When does a “book” become “literature”?

I wrote this response in an Amazon forum: “I believe that true literature elevates writing as a craft such that the language refracts the light like a diamond, or like a lump of clay that is sculpted into a beautiful form to captivate the onlooker. Frankly anyone can write a book if they have a […]

Modern-day Scotland Yard page-turner – 5-star reader review

‘Death Before Breakfast’ is a modern English police crime novel with all of the craftsmanship of Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mrs. Gwyneth Bledsoe constructs her sentences and paragraphs in such a way as to simultaneously give English police procedure, brilliantly advance characterization and drop clues. This novel is a true piece […]

An Amazon Reader’s Comments

“I’m 75% through Death Before Breakfast. I’m loving the way the story melds it’s way into the streets of London and then takes me to Paris with memories of my time spent there.  The characterization of the Scotland Yard Inspector and his Sergeant, Rodney, who he mentors, is well placed. I like reading and writing […]

The Inklings

“Tollers” (J.R.R. Tolkien), as he was known by his fellow writers, was a member of the Oxford University literary group, “The Inklings” who met on Tuesday mornings in “The Eagle and Child” pub (or “The Bird and Baby” as they called it) to read aloud and discuss their unfinished works. How I would have liked […]

A Portal into a Parallel Universe

So, we were walking past where Tolkien used to live (see earlier Post) and a double-decker bus drives by with a banner ad blazoned across the side advertising the movie release of “Lord of the Rings.” I imagine if Tolkien had looked out of his window, he would have thought he was living in a […]

Famous Writers from Headingley

I was unaware growing up that within a square mile or two of where I lived in Headingley, several famous authors had also lived. Headingley is a suburb of Leeds with a rich history going back to Saxon days, but in more recent years it housed authors like J.R.R. Tolkien (“Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”), Alan Bennett, the playwright (“The Madness of King George”) and Arthur Ransome (children’s classic “Swallows and Amazons”).

February Audiobook

The “Death Before Breakfast” Audiobook is now available to order. Click on STORE then on the Audiobooks Tab. Click on the picture and you will see a description and be able to listen to a sample of the recording.