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MOUR HERE 59 Book Review


ied and Gone to Devon by T.P Fielden and published by HQ is the latest addition to the ‘Miss


Dimont’ Series. This is vintage crime set in 1959 in the fictional town of Temple Regis in Devon. The seaside resort is thrown into turmoil by the discovery of the body of political candidate, Odile Clifford, abandoned in the lighthouse. Ace-reporter turned amateur sleuth Judy Dimont is tasked with solving this and a couple of other


by Emma Jones


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The author uncovers the extraordinary secrets of 24


small creatures, such as barnacles, jellyfish and weever fish who survive in the tidal zones of the beach. The book is brimming with enthusiasm whilst revealing the wonders of the seaside world in an engaging way and with a personal touch - not too dry (excuse the pun!) or academic but filled with thoroughly accessible information about limpets, sea squirts and gobies.


murders in this classic style whodunnit filled with plenty of nostalgia and humour. If you’re looking for something a little meatier and


more contemporary why not try the first in a new series from the bestselling creator of Vera and Shetland, Ann Cleeves. The Long Call (published by Two Rivers) introduces new crimefighter, Matthew Venn based in the North Devon countryside who is called to investigate a corpse discovered on a nearby beach. The book is full of complex plotting, detailed characters with an atmospheric backdrop full of local Devon colour. Biographies fill the shelves at this time of year and


the royal family continues to intrigue the world. Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown is a “candid, witty and stylish memoir” (FT), written by Lady Glenconner who was lady in waiting to Princess Margaret for 30 years. With over 8 decades of experience and her own fair share of tragedy this memoir paints an honest picture of a life of privilege. Having been close to the Royal Family since childhood and married to an eccentric husband (who ‘discovered’ the island of Mustique) the book is full of jaw-dropping stories. But behind the wealth of anecdotes is the very real story of a doyenne of patience, endurance and loyalty who was a true friend to Princess Margaret. Rock Pool by Heather Buttivant (September


Publishing) is a perfect present for the sea lovers and naturalists in the family. Subtitled “Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides – A lifelong fascination told in 24 Creatures” this is a nature book written by a scientist who is both an avid seaside enthusiast, a talented writer and creator of the award winning blog cornishrockpools. com


“There’s something about rock pooling. It’s a window on the underwater world. It’s the freedom of wandering between the blue sky and sparkling sea, never knowing what you will find. It’s a joy every child should experience, and that every adult should rediscover.” And finally for a bit of light-hearted poetry dedicated to


man’s best friend. Sit is published by Unicorn and written by Totnes based poet, Matt Harvey and illustrator, Claudia Schmid. It is both an affectionate and well- observed study of dogs and humans and a celebration of their strange, satisfying relationship. “Funny, touching, quirky and a bit weird – this book will appeal to all these sorts of people.”


their own book. “The Icing on the Cake”, is a children’s story by Jude Brooks. It’s the school summer holidays at The Icing on the Cake baking boarding school in Devon. Little do the group of children know that other adventures are afoot apart from baking.Events are narrated by Ruby, uncertain of her parents’ whereabouts. Tess isn’t only there to bake. Fashionista Kate’s escaping her ever-growing family and serious baker and Francophile, Lucie dreams of having a Pâtisserie in Paris and longs to win the Special Project baking competition.With baking and foodie details aplenty and recipes for readers to try, “The Icing” is a must for keen readers who love baking and adventures. Copies available from Dartmouth Community Bookshop or email Jude.Brooks71@gmail.com


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nother By The Dart reader has recently self-published


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