Haphazard House by Mary Wesley

bookshelves: under-50-ratings, kiddlewinks, play-dramatisation, published-1983, radio-4x, art-forms, summer-2014, britain-england, families, fradio, games-people-play, gambling, amusing, adventure, ghosties-ghoulies, devon

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: R4x
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from July 04 to 22, 2014




Description: When eleven-year-old Lisa Fuller and her younger brother Josh buy a house in the country with their winnings from a horse race, their whole family encounters strange and wonderful chaos in their new home.

Episode 1:Impoverished and desperate, Pa Fuller’s reckless bet and acquisition of a panama hat changes all. Starring James Nickerson.

Episode 2: The Fullers and friends move into their new abode and soon find it a source of joy and ominous mystery.

The Fullers and friends are imperilled and beguiled in equal measure, as well as adrift in time.

‘If you want to get ahead, get a hat’, runs the adage, and in this story runs along with the idea that Papa’s new Panama is magic. This story was long before the Potteresque choosing hat. Charming story. Three hattips.

The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott

bookshelves: summer-2014, classic, re-visit-2014, play-dramatisation, published-1819, under-1000-ratings, fradio, gothic, radio-4, britain-scotland, ghosties-ghoulies

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from January 01, 1976 to June 30, 2014, read count: 2


Less sprawling than most of Scott’s novels, “lean and tragic” (E. M. Forster), but still boasting his characteristic humor and wisdom, The Bride of Lammermoor (1819) brings to vivid life a historical incident from his own family lore and from Scotland’s turbulent past.

Description: Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor.

The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family’s enemy Edgar Ravenswood.

The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries – but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

Music Composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve
Violin and viola – Oliver Langford
Written by Mike Harris
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.


Deep cut water course on the eastern side of the Lammermuir Hills. The area is managed as the East Lammermuir Deans nature reserve.

Having read the greater part of Scott’s works whilst a young girl at the duty visits to Great Granny in Corstorphine, this BBC offers me a chance to wallow in sentimental reminiscing.

This fiscal Romeo and Juliet tale is only really enjoyable if one knows the impact of the Darien scheme on future generations.

The Sensitive: Underground Man by Alastair Jessiman

bookshelves: spring-2014, published-2006, radio-4, play-dramatisation, glasgow, ghosties-ghoulies, britain-ireland

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read on May 12, 2014


Afternoon drama in two parts


Description: In this two part thriller, partly set in Glasgow’s disused underground tunnels, psychic detective Thomas Soutar searches for an ex soldier who may have killed two men. Then Kat, Thomas’s girlfriend, disappears….

Episode 1: Glasgow’s disused underground tunnels are the hunting ground for an injured ex-soldier who threatens to kill three men he holds responsible for cheating him out of an inheritance. When one of the men under threat goes missing, Glasgow psychic, Thomas Soutar, helps police in their search – but Thomas and his girlfriend, Kat, soon find there’s danger much closer to home.

Episode 2: Two men are dead and the police are searching Glasgow’s disused underground tunnels for their prime suspect, an injured ex-soldier. Psychic Thomas Soutar senses that danger is imminent – but the realisation comes too late to prevent his girlfriend, Kat, from disappearing. By Alastair Jessiman.
Thomas……………………….. Robin Laing
Kat……………………………….Julie Duncanson
Brodie…………………………. Simon Donaldson
George…………………………Finlay Welsh
DI Crawford…………………..Stevie Hannan
Paul……………………………. Finlay McLean
WPC…………………………….Sharon Young

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, #2) by Dean Koontz

bookshelves: published-2005, tbr-busting-2014, spring-2014, series, north-americas, boo-scary, ghosties-ghoulies, fantasy

Read from May 09 to 10, 2014

8 hrs 32 mins

Description: We’re all a little odd beneath the surface. He’s the most unlikely hero you’ll ever meet—an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there’s so much more to any of us than meets the eye—and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead—it’s something that just happened. But as the unofficial goodwill ambassador between our world and theirs, he’s got a duty to do the right thing. That’s the way Odd sees it and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death.

A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some living and some not. For in the battle to come, there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. Whether you’re meeting Odd Thomas for the first time or he’s already an old friend, you’ll be led on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror, wonder and delight—to a revelation that can change your life. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.

Having just dumped an early entry (Dragon’s Tears) it is with a sigh of relief to realise that I still love Koontz as a writer because he has adapted to changing times. Us readers have had to do the self same thing.

Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before him. As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an unusually close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God church, where he found his initial musical inspiration.

Datura id beautiful but poisonous

3.5* Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1) (2003)
3.5* Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, #2) (2005)
TR Brother Odd (Odd Thomas, #3) (2006)

2* Phantoms (1976)
3* Icebound (1976)
TR The Vision (1977)
3* Whispers (1980)
TR Darkfall (1984)
3* Strangers (1986)
2* Intensity (1987)
1* Dragon Tears (1988) ABANDONED
3* Mr. Murder (1993)
3* Winter Moon (1993)
3* Tick Tock (1996)
2* By the Light of the Moon (2002)
2* The Face (2003)
4* The Good Guy (2006)
1* The Taking (2007)
3* Black River (2007)
2* The Darkest Evening of the Year (2007)
TR 77 Shadow Street (2011)

2* Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay, #1) (1968)
1* Seize the Night (Moonlight Bay, #2) (1988)

Lady of the Shades by Darren Shan

bookshelves: published-2012, tbr-busting-2014, fraudio, london, mystery-thriller, spring-2014, adventure, betrayal, books-about-books-and-book-shops, bullies, casual-violence, chile, contemporary, execution, gangsters, ghosties-ghoulies, lifestyles-deathstyles, newtome-author, noir, ouch, recreational-homicide, revenge, under-500-ratings, eye-scorcher

Read from March 04 to April 15, 2014


rosado mp3

Description: Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past.
What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.
Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not…

If I had looked closely into the premise of this giftee then it would never have been listened to and what a shame that would have been. A tricksy plotline that forever leaves the reader on the back foot*, coupled with some creditable writing

*although I did suss it out before the end, yet couldn’t wait to see if the right conclusion had been reached. Eye-scorching fun.