Greeks Bearing Gifts (by Philip Kerr)

[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.


Consistent Dividend or Growth – a conundrum?

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…


30 Days of Justis (by John Ellsworth)

[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.


Tips for Living (by Renée Shafransky)

[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.


Things We Never Said (by Nick Alexander)

[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.


God Delusion or Not? Trouble with Religion!

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…


A Dark so Deadly (by Stuart MacBride)

[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 to Live Well in Retirement? Top Portfolio!

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…


Free Books to Download or Read

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, where I discovered books by Philip…


The Bone Field (by Simon Kernick)

[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!

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