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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Pay Day, Lunch at the beach and a visit to see friends. A great day!


Yes, today was a GREAT DAY!

Clem went and had a couple of hours at the auction house while I caught up with some admin on the home pc, paid a few poker players and checked some emails on my works laptop…

Ok, nothing too “great” in that I hear you say….

But, today was Pay Day. The 10th of any month is always a good day!

Not only that, Clem decided as it was such a nice day when he returned that we should go and have lunch at the beach – so off we headed to Curium/Kourion beach. We went to our favourite beach restaurant “Kourion Beach Restaurant”. Well what else could it be called?

We split a large cold Keo while we decided on the menu. I went for a halloumi and lountza toasted sandwich but Clem being Clem who is always hungry, plumped for a mixed kebab with chips, salad and pitta :-D

Meanwhile until the food arrived, out came Amelia Peabody (one of the Egyptian murder mystery series) paperback book and the Istanbul Puzzle on my Kindle.

Yep, it was a GREAT DAY! People were in the sea, a couple at the side of us were in swimwear while we were in jeans, t-shirt and trainers. Photos were definitely on the menu…..

Eventually, when we were fed and watered (a bottle of water to wake us up) we managed to drag ourselves from our beachfront position and make our way back to the double cab and headed off to see our friends Helen & Dave for a catch up. We hadn’t seen them since before we went on holiday to Malta so it was good to see them both.

Even Ruby the rottweiler had a GREAT DAY too!

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