As Christmas approaches, we look back on a strange year of lockdowns, social distancing and self-isolating.
A year ago these were terms that had never entered the vocabulary of most of us.
All of the above have touched our lives in one way or another.
Our local creative writing group has had to adjust quickly to the challenges of meeting, not in person, but on Zoom, another word new to most of us.
It is against this backdrop of change and uncertainty that some of our members have managed to publish their work.
Over the next couple of months I will review some of these successes.
At least the rules imposed on us have given us time to reflect on how we structure our day.
No more browsing in the stores or lingering over a social drink has led to an increase in time for reading.
I have enjoyed some cozy evenings this week, snuggled up in a fluffy dressing gown with a hot chocolate and a good book.
My good book for this week has been KILLING TIME IN CAMBRIDGE, by group member Philip Cumberland.
This is Philip’s first success in publishing but I’m sure it won’t be his last.
Along with Arnold, a seasoned Detective Chief Inspector based in Cambridge, we are taken on a journey through the mysterious and sometimes treacherous fens.
We meet characters who pose a real threat to Arnold and his loyal team and we are on the edge of our seats as the plot unfolds.
The insight into how a case is investigated is well researched and the twists and turns hold our attention to the last page.
A look into science, forensics and a very strange computer are entwined with the human side of the police force and could there even be a hint of a romance developing?