Review: Alex Connor’s thrillers; from ‘The Rembrandt Secret’ to ‘The Caravaggio Conspiracy’

Alex Connor, The Rembrandt Secret (Quercus, 2011), ISBN 978-1849163460; Alex Connor, Legacy of Blood (Quercus, 2012), ISBN 978-1849163620; Alex Connor, Memory of Bones (Quercus, 2012), ISBN 978-0857389626; Alex Connor, Isle of the Dead (Quercus, 2013), ISBN 978-0857389640; Alex Connor, The Caravaggio Conspiracy (Quercus, 2014), ISBN 978-1782065043) What prompted me to read these books was a bit of crowd sourcing I did when I first thought…

Cliffe Castle- #wanderthoresby goes really long….

Regular readers of this blog will know of my ongoing research intersts in stately homes and country houses, and especially their fortunes post-World War II. I have also previously written of my particular interest in Thoresby Hall and its occupants, the Earls of Manvers, and espoecially the last Countess Manvers, Marie-Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont, an accomplished…

A glimpse inside Calke Abbey

This year, Calke Abbey celebrates 25 years as a National Trust property, and in all this time, it has remained a rather unusual addition to the National Trust’s portfolio. Basically, where most National Trust properties are frozen in time, for the vast majority of them, this snapshot we see so carefully preserved will showcase a…