The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

In which Sherlock Holmes is reinterpreted by a young, wilful girl who might just be as brilliant as he is…. Sherlock Holmes was a good deal younger than Dr Watson (and their publisher, Arthur Conan Doyle) portrayed him as being, so that when he retired to the countryside to raise bees, he was still fit…

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

It’s truly great to be back in the world of Fitz and The Fool. Over the last six novels, these are characters I have come to love, inhabiting a world that seems so real and vivid and thought out. I am unapologetically a fan and will probably always read these books, even if there’s eventually…

Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

Interestingly, as he remains such a public figure – there’s the guest spots on TV shows, newspaper interviews, he’s still there with his musicals – the real pinnacle of Mel Brooks’ career was forty-five years ago. In 1974 both BLAZING SADDLES and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN were released. Okay, that would be the highlight of most people’s…

Ghost Stories (2017)

As a horror movie fan there’s a lot to really like in this portmanteau movie. Clearly made by people who appreciate the genre and who – like me – prefer creepy scares to gore, each of the three tales is really well-crafted and disturbing. (Mrs Jameson won’t mind me saying that she watched large parts…

Legion by Iain Rob Wright

The second of Iain Rob Wright’s apocalyptic series feels like a sideways accompaniment to the inaugural novel, THE GATES. Having followed the travails of various characters in the first book, we now pick up with a set of different characters who encountered them along the way. As such it’s a bit like the ROSENCRANTZ AND…

Saint Death by John Milton

The advantage of having a protagonist who wanders is you can drop him into all kinds of different stories. So, whereas the first John Milton tale saw him in an adventure in East London reminiscent of THE WIRE, here he’s up against Mexican cartels in a tale that is like a missing season of NARCOS.…

Good Omens (2019)

I don’t think the critics have been sniffy about GOOD OMENS, more that they’ve shrugged their shoulders and given it a collective ‘meh’. The ones I’ve read seemed to quite enjoy it, but it’s not going to be on any of their year’s end best lists. I don’t know if it will end up on…