Saturday, 17 March 2018

Virgin Visit To Camden Lock Books, London, UK

From Camden Lock Books' website:  Camden Lock Books, located in Old Street Station in London, is one of the capital’s more established independent bookshops.  They are a general independent bookshop and also specialize in great photographic, art, and local history books (& ECM label Jazz CDs).

Established in 1984 as a second-hand bookshop in Camden Lock Market by Jason Burley, it was then called Lot 49 Books (in homage to Thomas Pynchon).  At its zenith, Camden Lock Books had expanded into three shops, one on the South Bank and two in Camden Lock Market.  Since 2002, when they moved to Old Street Station, they have stocked new books and collectable books and their name reflects their place of inception.

No station bookshop in London has a wider general stock.

They also buy and sell Out of Print books using Marketplace and AbeBooks.  These are no longer being published, are often rare and may be otherwise hard to acquire.  Jason’s expertise came from 4 years as London Chairman of the largest group of Out of Print booksellers in the UK [Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association].

In addition to professional advice & service, they offer:

- 3 for 2 on the shop’s bestselling latest 50 paperback & hardback novels
- a shop-front window with their leading general books at less than half price
- order & post books from UK & USA, both current & out of print

So, for outstanding convenience of access by public transport, combined with depth of stock, and people who have cared about the books they sell (from their home-made shelves) for over 30 years, buy your books from this surprising gem of a bookshop.

They are open weekdays 8.30 am until 7 pm and Saturdays from 12 noon until 5.30pm.

Call the shop on 020 7253 0666, find them at Camden Lock Books, Old Street Station, London EC1Y 1BE, and email

In 2016, they opened a new independent bookshop, cafe and events space Burley Fisher Books at 400 Kingsland Road London E8 4AA,

(Photo credit:  Choose and Book)

Friday, 16 March 2018

Power In The Blood (John Jordan Mystery Series) by Michael Lister

Hardback:  In a mystery book market saturated with stories of gruesome serial killers devoid of morality and shady investigators whose questionable tactics make them difficult heroes, Power in the Blood (1997) by Michael Lister offers a more spiritual view of social ills and acknowledges that, behind every despicable act, there is always room for forgiveness and redemption. 

In this debut novel, Lister, a prison chaplain, introduces John Jordan, chaplain of a prison in the Florida Panhandle, who witnesses the bloody death of Potter Correctional Institution inmate Ike Johnson.  Jordan discovers that in the closed society of captives and captors no action goes unseen, and no one takes kindly to a cop in a collar.  He soon finds his reputation, his career, and even his life are at stake. There is power in the blood all right, but will it be the wonder working power sung about in the old hymn?

"While writing Power in the Blood , I attempted to present Chaplain Jordan as a person who is in many ways quite ordinary despite being a man of the cloth.  Like everyone else, Jordan attempts to find romance, deals with the demands of work on a daily basis, and struggles with his faith," said Michael Lister.  "Despite the extraordinary violence that he must face and the misdeeds of fallen souls he endures, Jordan manages to pursue the investigation with honesty and grace.  I think that makes him an unusual hero in today's mystery market." 

By offering up the sacred as well as the profane, Power in the Blood - the first instalment in the ex-cop turned prison chaplain John Jordan Mystery series - is sure to please both mystery readers and general fiction enthusiasts. 

About the author:  Michael Lister is an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and filmmaker of Florida-based mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and noirs.  Before becoming a full-time writer, he was the youngest chaplain with the Florida Department of Corrections from 1993 to 2000 - a unique experience that led to his first novel, 1997’s critically acclaimed debut, Power In The Blood, a New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

Michael grew up in North Florida near the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola River in a small town world famous for tupelo honey.  Captivated by story since childhood, Michael has a love for language and narrative inspired by the Southern storytelling tradition that captured his imagination and became such a source of meaning and inspiration.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology with an emphasis on myth and narrative.  

Michael lives with his wife Dawn in Wewahitchka, Florida.  They have four children, one horse, one dog, one cat, four ducks, and thousands of books. 

During his tenure at Gulf Correctional, Lister earned these words of praise from his warden, "Chaplain Lister's unprejudiced concern for the welfare of staff as well as inmates has brought a spiritual soothing to both populations at this institution.  He is an exceptionally gifted teacher, truly an angel, a shepherd to all."

Rating:  5/5

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stephen William Hawking, English Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Author (1942-2018)

Murder In Montego Bay by Paula Lennon

Paperback:  Murder In Montego Bay (2017) introduces crime-fighting duo Jamaican Detective Raythan Preddy and Scottish lawman Detective Sean Harris set in the picturesque city of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Privileged Chinese-Jamaican brothers Lester and Carter Chin Ellis have enjoyed a sheltered life as the heirs to the iced desserts empire Chinchillerz.  One fateful night, following a fiery encounter with local law enforcement the brothers are taken to Pelican Walk Police Station, where Lester is detained for drunk driving, while Carter is released without charge.

When Carter is shot dead within minutes of leaving the station, his murder throws the police force into crisis mode.

Discredited Detective Raythan Preddy is put in charge of the murder case and is forced to accept the assistance of Detective Sean Harris, a Scottish lawman seconded to Jamaica.

With his superiors watching his every move and the Chin Ellis family interfering with the investigation, Preddy is determined to catch the killer and save his career.

About the author:  Paula Lennon was born in England to Jamaican parents, the sixth child and only girl amongst five boys.  She lived in Jamaica during her teens and attended college in Chapelton, Clarendon.  Back in England, Paula worked for many years as a commercial lawyer in London, before deciding to live where the weather was more conducive to smiling.  She currently resides in Jamaica, where she is always actively plotting, writing, and admiring the Caribbean Sea.  Murder in Montego Bay is her first novel.

Rating:  4/5

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Roger Rogerson: From Decorated Policeman To Convicted Criminal (Australian True Crime) by Duncan McNab

Paperback:  The verdict is guilty.

On 20 May 2014, former New South Wales police officers Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murdered student Jamie Gao in cold blood.  Both have been found guilty of murder and possession of 2.78 kilograms of methamphetamine, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

But this was not Rogerson's first trial or conviction.  Once one of the most highly decorated police officers in New South Wales, he was dismissed from the police force in 1986, and jailed twice.

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

This is the eye-opening account of Rogerson's life of crime - policing it and committing it - and reveals the full story of one of the most corrupt and evil men in Australia, and the events that led inexorably to the chilling murder of Jamie Gao in storage unit 803.

For years, it was almost heresy to say or think that Roger Rogerson was anything other than a good bloke.

Roger Rogerson:  From Decorated Policeman To Convicted Criminal (2016) is dedicated to those who had the guts to disagree.

About the author:  Duncan McNab is a former police detective, private investigator, investigative journalist and media adviser.  He was in the Gao murder trial courtroom for eighteen weeks and has been following Rogerson's career - on both sides of the law - for over 30 years.  Quite simply, he knows more about Roger Rogerson than anyone else - alive.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Margaret River Bookshop and Internet Cafe, Western Australia

Located on the main street of Margaret River, Australia's famous wine and surf region in the south west of Western Australia, the Margaret River Bookshop is owned by the McLeods, a local family whose descendants settled in Margaret River in the early 1860s.  Family members Keith and Pauline McLeod and their sons all play a part in running the bookshop. 

Whether you are looking for the latest best-seller or specialist publications around viticulture, winemaking or surfing right through to books about the region’s history by local authors and illustrators, Margaret River Bookshop is the place to go.

The book shop also hosts regular guest author presentations, book signings and talks as well as being one of only two ABC Centres in the region.  It is a member of the MRBTA (Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association).

Needless to say, do drop in when you are in the area! 

(Photo credits:  Choose and Book)

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