The Grove of the Caesars – Lindsey Davis

The Grove of the Caesars - Lindsey Davis
The Grove of the Caesars – Lindsey Davis

With Tiberius Manlius away visiting his ill sister, Flavia Albia is in charge of their home and business and finds herself investigating (possibly ancient) scrolls unearthed by their builders during a project in The Grove of the Caesars – when the rape and murder of a respectable Roman matron occurs at an evening party near by.

Author page: The Grove of the Caesars – Lindsey Davis

A Knife to the Heart – Barbara Nadel

A Knife to the Heart - Barbara Nadel
A Knife to the Heart – Barbara Nadel

A fast read; always the sign of a good read for me.

We are back in Istanbul, and it’s 2018/2019. Ikmen’s retired, Fatma’s died and their adult children are worried about the djinn in the kitchen.

Elsewhere in Istanbul, a cut throat property developer buys an old mansion where in 1976 a young woman committed suicide by stabbing herself in the heart. Or did she?

Publisher page: A Knife to the Heart – Barbara Nadel

Summit Fever – Andrew Greig

Summit Fever - Andrew Greig
Summit Fever – Andrew Greig

A birthday present from Emma, as one of her favourite mountain books – and I can see why. A first timer’s account of a small team expedition to climb Mustagh Tower in beautiful Baltistan, Andrew Greig is a poet and not at all the macho mountaineer – and a lot of what he talks about is very familiar from my first treks.

It turns out I’d read (and LOVED) the book his then girlfriend wrote about the same trip, after she’d left The Chaps (urgh – always so male these mountaineers!!!) in their base camp: Among Muslims: Meetings at the frontiers of Pakistan – Kathleen Jamie.

Both books, highly recommended.

And, yes, I want to go back….

Author page: Summit Fever – Andrew Greig