John D MacDonald

In my twenties (or was it thirties?) I read many of the American crime/ thriller novels of Ross Macdonald and John D MacDonald. Both authors are highly regarded and I remember much enjoying the books.

Decades later, on one of my occasional clear-outs, I disposed of their books and those of other authors. I remember thinking twice about getting rid of the John D MacDonald books because they had such fabulous covers. Interestingly I’ve started following a blog devoted to his book covers, and it was this that’s motivated me to re-read some of the two authors’ books. I’m sure the image on the right is from the range I had once owned but I can’t find images of the other books in that range.

I’ve only managed to find two ebooks by RM or JDM at my local on-line library. RM’s The Dark Tunnel was one of his early novels – and it shows! Absolutely terrible, though it won’t stop me looking out for his later works. However, JDM’s Nightmare in Pink is a superb read.


Chatham and Rochester, Kent

Chatham Dockyard is a terrific place to visit, and this was my third or fourth visit. However I baulked at the £21 entry fee and decided to abandon the visit. After all, I already had loads of pictures from the previous visits!
After a bus ride to the nearby Rochester, I headed for the huge second-hand bookshop Baggins Book Bazaar, which, with half a million books, claims to be ‘England’s largest second-hand and rare bookshop’. I honestly think it’s possible to get lost in this amazing bookshop!

I bought three novels and was particularly taken by the cover of the New Crimes anthology.

While waiting at Rochester station I took a panoramic picture (multiple shots stitched together) of the track and platform. Note how the straight track has been curved by the panorama. I like the effect even though it might not be a truthful image.