1992 historical detection, fourth in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher
series (1920s flapper detective in Australia). As Phryne is driving
home one night, someone shoots out her windscreen. As the gunfight
moves on, she gets out of the car to find an injured young man, who
dies in her arms.
2006 psychological thriller. After a highly public series of tragic
incidents, Antonia Weston goes to Cheshire to stay in a cottage near a
small market town, hoping for anonymity and peace. But she soon
experiences a series of events which seem to be echoing the past she's
trying to forget.
1991 historical detection, third in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series
(1920s flapper detective in Australia). Everyone in one of the
carriages on the overnight train to Ballarat is chloroformed; Phryne
retains just enough consciousness to shoot out the window and let in
some air. When everyone recovers, it's found that an elderly passenger
has vanished. But why?
I have recently purchased a Garmin DriveSmart navigation unit. It is
quite possible to get this up and running, legally, without buying a
copy of Windows or Mac OS. Here's how. I believe this will also work
with DriveAware and DriveLuxe models.
2009 SF, loosely connected with the Company series. The British
Arean Corporation sponsored the colonisation of Mars… then it turned
out that short-term profits weren't possible, and they lost interest.
Mary Griffith runs the only place to buy a beer on the Tharsis Bulge.
1936 classic English detective fiction; fourth of Marsh's novels of
Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a meeting of the House of the Sacred
Flame, a small cult, the Chosen Vessel drinks from the Flaming Cup,
gabbles nonsensically, and dies of a dose of sodium cyanide.
2015-2016 science fiction, 10 episodes. When the ice-hauler
Canterbury gets destroyed, the Belters blame Mars, Mars blames
Earth, and Earth blames the Belters.
1990 historical detection, second in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher
series (1920s flapper detective in Australia). Phryne takes on the
case of a son whose mother is worried he'll murder his father, and
then the father is indeed murdered; and she tracks down a kidnapped
This supplement is not about a specific world, or an area of GURPS
rules: it's about how to convert a fictional setting for use in a
1962; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Nicola Ferris, on holiday
from her job at the British Embassy in Athens, has been looking
forward to getting away from it all in an obscure corner of Crete. But
a day of random wandering brings her into contact with two men, one of
them badly injured.
Back to the Two Brewers on a muggy night, for the third meeting of
1989 historical detection, first in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series
(1920s flapper detective in Australia). Intelligent, beautiful, rich,
and bored, the Hon. Phryne Fisher travels to Australia in order to
find out whether John Andrews is poisoning his wife, her clients'
I'm not fond of ClearChannel; I'm already inclined to regard it as a
fairly vile mob because (a) it's an advertising firm and (b) it
systematically destroyed non-top-40 music radio in the USA so as to
maximise advertising revenue. But it's reached a new low.
1930 classic English detective fiction; fifth of Sayers's novels of
Lord Peter Wimsey. Philip Boyes, writer on atheism, anarchy and free
love, died of quite a lot of arsenic; Harriet Vane, who had lived with
him without benefit of clergy for nearly a year until they had
quarrelled three months earlier, is accused of having poisoned him.
Wimsey, seeing the trial, is convinced of her innocence, not to say
smitten by her; when the jury cannot agree on a verdict, he makes it
his business to save her from the gallows in the month before the new
1988 mystery; eighth in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private
investigator in San Francisco. Sharon's sister Patsy has a new
boyfriend, and a renovation project in the
But someone's playing tricks, sabotaging the project and scaring off
the workers; Sharon takes a long weekend away from her job to help
Some friends of mine have got the new edition of
Mansions of Madness,
and I went along to try it out. Spoilers for the "Escape from
2008 mystery; ninth in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur
sleuthing). Jude drops into the local betting shop to take shelter
from a sudden hailstorm; another customer staggers out, and turns up
stabbed in an alley nearby.
2015 science fiction comedy, 10 episodes. In a corrupt neon future,
the Moonbeam City Police Department tries to keep the peace. More or
2014 SF, first of the Solarian War Saga. Elfrida Goto works for the
Space Corps, persuading asteroid-dwellers to accept resettlement
before their asteroids are dropped into Venus as part of the
terraforming project. But her telepresence robot is acting up, and
then the space station she's living on comes under attack.
Pyramid, edited by Steven Marsh, is the monthly GURPS supplement
containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's
police and legal systems.
2007 mystery; eighth in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur
sleuthing). Carole always has her hair cut at Connie's Clip Joint,
"same shape, but shorter". This time, Kyra, one of the juniors, hasn't
turned up, and she turns out to have been left dead in the back room,
strangled with the cord of a hair-dryer.
Back to the boardgame café again.
1936 classic English detective fiction; seventh of Allingham's novels
of Albert Campion. The Barnabas family publishing house is used to
strangeness; the founder's nephew disappeared in broad daylight while
walking between his house and the main road. Now Paul Brande, one of
the cousins who run the firm, is found dead inside a locked room. US
vt Legacy in Blood.
The various markers in Flash Point Fire Rescue work pretty well, but
they're a bit dull and cardboard. Well, they can't help it, poor
things. Here's a replacement.
2006 mystery; seventh in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur
sleuthing). Jude's been asked to extend her healing practice to a
horse; but she doesn't expect to find the co-owner of the stables
stabbed to death. Obviously it was the local "Horse Ripper", caught in
the act. Or was it a jealous husband?
group was trying out a new venue, the upstairs room of the Two Brewers
in Marlow – which was blessedly free of fashionable lighting.
2006 military SF, fourth of the Kris Longknife books. Kris finally
gets an independent command: a single-world "naval district" on the
far end of anywhere.
This Dungeon Fantasy supplement deals with magical items that store
2005 mystery; sixth in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur
sleuthing). Carole's son is getting married, but the bride's parents
are oddly reluctant to have any announcements made… and then the
father is strangled.
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are
to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)