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Ian Rankin – Hide & Seek

30 Sep

Before I start, I just want to say I absolutely love Ian Rankin, so this is totally biased.

Rebus by far is my favourite Detective. He has so many foibles, can at times come across as a bumbling idiot, yet he is brilliant. The more I read, the more in awe of Rankin’s writing I become. I just wish I had read the books in order.

Each book has its main story, each book stands alone. Yet, just like with many of the great detective novels, there is an ongoing story about the detective himself.

This novel starts with ethe discovery of a body in an Edinburgh squat, to many it would seem an open and shut suicide case, but not Rebus. Digging deep into the murky undertones of the city, Rebus discovers a much more sinister and sleazy layer than even he could ever imagine.

As I have already said, I love Rankin’s writing so for me to say I couldn’t put the book down probably doesn’t surprise you. All I will say, don’t make the same mistake as me. If you havent read any of the Rebus series, start at the begiining. You wont regret it.

Only three items for the desert island! You must be joking.

8 Jun

So, today is list day. A list of books, bands and films that I can return to . It is obvious from my list that having only three items to choose for the desert island could be a problem. (and this is only books/films and music – where would chocolate and my Clarins cream fit in?).

Let’s begin.


10 Things I Hate About You

Legally Blonde

Jerry Maguire

My Best Friends Wedding

The Little Mermaid


Love Actually

About a Boy

Musicians (Oh I hear you – ‘they’re not musicians’ – yes they are!)

Green Day

Blink 182

My Chemical Romance

No Doubt


Girls Aloud

The Killers


The Girl Next Door – Blink 182

Whatsername – Green Day

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Ashes – Embrace

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

My Velocity – Maximo Park

Books from Boxes – Maximo Park

Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons


The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

PS I love You – Cecelia Ahern


John Grisham

Mary Higgens- Clarke

Ian Rankin

Jilly Cooper

(This list is off the top of my head and I have only allowed myself 24 hrs to consider if there is anything missing. I don’t think so, but you can guarantee when I hit publish all sorts of tracks/books will be coming to mind that I wish I had listed).

So, it is quite clear from my list that each area has its own flavour. Even my favourite books are not by my chosen authors. What about you? What would feature on your list?