Featured Photos February 13, 2024 – Bovey Tracey

Featured Photos February 13, 2024 – Bovey Tracey

The nearby town of Bovey Tracey is often mentioned in the Devonshire Mysteries, so I thought I’d share a few photos to give you an idea of its leafy environs.

Generally shortened to one word, Bovey, and pronounced ‘Buvvy’, the town is an old one and still small, but it is an official town, complete with a mayor. I sometimes mention real-life issues in the books, and you’ll find Alan chuntering about the building of new houses. Bovey is a case in point. Quite a few of the surrounding fields are being turned into housing developments, and it’s not hard to see why. People want to live in a small town on the edge of Dartmoor, and the old houses weren’t built for those demands. Towns need an influx of young people and families to thrive, but if there’s no infrastructure for those people, there will be issues, e.g. with schools, doctors, transport links and so on. And if people jump in their cars and drive to an out-of-town supermarket for their needs, then there’s a chance that they won’t contribute much to the town.

That said, it’s a nice town and there have been lots of improvements. A new library and community hub was built, and an old pub that was almost falling down has been restored and converted into an arts centre that will one day include a small cinema and cafe. I’m looking forward to that.

I offer all this as background information to the books rather than as social commentary, and I hope you enjoy these few photos.

The old mill is a rather fine building, and it now houses a craft centre, gallery and cafe. The items for sale are made by local craftspeople, and it’s interesting to see the furniture, ceramics and so on. There’s a lot of skill on show, and these handmade items are things of beauty.   The V-shape stonework in the foreground is the edge of the bridge I was standing on – it’s a sort of refuge in the centre of the bridge where you can escape from the passing traffic, which is just as well as there’s no pavement on that side.

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Great Reads for under 5 quid on Kobo – February 9-19, 2024

Great Reads for under 5 quid on Kobo – February 9-19, 2024

Kobo are promoting a range of great ebooks that are less than 5 pounds or 5 dollars.

Running from February 9 to 19, the sale includes the Devonshire Mystery, Valley of Lies.

The promotion covers the following region(s): Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

Visit the following link(s) to see the promotion:

Australia: www.kobo.com/au/en/p/february-cheap-reads

Canada: kobo.com/ca/en/list/ebooks-under-5

New Zealand: www.kobo.com/nz/en/p/february-cheap-reads

UK: kobo.com/p/february-cheap-reads-uk

USA: kobo.com/p/february-cheap-reads

Alternatively, go straight to Valley of Lies on Kobo with this special link:

books2read.com/u/mBGOPO?store=kobo&format=EBOOK

I hope you find an ebook bargain that you’ll enjoy reading.

NB All my books are available in Kobo+ so you can read them as part of your subscription. They are also eligible for a the VIP discount if you join Kobo’s VIP scheme.

 

Featured Photos February 9, 2024 – A Run in the Sun

Featured Photos February 9, 2024 – A Run in the Sun

I often run up to the nearby reservoirs of Tottiford, Kennick and Trenchford because I can step out the front door and just start, running from one lane to the next.

It’s pretty much uphill all the way, but it’s good for the legs, and I’m rewarded by lovely views when I get there.

Also, it’s mainly downhill on the return journey, so there’s that.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Bargain Thrillers on Kobo for January 2024

Bargain Thrillers on Kobo for January 2024

Here’s a good way to get some free books on Kobo

Kobo are having a buy-one-get-one-free sale on thrillers.

Running throughout January 2024, the sale includes the Devonshire Mystery, Murder Between the Tides.

Here are the links, and please use the right one for your county or you’ll get an error:

Australia: https://kobo.com/p/jan-thriller-bogo-au

Canada: https://kobo.com/p/jan-thriller-bogo-ca

New Zealand: https://kobo.com/p/jan-thriller-bogo-nz

UK: https://kobo.com/p/jan-thriller-bogo-uk

USA: https://kobo.com/p/jan-thriller-bogo-us

Alternatively, go straight to Murder Between the Tides on Kobo with this special link:

books2read.com/u/ml2KG9?store=kobo&format=EBOOK

I hope you find an ebook bargain that you’ll enjoy reading.

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