Outrage - Arnaldur Indriðason

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Erlender is absent in this excursion into Icelandic-flavoured Scandi-Crime-Noir, leaving the focus on Elínborg as she investigates the murder of a young man - found in his flat in a pool of blood, his throat cut and wearing nothing but... Read more

Prophecy - S. J. Parris

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My second outing in the company of Italian ex monk Giordano Bruno, protecting Good Queen Bess and (relative) religious tolerance in the service of Sir Francis Walsingham. We're in the twilight years of Tudor England, with the rich and powerful... Read more

Tsum Valley Trek Prep (and Blurb BookSmart blip)

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We'll need 5 photos for our Easter trip to Nepal: one for our visa, four for trek/park permit(s). So, rather than shelling out for a official passport ones from a photo booth or Jessops, I googled diy passport photos online... Read more

Doctored Evidence - Donna Leon

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In Doctored Evidence Donna Leon shows us a slightly darker side to the good guys - Commissario Brunetti, Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra - but in the context of Italy's obtuse legal system, and the power broking amidst the (absolutely... Read more

Long Weekend in York

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A lovely long weekend for one of our irregular series of St Andrews Reunions, featuring Daina, Gillian, Hazel, Helen, Laura J and Laura M. York Minster First class transport courtesy of East Coast trains spring sale, a cosy cottage whose... Read more

Pure - Andrew Miller

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1785, four years before the arrival of revolution in Paris, young engineer Jean-Baptiste Baratte is commissioned with the removal of the cemetery of Les Innocents. As his dreams of building bridges are replaced by the practicalities of bringing up the... Read more

Cordillera Blanca: photos and notes

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Embarrassingly tardy this, given that my trek in Peru's Cordillera Blanca with Val took place last summer. Although I did a short post with photos when I got back (Back from Peru: Cordillera Blanca complete), sometimes I just need longer... Read more

Arctic Chill - Arnaldur Indriðason

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Reykjavík is in the grip of the hard Icelandic winter, when the body of a 10 year old boy is found in a children's park near to a block of flats in one of the city's more run down areas.... Read more

The Last Quarter of the Moon - Chi Zijian

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Our nameless Evenki narrator reflects on her life as one of the last nomadic reindeer herders in China's for north east, where Russian influences seem stronger than those of Han China. A novel that reminded me a lot of Margaret... Read more

Silence of the Grave - Arnaldur Indriðason

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Another page turning Icelandic crime novel featuring complicated Detective Erlendur, juggling his his semi-estranged pregnant, drug addict daughter Eva Lind and fully estranged wife Halldóra on the one hand, and the discovery of a body buried in the hills above... Read more

Where next: Tsum Valley, Nepal

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Destination: Nepal's Tsum Valley in the Manaslu Conservation Area close to the border with Tibet: Why: To trek in some more big mountains with Hazel, and to visit Val's Himalayan heartland which comes with a large dollop of Tibetan heritage... Read more

Jar City - Arnaldur Indriðason

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My first taste of Icelandic noir, as Detective Erlendur investigates the murder of an old man in the Norðurmýri area of Reykjavík and a runaway bride from Garðabær. Cryptic notes have been left at the murder scene and at the... Read more

Sara Wheeler writes about the summer season at various scientific bases in Antarctica, and deftly folds in history, literature and observations on her fellow sojourners in the big, white south. Wonderful. Publisher page: Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica - Sara... Read more

Christmas 2014 / New Year 2015

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.... were spent in Herefordshire, for the second year running, and featured: Mince pies by Maestro Phil Mince pies with marzipan A fabulous hamper of festive treats from dad and Jean Our Christmas Hamper from dad and Jean: a veritable... Read more

Excellent - easy and informative - book about some of the typefaces we see around us and use everyday; their origins, creators, design elements and (in)famous uses. A Christmas present from Phil and the last of my holiday reads. Author... Read more

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

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A big read set in the NZ gold rush town of Hokitika where a hermit prospector is discovered dead in his hut, a young digger who's already struck gold is missing and the town prostitute is found half dead of... Read more

Heretic - S. J. Parris

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More Elizabethan sleuthing - this time with Italian ex monk Giordano Bruno on his first mission for Sir Francis Walsingham - visiting Oxford in the company of Sir Philip Sidney and the Polish Prince Palatine of Siradia, searching for papist... Read more

Peter Hopkirk's succinct account of the early 20th century Western expeditions to, explorations in and archaeological exploitation of the cities of the Silk Road in Chinese Central Asia - present day Xinjiang - long lost under the sands of the... Read more

The Blind Goddess - Anne Holt

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With thanks to Miss Peabody Investigates' 2014 crime fiction highlights (itself the result of my recent rediscovery of the excellent Radio 4 Foreign Bodies series), I have my first encounter with Norway's grandmother of crime fiction (according to Jo Nesbø)... Read more

A Passion for Killing - Barbara Nadel

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An early outing with İstanbuli policemen Çetin İkmen and Mehmet Süleyman. İkmen finds his excuse to avoid pre trial paperwork ends up embroiling him in multiple affairs of the heart and passions verging on obsession, featuring Lawrence of Arabia's batman... Read more

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Born and brought up in Solihull, I studied at St Andrews and in Chester before coming to live and work in London.

I've done a variety of jobs in the legal sector, focusing on the knowledge management and technology side of things since 2000. You'll find details on LinkedIn.

In September 2013, I joined the ICT staff at St Paul's School on a part time basis, helping pupils learn the skills to live in a world driven by rapid technological change.

SparklyTrainers is about my world outside work. As you'll see, I love to travel, take photos and read.

I tweet (sporadically) as @maryloosemore

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