‘Run To Me’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery, by Milly Reynolds

This is number 17 in the Mike Malone Murder Mystery Series.

DI Mike Malone is given a puzzle to solve by a friend, find his sister.

However, before he can even begin to delve into this mystery the case he has always feared arrives in his little market town – a missing child.

Join DI Malone as, together with his faithful DS Alan Shepherd, they look for the child and stumble across another serious crime on the way.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

The Channel Islands & the Other Islands of the English Channel – Part 3 The Isles of Portland and Wight & the Iles Chausey — Revealing What Has Been Hidden in Front of Our Eyes (Reblog)

This is the last part of a three-part series on the islands of the English Channel. In the first-part of the series, I took a close look at the features and history of Alderney Island in the Channel Islands, which are British Crown Dependencies. In the second-part of the series, I looked at the same…

The Channel Islands & the Other Islands of the English Channel – Part 3 The Isles of Portland and Wight & the Iles Chausey — Revealing What Has Been Hidden in Front of Our Eyes

‘Beauty Sleep’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery, by Milly Reynolds

In this, the fifteenth installment of the Mike Malone murder mystery series, Mike has two problems to solve.

He still needs to identify the Blob that keeps appearing on the riverbank in the midnight hours.

But a more serious concern is the disappearances of sixth-formers form the local Academy. Is there a serial killer at large?

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

The Beatles – 1962-1966 (1973) — The Ultimate Music Library (Reblog)

A review of the first half of The Beatles career retrospective from the years 1962-1966.

The Beatles – 1962-1966 (1973) — The Ultimate Music Library

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Cricket Captain 2020 – Season Seven — Silly Point Cricket (Reblog)

Some say that seven is a lucky number… they must be joking! My seventh season at the helm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club promised so much but ultimately provided so little. We started both white-ball formats well only to finish bottom and when second or at least third place seemed an almost certainty in the […]

Cricket Captain 2020 – Season Seven — Silly Point Cricket

Poem: A Walk by the Sea

a walk by the sea

Without too much thought I took
to the beach,
followed the white lines of
breakers
leading me due north along that
fractured shore.

in no time at all the beach huts were
behind me,
removed by dunes and blurring
summer haze.

then suddenly
she was there
right in front of me, as if she’d
dropped
right out of the ether.

she was squatting down,
blonde haired and
quite young,
her blue-green dress hitched up a touch
showing small bare feet
half buried,
where the dry white sand
gave way to shingle.

I stopped
said hi
but she didn’t even look!
staring into that wide expanse
she could see
clear across the ocean.

looking down I admired her
gold-embroidered dress,
the delicate amber jewellery on
slim fingers,
her long hair matted by
the keen breeze.

then she looked up,
her eyes like cyan gems
and pointed to herself–
‘Elfhild’ I thought she said
sounding sort of German
or Dutch or maybe something
in between
but I didn’t speak a word.

not then.

she didn’t seem lost or in any distress
so I moved on,
giving her a faint wave,
after all, what business was it
of mine?
I carried on steadily
maybe half a mile or so,
felt the wind move round
south to south east.
I could’ve done with a jumper so I
turned back,
got up quite a pace in the end.
frankly I wanted to return
to see if she was alright –
but I saw only footprints
where she had been, where the shingle
gave way to sand.

walking to the shoreline something
caught my eye, a piece of amber
wet and shining.
I picked it up, held it
to the light
and smiled, looking out
to where the waves
were rolling in by the edge of
that German sea

poem and image © copyright Dave Barker 2020

Tudor History: A True Royal Struggle | Letters From Katherine of Aragon — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY (Reblog)

When Katherine Of Aragon wrote a heartfelt plea to her father, she held the title of Princess of Wales through her marriage to Prince Arthur of England. The couple had not been married long before the prince’s untimely death in 1502 at Ludlow Castle. Faced now with widowhood and all alone in a foreign country, […]

Tudor History: A True Royal Struggle | Letters From Katherine of Aragon — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

*** This is a great site. Here are some of my own pieces kind of related to this reblog, but with an astrological slant:

Prince Arthur Tudor of England

King Henry VIII Tyrant?

Mike Malone Murder Mystery Series: ‘See How She Runs’

Another tongue-in-cheek mystery in the popular Mike Malone series.

When, a week before the annual Flower Parade, a bull gets hit by a car, Detective Inspector Mike Malone initially thinks that it is an unfortunate accident.

However, when he is told that the bull sustained injuries inconsistent with a car accident, he realises that once again he has a murder to solve. With the crowds gathering in the town ahead of the busy weekend, Mike realises that he has no time to lose.

The investigation takes an unexpected turn when a second murder is committed, seemingly by the town’s most unlikely criminal; Mike needs his wits about him to solve the crime especially as his Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, has other things on his mind. Then a local farmer’s wife goes missing.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Milly Reynolds In Her Own Words – Quirky Crime Fiction

Crime fiction is a vast subject, yet Milly’s take on it veers off along a peculiarly English and quirky route.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘And Then She Was Bad’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery

When the naked body of a young man is found in a local beauty spot, Detective Inspector Mike Malone has two problems.

Firstly to find the young man’s identity and secondly to find out who murdered him. However, things are never simple and when Mike also discovers that one of his own is in trouble, he realises that an old adversary is once again playing him for a fool.

With Detective Alan Shepherd at his side, Mike follows the twists and turns of both cases, finding along the way that sometimes love and sex can be two sides of a very twisted coin.

This seventh novel in the series is once again a quirky trip into the town that Mike Malone has made his own and familiar faces pop up to make their voices heard.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Tails I Win, Heads You Lose!’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery by Milly Reynolds

When the local milkman starts finding sheep’s heads instead of empty milk bottles, Detective Inspector Mike Malone knows that once again, he has a murderer to find.

With his trusted Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, at his side, he starts the search for the vital clues that will solve the case.

However, when Mike realises that his nemesis, Max Kitchener, has arrived in town, then he knows that he must protect those closest to him or blood will be spilt, maybe even his own. As Max Kitchener takes the stage to enact the final part of his revenge, Mike Malone faces a battle for his life. Who will be the victor? Heads or tails?

This is the fifth novel in the Mike Malone Mysteries series and yet again, it is a tongue-in-cheek romp through the Lincolnshire countryside.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020