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Wishing everyone a Happy 2014

First Book Of the Year

I chose to start the year with a book I bought myself for Christmas; A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley. This book was written to accompany a BBC series which I didn’t watch (or even know about) because I was too busy reading but despite this I think this is just the book I needed as it combines my fascination with crime with my love of history.  Perfect start to 2014

A Very British Murder


In A Very British Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nation-wide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria’s lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, puppet shows and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern Britain, murder entered our national psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since. Amazon

and here is a terrible picture of me reading it!

Me reading NY 2014

Vintage Happy New Year

This fantastic picture was Created by: becky_rose35 on Blingee


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

57 thoughts on “Wishing everyone a Happy 2014

    1. Thank you – it is a great read going back to the rise of crime fiction from the penny dreadfuls to the ‘Golden Age’ of detective fiction. A good accompaniment to the Silent Witnesses book I read. Thank you but I’m really distressed that WordPress has picked that one out of the 4 to put in the top 10 posts!!


      1. Haha! You’ll just have to hope it becomes one of your unpopular posts soon! (I might pop in and view it a couple of times a day just to keep the picture up there… πŸ˜‰ )


  1. The books sounds interesting–but I think the picture is even more interesting! A woman very happily reading a book in front of a beautiful Christmas tree–what a heartwarming holiday scene–but, wait–what’s that book she’s reading–could it be about –MURDER??? πŸ™‚


  2. Sounds like a great choice. I know what you mean about missing TV series because you are too busy reading. I do the same thing. Happy New Year and happy reading! I added my first book post to Sheila’s Linky.


  3. How perfect to start the year with a book you bought for Christmas. Maybe we should have a meme every year for that as it sounds a great idea. Hope you enjoy it and love your pic with tree in background.


  4. The forensic field is fascinating. I wonder if methods are similar across countries? I also wonder if this is a graphic read for you. If so, you are really brave.


    1. I think early on each country had different tests as well as means of identification (I got this info from Silent Witnesses) but this book is more about how crime has featured in the Brits reading habits for around 200 years. Not too graphic a read though and as I read lots of crime fiction I am quite hardened to the horrors now πŸ˜‰


  5. That’s an awesome picture! What are you talking about? I love the Christmas tree in the background. My hubby took ours down and it looks a little sad in our living room.


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