The Queens of Crime: Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Superintendent Battle - all of these detectives, some amateurs, some professional - are the creations of one woman, Agatha Christie. Dame Agatha Christie started writing as a young woman, but it wasn’t until 1920, when her first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published that her…
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The Queens of Crime: Margery Allingham

MR ALBERT CAMPION Coups neatly executed Nothing sordid, vulgar or plebian            Deserving cases preferred Police no object So reads the business card of Margery Allingham’s detective/adventurer, Albert Campion.   Campion first appears as a side character in The Crime at Black Dudley, but he was so insistently present throughout the story that Allingham made him…
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Finding Your Family Through DNA

Hunting for your ancestors is a popular hobby these days. There are few things more exciting than finding a famous ancestor or uncovering a juicy family secret. Television shows such as Genealogy Roadshow and Who Do You Think You Are? have encouraged many to seek out their heritage for the first time. Traditionally, genealogy required…
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Shakespeare for Beginners

When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language…
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Fun Reading Challenges for 2019

As a new year starts, most of us think about how we’d like our lives to be different. One improvement I'm hoping to make this year is in my reading life. Rather than just pick up whatever book looks good to me at the moment, I’ve decided to split my reading between planned reading and spontaneous…
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