Penny Hampson

A Dark Secret from the Past: My review of The Cry of the Lake by Charlie Tyler

August 1st, 2020

I’ve managed to find some time for reading recently and have been enjoying trying something different. The Cry of the Lake is the debut novel of Charlie Tyler. It is an excellent, psychological thriller full of unexpected plot twists. Told from the perspective of three different characters, Lily, Flo, and Grace, this pacy, suspense-filled story […]

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A Stroll into the Past Along Great Pulteney Street

July 28th, 2020

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I enjoy visiting Bath. Rightly designated a Unesco world heritage site, it is one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in England. Bath’s popularity isn’t a modern phenomenon; the Romans quite liked it too, using it’s natural hot springs to create a fabulous bath complex. Today, however, I’m […]

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It’s Never Too Late for a Second Career: Review of Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston

July 12th, 2020

I enjoy crime and mysteries with interesting plots, so when I saw this book on offer, I thought I’d give it a go. The author is someone new to me and the story is set in the American Mid-West, a place I’m not very familiar with. I also chose this book because I was intrigued […]

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Fiction from Fact

July 5th, 2020

My upcoming book A Bachelor’s Pledge is a work of fiction but there are many elements of the story that actually occurred. I try to fit them in seamlessly, so that it is not too much like a history lesson for the reader. It is late 1810, and my hero, Phil Cullen, is instructed by […]

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Want your spirits uplifting? Come on a walk to Minster Lovell

June 29th, 2020

I’ve been venturing further afield on my walks as the weather has improved. Last week the husband and I visited Minster Lovell, a picturesque historic village on the banks of the River Windrush. This village has three parts, Old Minster, Little Minster, and New Minster. You might guess that Old Minster was our destination Even […]

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Do You Want to Know a Secret?

June 21st, 2020

This article first appeared last year on The Coffee Pot Book Club: I thought it was worth updating here because spying and espionage are very much a feature of my upcoming book in The Gentlemen Series ~ A BACHELOR’S PLEDGE. When we talk of espionage today, we think of James Bond action heroes, or perhaps […]

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A Lockdown Day Out

June 8th, 2020

Although I enjoy my daily lockdown walks, seeing the same scenery day after day gets more than a little tedious. After nearly three months I was itching to walk somewhere different. So when the rules were relaxed recently, I decided to see if there was anywhere not too far away from where I live that […]

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Fancy a Ride Round Britain?

May 26th, 2020

Then let’s accompany Colonel John Byng, Viscount Torrington (1743-1813) on one of his tours. I’ve written about this chap before, but I thought now — when we are unable to travel — would be a good time to have another look at his diaries detailing his trips round the country. On Saturday 2nd July 1785 […]

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Unmasking a Villain: Review of The Talisman Ring

May 20th, 2020

We’re still in lockdown, so I thought I’d review another of Georgette Heyer’s historical novels, in case you’re still seeking some comfort reading. Set in 1793, The Talisman Ring is an enjoyable mix of adventure and comedy. It’s another of Heyer’s stories that doesn’t conform to the typical idea of a romance. It’s also different […]

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