Cyprus Life – in pictures

My new life in Cyprus in images and words. I'm a British 50 something female, originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) and came to live in Limassol, Cyprus in March 2004. This is my photo blog about my new life as an expat on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Plus other things which catch my attention every once in a while…. Enjoy!


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Review: The Istanbul Puzzle. by Laurence O’Bryan


The Istanbul Puzzle. by Laurence O'Bryan
The Istanbul Puzzle. by Laurence O’Bryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reading the Kindle edition but can’t find the version on here yet.

A great start with an unusual murder.

I agree with some other comments that this novel is a more plausible story than the Da Vinci Code, which I hated and couldn’t wait to get to the end of. The film was even worse than the book!

At the moment Sean Ryan has been escorted to the tarmac by two F-35′s into Irag while he tries to find out where his dead colleague Alex managed to take some photos of an unknown mosaic. Only for the Orthodox priest who gave him some information to be blasted from the road journey out by an IED.

And that’s about as far as I’ve got…. So we’re embroiled between London, Istanbul and Iraq with a little assistance from the British Consulate.

Watch this space for more on this book.

So, I did finally finish the book and have only gotten around to writing my review today. That’s really bad I know. Ooops!

What did I think in the end?

As said earlier it was an excellent opening and for the squeamish types maybe this isn’t the book for you if you don’t want to know about warm blood running all over the place!

The story was good although I did find it a bit jumpy going backwards and forwards between London and Istanbul. Not quite sure about the Iraq part being brought into it if only to bring the book to the up to date market?

However, I enjoyed the way it was written especially with the descriptions in and around Istanbul, which is still on my bucket list of places to visit one day. I did feel it ended a bit too quickly though once everything came to a conclusion but I would read another by the same author, just to check it wasn’t a flash in the pan.

Still better than the Da Vince Code for me!

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Review: The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan


The Istanbul Puzzle. by Laurence O'Bryan
The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m currently reading the Kindle edition but can’t find the relevant version on My Goodreads just yet.

A great start with an unusual murder. Even better when this was a FREE download via Twitter feed :-)

I agree with some other comments that this novel is a more plausible story than the Da Vinci Code, which I hated and couldn’t wait to get to the end of. The film was even worse than the book!

At the moment Sean Ryan has been escorted to the tarmac by two F-35′s into Irag while he tries to find out where his dead colleague Alex managed to take some photos of an unknown mosaic. Only for the Orthodox priest who gave him some information to be blasted from the road journey out by an IED.

And that’s about as far as I’ve got…. So we’re embroiled between London, Istanbul and Iraq with a little assistance from the British Consulate.

Watch this space for more on this book.

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The only way to shop – without leaving the house!


I do so hate shopping!

Any kind of shopping really, except maybe when we’re haggling for stuff that’s caught our eye in the streets and bazaars of Egypt ;-)

Then shopping becomes fun for a while but even that gets kind of tiring and frustrating after a bit – so you have to spread your shopping days out when you’re in Egypt… Little and often, is the way.

Anyway, back to the reason for this post!

This is my kind of shopping. Shopping online – it’s so much fun and it doesn’t feel like shopping at all. Paying for it is quite painless too :-D

So for my shopping today, I was browsing my twitter account @CyprusPictures and the Amazon Daily Deals tweet popped up there. It wasn’t a book I particularly fancied but I clicked anyway and then had a mooch around in the Kindle Store for a couple of authors I like.

I was really looking for some Amelia Peabody novels for my Kindle but I didn’t like the prices. Both me and my husband are reading this set of Egyptian themed novels by Elizabeth Peters and given our love of Egypt, we’re enjoying them immensely.

So, if I could have found some versions for Kindle in a cheaper version than picking up the paperback novels from Amazon or Play.com then of course, I would have clicked “that” button. But it wasn’t to be – today…..

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

Instead, I’ve taken the first M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin series) and The Quiche of Death and I’ve finally succumbed and purchased The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan. I didn’t enjoy the Da Vinci Code but I’ve been informed this novel is supposed to be a much more plausible a story.  We shall see….

“A brutal murder. An ancient temple. A long-lost treasure. Buried deep under Istanbul, a secret is about to resurface with explosive consequences…
Sean Ryan arrives in the ancient city to identify the body of his friend and colleague Alek Zegliwski. Alek has been savagely beheaded, his body discovered near the sacred archaeological sit of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul….”

I’m slowly but surely, stocking up on my Kindle eBooks ready for my long hot summer in Cyprus :-)

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