, 2018 I don’t usually notice who narrates the …

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles was a re-read for me. I’ve read or listened to most of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels over the years, but I always enjoy them. Sir Henry Baskerville needs Sherlock’s help. He’s inherited a house in Dartmoor, at the edge of the moor, in …

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

There are some classics that I wonder why it has taken me so long to get around to. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith is one of those. It’s a dark, psychological thriller that shows anyone can be capable of murder, given the right, or wrong, circumstances. As the blurb …

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sara Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal is a very timely courtroom drama. Just a warning, there is going to be a minor spoiler here. I don’t think I can help it. Handsome, charming James, a Junior Home Office Minister, is accused of rape by an ex-lover. Sophie is his wife who believes, at …

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea alternates between positively boring and absolutely fascinating. At the story’s opening, the seas are (maybe) being terrorized by (maybe) a giant monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, and his servant Conseil join an expedition leaving from New York to …