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From Folkestone, Kent United Kingdom
Joined Sunday, October 26, 2003
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 0 1,593
released in the wild 5 1,085
controlled releases 0 322
releases caught 0 305
controlled releases caught 0 100
books found 0 155
tell-a-friend referrals 0 38
new member referrals 0 10
forum posts 0 202
Extended Profile
NOV. 2021 update:

I like to read all sorts of books, although my favourite genre are the police procedural crime/thrillers and suspense novels. Anything too graphically violent and I tend to skim through it. I'm also keen on (auto)/biographies/non-fiction, especially on people who have lead interesting lives, but not necessarily anyone famous or in the public eye. I enjoyed The Cook's Tale and The Maid's Tale and Jennifer Worth's Midwife series. Anything relating to our social history. I like a well written crime book and I have my favourites (Peter James, Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, Lynda la Plante and Val McDermid) and I am also not averse to a bit of romance provided it reads well, has a good story and is not too mawkish. I can't resist a good Christmas novel though I am mostly disappointed with them.

Since Covid I haven't wild released at all and tend to just give my books away to non-bookcrossers and although they are all bookplated and journaled on the off chance they may resurface again I don't seem to have converted anybody yet!

Regarding the organised ''Secret Santa'' books it is best to check my Wishlist, which I shall endeavour to keep updated, because I do buy an awful lot of books to read on my kindle, especially if they are cheaper than the secondhand paperback versions. New books are getting more and more expensive and buying second hand from Amazon isn't that cheap with the ever increasing postal charges so I have recently joined the local library and have acquired some great reads there. I am sure I will still be tempted to buy the odd book now and then though!

For the UK secret santa 2023 as advised by organiser to put on profile (or in a PM to organiser) additional things that I like:

Anything with chocolate!
Putty erasers (for my art work)
Anything with chocolate!
book marks, book plates
Anything with chocolate!
Anything really
And in case I forgot to mention...chocolate

You get the drift!

BOOKRINGS I have started:
Morning Glory by Lavyrle Spencer - Closed
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory - Closed
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George - Closed
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman - stuck!
The Orchard on Fire by Shena Mackay - stuck!
Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi - Closed
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne - stuck!

BOOKRAYS I have started:
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer - Closed
Lucky by Alice Sebold - closed
Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George - closed
G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton - closed
Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George - closed
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler - closed
A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson - closed

BOOKRINGS I have joined:
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez - started by GlasgowGal
Tobermorey and Other Stories by Saki - started by Daemonwolf - read
In My Hands (Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer) by Irene Gut Opdyke - started by Robbiesmum - read
The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory - started by Ziggythecat - read
Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington - started by YowlYY - read
Old School Ties by Kate Harrison - started by GlasgowGal - read
The Good Women of China - Hidden Voices by Xinran - started by Kangaroo - read

BOOKRAYS I have joined:
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan - started by Tanis - read
Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag - started by ShyAnn - read
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - started by loopy1 - read
Forget You Had A Daughter by Sandra Gregory - started by GlasgowGal - read
My Forbidden Face by Latifa - started by YowlYY
What We Did On Our Holiday by John Harding - started by Chelseagirl - read
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett - started by Mastulela - read
Queens Play by Dorothy Dunnett - started by Mastulela - read
The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett - started by Mastulela - read
Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett - started by Mastulela - read
The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett - started by Mastulela - read
Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett - started by Mastulela - read
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson - started by GlasgowGal - read
The Inn At The Edge Of The World by Alice Thomas Ellis started by Reet Petite

TRULY WILD BOOKS registered and/or released by me, or released by proxy, and been caught:
The Endearment by Lavyrle Spencer .. .. .. .. **Double Jumper**
Crystal Rooms by Melvyn Bragg
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment by Isabel Losada
The Ice House by Minette Walters
The Orchard on Fire by Shena Mackay
Beholden by Clare Littleford
A Jarful of Angels by Babs Horton
The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
Alive! by Piers Paul Read
Fiction by various
The Kid Moves On by Kevin Lewis
A Long Walk In Wintertime by Libby Purves
Mr Brightly's Evening Off by Kathleen Rowntree
The Chocolate Girls by Annie Murray
Summer Of The Spanish Woman by Catherine Gaskin
JFK Is Missing by Liz Evans
Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger
Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
From Potters Field by Patricia Cornwell
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
In The Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George
A Second Legacy by Caroline Harvey
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari
Drop Shot by Harlan Coben
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
Dry Bones That Dream by Peter Robinson
Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin
Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin
Violets are Blue by James Patterson
Whistle Blower by Tess Gerritsen
Flying Under Bridges by Sandi Toksvig
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Fallen Skies by Philippa Gregory
Fractured by Karin Slaughter
Voodoo River by Robert Crais
The Queen's Man by Sharon Penman
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
Mother Country by Libby Purves
Two Women by Martina Cole
The Woman in the Fifth by Douglas Kennedy
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
Without Fail by Lee Child
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Lazy Bones by Mark Billingham
Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George.. .. .. .. **triple jumper**
The Red Dahlia by Lynda la Plante
Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
The Closers by Michael Connelly
Play Dead by Harland Coben
Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory
The Reading Group by Elizabeth Nobel
The Stars Shine Down and The Best Laid Plans. Two Bestsellers in One Volume by Sidney Sheldon
Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George
Girl Missing by Tess Gerritsen
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
Dead Like You by Peter James
Dead Souls by Ian Rankin
Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen
61 Hours by Lee Child
Coastliners by Joanne Harris
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs .. .. .. .. **double jumper**
The Summer that Never Was by Peter Robinson
A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag
Facing the Light by Adele Geras
The Kissing Garden by Charlotte Bingham
The Safe House by Nicci French
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
Blood Line by Lynda La Plante
Perfect People by Peter James
Bad Love by Jonathan Kellerman
The Long Road Home by Danielle Steele
Good As Dead by Mark Billingham .. .. .. .. **Triple jumper**
Behind The Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
The Summons by John Grisham
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
All The Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson .. .. .. .. **Double Jumper**
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The Affair by Lee Child
Light On Snow by Anita Shreve
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin
Hurting Distance by Sophie Hannah
Virgin Earth by Philippa Gregory
Alone by Lisa Gardner
Dead Sleep by Greg Iles -- -- -- -- **Double Jumper**
The Racketeer by John Grisham
All I Want For Christmas by Amy Silver
The Silence Of The Lambs and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark
Children of Men by P. D. James
Manhunt by Janet Evanovich
Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens
The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Portable Door by Tony Parsons
The Chocolate Girls by Annie Murray
Taken by Robert Crais
Keep Me Close by Clare Francis
Splinter The Silence by Val McDermid
Truth Or Die by James Patterson
On The Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark
Deadly Web by Barbara Nadel
A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark
Heligoland by Shena Mackay
Out Of Bounds by Val McDermid
Life Or Death by Michael Robotham
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks
The Keys To The Street by Ruth Rendell
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
Rabbit Stew And A Penny Or Two by Maggie Smith-Bendell
Sleeping In The Ground by Peter Robinson
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney
Day Of The Dead by Nicci French
The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham
The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith
I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
Origin by Dan Brown

Currently Reading:

Das Lächeln Der Fortuna by Rebecca Gable (temporarily abandoned)
The John Lennon Letters by Hunter Davies (temporarily abandoned)
Reading on Kindle: Divided House (free Prime) by J. M. Dalgliesh
Library book: The Figurine by Victoria Hislop
Book loan:
E-Book (Libby):

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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear; Death Of A Glutton by M. C. Beaton
Kindle Read: Lies by T.M. Logan; Other People's Children by Joanna Trollope
Library book: The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Gardner; The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith; Past Lying by Val McDermid

Liar Liar by M. J. Arlidge; The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon; A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer
Library Read: Fortune And Glory by Janet Evanovich, The Bookshop Of Jericho by Pip Williams;
Kindle Read: The Bookshop On The Shore by Jenny Colgan

MARCH: (8)
Death Of A Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton; A Heart Full Of Headstonesby Ian Rankin; Songs Of The Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult; Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge; Philip The Final Portrait by Gyles Brandreth; Holy Island by L. J. Ross; No Wind Of Blame by Georgette Heyer
Kindle Read: Broadlands by David Blake

APRIL: (7)
Dying In The Wool by Frances Brody; Hide And Seek by M. J. Arlidge; The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles; Family Blessings by Lavyrle Spencer; The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer
Kindle Read: Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews; Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

MAY: (6)
Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
Library Book: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell; Forever Young by Hayley Mills; Devil's Breath by Jill Johnson; Death Of A Nag by M. C. Beaton
E-book (Libby): Death Of A Charming Man by M. C. Beaton

June: (4)
Love Me Not by M. J. Arlidge; Stop Them Dead by Peter James
Library book: The Secret by Lee Child; The Book Of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel


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