[star rating="4" max="5"] Bernie Gunther is now an insurance loss adjuster. He is the same uncouth character with a nose for solving a crime. This time he has to investigate the sinking of a boat that is supposedly seeking Greek relics. Mossad, corrupt politicians, and Nazis all add to the intrigue.
In the article "How to Live Well in Retirement?", I favoured a dividend approach with some growth stocks to beat inflationary effects. Of course, this is just one strategy to provide a monthly income. Alternatively, you might favour a more conservative approach to growth with some dividends. If you are not a stock picker, then a more comfortable approach is to rely on fund or investment trust managers who have more experience. But even these managers do not always beat…
[star rating="5" max="5"] In 30 Days of Justis attorney Michael Gresham discovers that a daughter (he never knew he had) is on death row for the murder of a Judge. There are just 30 days to save her, and he is fighting cronyism and the prejudice against sex workers. The suspense builds as we approach the final days.
[star rating="4" max="5"] Nora has escaped from New York City to small town Pequod after her now ex-husband's (Hugh) affair resulting in pregnancy! She has started re-building her life as a journalist on the local rag until her life is shattered by Hugh's purchase of a property in the town.
[star rating="3" max="5"] - a spy thriller with a dysfunctional cast. Intriguing dialogue but an implausible plot.
[star rating="5" max="5"] It is a sad, funny but uplifting read. It is a roller coaster emotional journey as we follow life for Sean after his wife Catherine has died following a long fight against cancer. Compelling and thoroughly enjoyable.
Stephen Hawking and Mortality The sad news about the death of the world's greatest contemporary scientist - Stephen Hawking - last week , and some of the following press coverage raised thoughts about Mortality and Religion. Stephen was an atheist and held strong views: “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he told the Guardian. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people…
[star rating="3" max="5"] This standalone crime thriller depicts a dark community haunted by a serial killer, who likes to mummify his victims, in Scotland. The crime is investigated by a motley squad of misfits. Excellent dialogue. An entertaining read but probably instantly forgettable.
How many of us have thought about Retirement Income planning, planned ahead and invested in pensions and savings for a wealthy retirement (sorry senior Gap Years)? Not too many for sure! So how do you STRETCH savings and investments for possibly 30 plus years? First I am not a financial advisor so please don't think this retirement income planning is advice - just a personal opinion!! I have the State Pension, a small Teacher's Pension, a SIPP with Hargreaves Lansdown and…
[star rating="5" max="5"] This was an interesting gritty story of two sisters who suffered a harrowing episode in their past and how it completely changed their lives.
In retirement (or as my partner says: "Gap Years"), you inevitably have more time to read! In the digital age visits to the library become less frequent so how can you read for free? Free Books Online There are a number of sites where you can read books online but they tend to the older public domain books. There are sites where you can read modern novels online (or download them): For example, ReadanyBook.com where I discovered books by Philip…
[star rating="3" max="5"] Where was the NO 1 Philosopher Club described in the title? The book felt at times that the "crime" story was secondary to the philosophical content.
[star rating="4" max="5"] An evil crime thriller that is quite disturbing. The "hero" detective has a dubious moral compass, and the perpetrators of various murders are even more diabolical. Who is worst? Difficult tell at times!
[star rating="5" max="5"] I thought this might be a clone of Jonas Jonasson's "The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared", But how wrong can you be? This should be compulsory reading for politicians