Reviews and Blog Posts: Wales

The Country and the Gritty: Provincial British Crime Dramas

The English countryside. Pictured: sheep. Not pictured: games afoot.

On the spectrum of British mysteries, there are two extremes that spring immediately to mind. On the one end is the amateur sleuth cracking the case against a deceptively quaint backdrop—think Miss Marple's St. Mary Mead. On the other of the spectrum is the jaded Scotland Yard vet trying to solve London's grittiest crimes, of which Prime Suspect's Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennyson is the prime example.

Love story, with murders : a novel

by Harry Bingham

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This follow up to Talking to the Dead finds Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths dealing with two murders that may be related, negotiating her relationship with her father's illegal activities, and becoming more curious about her own past. The mysteries and connections in the investigation are interesting, and I will...

Talking to the dead : a novel

by Harry Bingham

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The first novel in a series focusing on Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, this is both a good procedural mystery and an interesting character study. Prostitutes are being murdered, and DC Griffiths is the only one who sees the connection between them a shipping millionaire who died in a plane...

England, Great Britain, United Kingdom: What's the Difference?

Map of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

Sometimes you find answers in unexpected places. I found the most succinct description I've ever seen of how England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom relate to each other in a library newsletter about travel guidebooks:

London is the capital of England.

England is a country.

Britain is an area that consists of England and the country of Wales.

  • Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.
  • The United Kingdom (UK) is a country that is a union of the countries on the island of Great Britain, along with the country of Northern Ireland (which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.)
  • [The Republic of Ireland is] a separate country that is not part of the UK.
  • London is also the capital of the UK.

The wicked and the just

by Jillian Anderson Coats

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Cecily is convinced her father has ruined her life when he tells her they are moving to Wales. Like many English, Cecily fears being murdered in the streets by the Welsh, who she believes are savage and violent. Her fears are not entirely unfounded; in 1293 Wales was a tumultuous...

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