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The Passion Killers, Fifteen Murders in Hot blood

Reading murder stories is just another of my hobbies. I read my first murder story at the age of 15, though I cannot remember the title of the book. It was about a crime passionnel. Since that age, I have been intrigued by murder stories, may it be a real life story or fiction. I try to figure out who did it before I finish reading the book. It is not easy at the beginning. However, with time you will realise you get better with it. Same goes for movies. You can’t help but smile at the end of the movie, telling yourself “I knew it!”

 

The existence of a motive for murder does not explain murder.

 

With this in mind, I finished reading a wonderful book by Georgina Lloyd for the 20th time (!):

The Passion Killers, Fifteen Murders in Hot blood

Here is what the back cover says:

In this bizarre collection, established crime-writer Georgina Lloyd has compiled fifteen terrifying true tales of men and women who were driven to kill by their uncontrollable passion.

Here, amon others, we have the mild-mannered Dr Crippen and his mistress, apprehended via that famous telegraphic message to Scotland Yard from a ship in mid-Atlantic; Charlotte Bryant, the illiterate Irishwoman who poisoned her husband for love of a gypsy; and Alma Rattendbury, whose husband was murdered by her lover – their teenage chauffeur.

Georgina Lloyed reveals in each macabre account the forces that drove ordinary sane citizens to commit crimes passionnels.

The title says it all – the book includes fifteen murder stories, all of them crimes passionnels:

  1. Paris Green – William Waite (1969)
  2. A Constable Named Sherlock – The Red Mini Murder (1967)
  3. Passion vs Promotion – James Ronald Robertson (1950)
  4. Take a Letter, Miss Smith – Madeleine Smith (1857)
  5. The Triangle of Death – Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters (1922)
  6. The Cyclops Eye – Dr Buck Ruxton (1935)
  7. Passion at the Villa Madeira – Alma Rattenbuy and George Stoner (1935)
  8. Tinker, Taylor, Soldier… – Marcus Marymont (1958)
  9. The Suicide that Wasn’t – Frederick Emmet-Dunne (1953)
  10. A Deadly Bedside Manner – Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen (1910)
  11. For Love of a Gypsy – Charlotte Bryant (1935)
  12. The Fatal Blow – Bertie Manton (1942)
  13. The Chalkpit Murder – Thomas Ley and Lawrenc Smith (1946)
  14. Dear John… – Leslie George Stone (1936)
  15. The Wigwam Girl – August Sangret (1942)

Although I know Georgina Lloyd has some completed other very interesting works (based on the titles), I have not had a chance to read any of them. I would love to some time. But please, if you are passionate about this type of literature, do not hesitate to purchase this great book. And HAPPY READING.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | murder stories | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter in Mauritius

Mauritius has a tropical climate. There are only two seasons here – summer and winter. Summer is from November to April and winter is from May to October.

Walking through crunchy leaves which are turning into glorious shades of red and gold – isnt’t it spirit-lifting? I believe it’s due partly to the fabulous shades of the leaves. All the colours of winter (autumn, or fall) are warm, cheerful tones, and they help lift depression and cheer one up.

These colours bring to mind lots of images – the flames in a real log fire, thoughts of warmer weather and peaches and cream. Many subtle blends of these colourings work well together and they can be amongst the prettiest of flower arrangements.

The range of flowers, fresh and otherwise, available in these peachy tones is maybe not quite as large as that of other shades, such as pink or yellow, however there exists loads from which to choose. A vase contaning nothing but leaves, in various shades of red, gold and green, would look wonderful, the only disadvantage being the speed with which they sometimes drop. Glycerined leaves are very pretty as well, especially beech leaves, which turn a marvellous coppery colour. Berries, leaves and other seasonal offerings can make a splendid collection in a casual setting.

So, next winter, don’t forget to collect the pretty leaves and make a beautiful arrangement.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Plants, flowers, nature and gardening | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Motive for murder

What is the motive for the murder?

It’s emotionally unsatisfying not to have the answer, not to know the entire narrative of what happened.

(Someone was watching)

January 30, 2012 Posted by | Crime & courts | , , , | 1 Comment

Impact of flowers

If there is one thing that has a great impact on  us it’s definitely flowers. Yes, Flowers. Don’t we all love flowers? The easiest way to cheer up a grey day is by buying a bunch of flowers. You think your house is dull? Why not cheer it up with a beautiful flower arrangement? Flowers inside a house is like bringing the garden inside – which is an old tradition playing a very very important role in home decoration.

Even if almost any mix or combination of flowers is just lovely, may it be wild or from the garden, the impact which this has can be even greater if these flowers are chosen in a careful way based on their colour and shape and style.

It is obvious that growing flowers in the garden, if you do have one, is a cheap way of obtaining flowers for your home. However, fresh flowers are readily available today, they are sold almost everywhere.

Silk flowers, dried flowers are bought easily from department stores and shops, not to forget the florists’.

I personally don’t like wild flowers in the house. Oh, I do love them. They are so, so, so beautiful. They should be enjoyed  when we visit the countryside. This is their place, this is where they look best. Let us just leave them there for the next flower lover to enjoy.

January 28, 2012 Posted by | Plants, flowers, nature and gardening | , , , , , | 3 Comments

My passions… in my own words

My passions. Anyone who knows me knows about my passions – or at least a few of ’em.

They range from crime & courts, murder stories/movies, plants/flowers/nature and gardening to books (again books relating to murder stories, crime & courts) and my dog. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to talk about other things. You might indeed be surprised.

Anyway, here is the home page of this blog. I hope to be able to write regularly and passionately. I would of course love to hear what you have to say about my posts; I therefore invite you to send your comments here and your pictures by email. You can write in English, French or Creole.

January 27, 2012 Posted by | Home | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment