Posted by: billpurdue | September 18, 2011

A new Detective Sergeant

First of all, apologies for the gap between the last posting and the one before – attaching an interview has to be done by Chad staff, so this takes a little time. Anyway, I hope the interview was reasonably clear – it was recorded in a café in West Bridgford, so there was quite a bit of background noise.

Just published

I’m not a great poetry fan, but there are two poets for whom I make an exception: John Betjeman and the wonderful Pam Ayres. I once had the privilege of meeting Pam, behind the scenes at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield many years ago now. Last week she published a book of memoirs called The Necessary Aptitude [Ebury £20 978-0091940485], which should be an excellent read. I have only had a very quick thumb through it, so I can’t tell you much about it, except that I didn’t find any poems, as far as I could tell. There are plenty of books of her poems available anyway.

Having just read Deborah Devonshire’s Wait for Me (which I’ll write about in the next few weeks) I was interested to see her latest book in the shops called All in One Basket [John Murray £20 978-1848546387]. It’s a collection of writings which have already appeared in Home to Roost and Counting my Chickens, but if you haven’t seen those two, then the new title is worth a look.


Possibly the most difficult type of murder to solve?

One of the books I took on holiday this year was a murder mystery by an author I hadn’t come across before. Maggie Wilson’s Fallen Angel [HandE Publishers £7.99 9781906873325] is her first book and a pretty good one it is too. This is the first in a series called “The DS Hammond Investigations” and takes place in Westwood General Hospital, where someone has been contaminating saline solution causing the deaths of four patients (echoes of a real life case at Stepping Hill Hospital earlier this year). This seems to be a case which is almost impossible to crack,  given all the checks that have to be made before any patient receives medicines and the number of staff on Ward 73 where all the deaths occur.

On top of that DS Hammond, whose wife died from cancer a couple of years before in the same hospital, finds himself strangely attracted to the Ward Sister Cate Carter, something he needs to be very careful about, as she is a suspect along with all the other staff. Arrests are made, but it soon turns out that they are barking up the wrong tree. Eventually they think they’ve caught the right one, except that there is a clever twist right at the end.

Maggie Wilson should know about hospitals and their procedures as she used to work in one – King’s Mill Hospital actually, but she now lives further south. I’ll look forward to the next in the series which is due in November, called Inside Out.

I’m reading (and enjoying) Poppadom Preach by Almas Khan. More about this title later



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