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Having reviewed over 1200 books on this blog, I have now written two myself. Motherdarling is a story about a search for a missing Will which reveals long-hidden family secrets. The Kids of God is a thriller set in a dystopia ruled by fascist paramilitaries. Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle through Amazon. I live in Canterbury, England. I lived for more than thirty years in Bedford. Having retired from teaching; I became a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Liminality. I achieved my PhD in 2019. I am now properly retired. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. Follow me on twitter: @daja57

Monday, 24 April 2017

"Hazell plays Solomon" by P. B. Yuill

The south London wisecracking ex copper alcoholic no longer married private investigator James Hazell is working for a mother who believes that her baby was mixed up with another at maternity hospital.

A fairly standard PI story but well-written with a perfectly timed plot and, just for a moment, a true moral conundrum at the heart of it that has the potential for a stunning story.

This book comes before Hazell and the Three-Card Trick.


  • "On the seventh floor I took a couple of deep breaths to remind my lungs who was supposed to be the guvnor." (p 6)
  • "Today's lie is tomorrow's trouble" (p 8)
  • "If life was all down to theory I'd be king." (p 8)
  • "That year most kids were pinning up boy canaries with Lolita faces" (p 12)
  • "he couldn't even mention God without taking a quick look over his shoulder." (p 15)
  • "From the way she dealt with the porter I could see that the words please and thanks had been lost somewhere along the line." (p 36)
  • "At that speed he should have been done for illegal parking." (p 41)
  • "Her lips tightened as if she thought that an outright smile would be bad form." (p 81)


April 2017, 171 pages

Also in the series: Hazell and the Menacing Jester

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