Tag Archives: 1970s

Uncoffin’d Clay, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

A charming late-era entry into the Mrs. Bradley mysteries, Uncoffin’d Clay is something of an inversion of the typical detective-story structure. Rather than presenting a rigorous clue-hunter stalking their foul, murdering prey (and it must be said that Gladys Mitchell’s mysteries hardly … Continue reading

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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, by Colin Dexter: A Review

Re-reading the Inspector Morse books in order, most readers will be conscious of a definite datedness not only to the style, but to the portrayal of the characters of both Morse and his long-suffering foil, Sergeant Lewis. It is odd to … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Man, by Jacob Bronowski: A Review

Before James Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed, before Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and before David Attenborough’s Life on Earth or any other great multi-part science and nature documentary that you care to name, there was 1973’s The Ascent of Man. Intended as a complementary … Continue reading

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The Exiles Trilogy, by Ben Bova: A Review

When I was in primary school, my favourite place was the library. Even in my first years of formal education, I always wanted to go to the main shelves, instead of being confined, as the lower grades were, to one … Continue reading

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Last Seen Wearing, by Colin Dexter: A Short Review

The second Chief Inspector Morse novel does little to make him a more attractive character than his first outing in Last Bus to Woodstock. Published in 1976, Last Seen Wearing revolves around the disappearance of schoolgirl Valerie Taylor. When the … Continue reading

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A Heritage of Stars, by Clifford D. Simak: A Short Review

It’s an unfortunate indication of the quality of this novel that it took me a week to get through it. Yes, I was doing other things and reading other books, but it is still indicative of the sometimes less-than-stellar quality of … Continue reading

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Last Bus to Woodstock, by Colin Dexter: A Review

Last Bus to Woodstock is the first of Dexter’s thirteen Morse mysteries. It introduces Thames Valley’s Chief Inspector Morse and his long-suffering Sergeant, Lewis (he is only christened years later). If readers are approaching the novel having seen the 1980s-90s ITV production, … Continue reading

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