The Year in Books: March…

Almost the end of March already – where did that go!

I was going to say that this month’s reading had been an unusually spasmodic affair, but then it struck me that spasmodic is actually my norm rather than exception. So what has been on the bedside table?

Well, I started the month with the latest (to me at any rate) offering in the Pitkirtly series from Cecilia Peartree – The Queen of Scots Mystery. Not an historical whodunnit, but a modern one where the body is found in the eponymous pub. I came across the Pitkirkly books one night when I was looking for something light and cheap . The first in the series – Crime in the Community – was either free or less than £1, and had brilliant reviews, so I went for it.

They are not challenging reads, but there’s something about the wit that appeals to me. Having finished The Queen of Scots, I downloaded the next – A Tasteful Crime – but that I haven’t started yet, something to look forward to one of the nights.

If you haven’t met Christopher and Amaryllis yet, you can find them going very cheap on the Kindle. Cecilia’s blog would be a good place to find out more.

But the book that I’ve been most pleased to read in March is The Alchemist’s Journey by Glennie Kindred.


Now if the words New Age or Alternative bring out the cynic in you, or if your views on life, the universe and everything, are closer to the dishy Prof. Brian Cox than the tree-hugging Prince of Wales, don’t bother going anywhere near this book – I mean it, honestly, don’t touch it with the proverbial barge pole.

However should the idea of fusing alchemic principles with the Celtic festivals of the turning year, to assist on your spiritual journey, sound plausible (and that I suspect is where we’ll all entertain our own thoughts), give it a go.

I loved it, but then I am an ageing hippy and I have been known to hug the odd tree…


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10 thoughts on “The Year in Books: March…

  1. Thank you for these recommendations. The first sounds a great holiday read when we next go to Scotland – and for £1 on my Kindle how can I refuse? I will also investigate The Alchemist’s Journey – though my thoughts are probably mid-way between Brian Cox (certainly dishy) and tree-hugging – but I’ll give anything a go!

    1. Well Margaret, Glennie’s book does have some lovely black and white illustrations, so even if the content veers towards the wacky you’d enjoy the drawings.

  2. Ditto the ageing hippy – though I am in my sixties so probably even more ageing than you! – and the occasional tree hugging lark. I have some of Glennie Kindred’s books and often dip in and out of them, of all the ‘new agey’ writers, she is my favourite. And intrigued enough by the Pitkirtly series to go and have a look, thanks for the recommendation and enjoy next month’s reading. Have you chosen them yet?

    1. Edwina, lovely to meet you. I can see from your blog that we have a lot in common! I haven’t decided yet on April, although I have the next Pitkirtly lined up on the Kindle and A Scientific Romance by Ronald Wright which was a recommendation from Catherine at Knotted Cotton after the last piece of needlepoint. I rather like to trawl the charity shops and see if anything leaps off the shelf towards me. I’m really enjoying this project, it was a wonderful idea and I’m so pleased to be taking part.

  3. The Alchemist’s Journey sounds just up my street! Although I do have a partiality for Professor Cox, as you know. I will put this on my list – thank you, Anny! 🙂

    1. Well I know it won’t appeal to many, but that’s rather the beauty of your project, an opportunity to glimpse other people through their choice of reading. Really enjoying it.

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