Book Review : Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton

 A devilishly ingenious conspiracy


When Sir Wilfred Saxonby is found shot dead in a first-class compartment of the 5 p.m. train from London’s Cannon Street to Stourford, the police initially feel it is suicide committed when the train passed through a tunnel. Further investigation by Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard, with the help of his friend, Desmond Merrion, an amateur in criminology, reveal a plot of mind-boggling conspiracy. Thus a murder investigation begins.

This story focuses primarily on how the crime was committed to find the culprit. The theories are formulated by Merrion for Arnold to follow up.

It’s like one of those double-barrelled equations, when as soon as you know the value of x, you can find the value of y, and vice versa.

Using this postulation of x and y and with the assumption of suspects A and B, the genius of a plot unfolds.

This book was originally published in 1936, in the era of Agatha Christie. Miles Burton is one of the pseudonyms used by Cecil John Street(1884-1965). If you are a Christie fan, you will find the writing of Street much different. This book does not delve into the human psyche to understand the characters’ motivation. It digs into creating a hypothesis to reconstruct the sequence of events that may have supposedly occurred eventually leading to the death of Sir Saxonby, to find the culprits. If you know how it was done, then its easy to find who could have done it by gathering relevant evidence. The book consists of long narrations in the form of the thoughts of the two investigators where they try to figure out the rigmarole of the conspiracy. Devising a theory and finding the evidence to support it, is the mechanism used by them. Readers are transported back in times of steam engines and telegrams. If you are a fan of detective fiction, this British Library Crime Classic is a must read.

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10 Blog Post Ideas

Shilpa Niraj

I have been asked by many people lately to share a few ideas as to what exactly can a new blogger blog about if they wish to start a blog. The most difficult question they seem to face is to find a theme for a blog. By theme, I do not mean the appearance of the blog. To come up with new posts regularly, one needs a theme to be consistent in the topic selection for each post. Here are some ideas that can help form a consistent source of blog posts.

10 blog post ideas:

  •  Reviews

Write stellar reviews for any or all of the following:

* Book

* Movie

* Restaurant

  • Fiction

Posting fiction can be a great way to display our work as a writer’s portfolio. We can choose any or all of the following:

* Short Story

* Flash Fiction (not more than 1000 words)

* Drabble (100 words)

  • Poetry

Choose a favorite form of poetry to make a blog post:

* Limerick (5 lines)

* Octaves (8 lines)

* Free Verse

  • Lists

Compile a list of top 10, 20, 50 things about a specific topic that would be useful the the readers.

  • Photo posts

A picture could be better than words, choose any of the following to make a blog post:

* Photo of the day

* Photo of the week

* Photo story

  • Inspiring quotes

Share some motivational and inspiring quotes on a particular topic in the form of a blog post.

  • Recipes

This is a great way to display our culinary skills to the world.

  • Travelogue

Travel experiences can make a wonderful blog post with some fantastic pictures of the destinations we have been to.

  • How to

DIY posts can be a great help to people.

  • Interviews

Posting interviews of people from our field or genre of work is a great way to connect with them and get more traffic to the blog.


Each idea can be a niche theme of the blog or a few ideas can be clubbed together to form categories for the menu options. This can help to create a platform to showcase the expertise of the blogger and also serve as a portfolio of work.


Limerick Challenge Week #12 – Dream

Week #12 Prompt – Dream


Hold on to what you believe,

For you are what you perceive.

Eyes agleam

With a splendid dream.

She knew there’s yet a lot to achieve.


To participate in the Limerick Poetry Challenge, visit the blog- Mind and Life Matters.


Limerick Challenge Week #11 – Power


Hello friends,

Here’s my entry to the Limerick Challenge this week.

Week #11 Prompt: Power


In this dire need of the hour,

Seek solace from the divine power.

To absolve the sin,

Said a voice within,

Surrender yourself to the holy bower.



To participate in this challenge, visit Mind and Life Matters.


On my shelf in March 2016


“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway


My stack of cozy mysteries for March 2016



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Limerick Challenge Week #5 – Pain


Here comes my Limerick for Week #5.

Week #5 prompt: Pain


Even water can cut through the rock.

Success is just around the block.

There is no gain

Without some pain.

Don’t just wait for the destiny to knock.



Thank you Rashmi for hosting the Limerick Contest. I love it.

On my shelf in February 2016


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons


My stack of cozy mysteries for February 2016



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Thank you!




Flash Fiction: Yes, I do!

The heavy wooden door creaked as her delicate hands pushed it open.

Alice crept back into the room. It was kept locked for years. Five years to be precise. The air was dry and musky. She wondered how it would feel to live in this room. The household help of the mansion were wary of going near the locked door. She heard them murmur to each other about the haunted room. The maids were tight-lipped around her and no one opened up to her in the last two years. She felt like a queen trapped in a haunted house. Trevor always clammed up at the mere mention of his dead wife, Mary.

Her eyes adjusted to the darkness in a few moments. Moonlight streaked through glass panes of the dimly lit room. It was huge with a king-size bed at the center. Alice tiptoed towards the dressing table across the room. There she saw the gleaming diamond stud earrings she had set her heart on. This was not the first time she had sneaked in. Her heart fluttered with a mixture of fear and excitement. With trembling fingers she reached out for the huge sparkling diamonds.

“I hope you don’t mind, Mary,” she whispered.

“Yes, I do!” A hand burst through the mirror of the dresser, grabbing her wrist.


Damn my dream, she thought as she woke up drenched in sweat. Trevor was sleeping peacefully besides her.



© 2016 Shilpa Niraj, All rights reserved.

Limerick Challenge Week #4 – Mist


Hello Readers,

After a rejuvenating trip to Goa, I am back to Femme Time with a Limerick.

This is my Limerick for the week #4 challenge :

Week #4 prompt: Mist

The feeble heart had its own woe,

But it still yearns for you to know

That I broke the ties

With mist in my eyes.

It was hard, my dear, to let you go.


To participate, check out the Limerick Challenge hosted by Rashmi on Mind and Life Matters blog.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


The year 2016 has started on a good note. Winning the Limerick Contest twice in a row along with a Six Word Story contest is very encouraging. So receiving the Blogger Recognition Award and Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award has been a pleasure indeed.

Thank you Ashmita for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

The Rules that need to be followed for the award are here:

  1. Provide the link to the person who nominated you.
  2. Add the reward logo.
  3. Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
  4. Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know via comments.
  5. Ask your nominees 10 questions.

So now here are my answers to Ashmita’s questions:

What is your favorite thing to do for yourself?

Read and think. Sorry I can’t seem to decide the order of preference so I mentioned both of my favorite things to do.

If you could only watch one children’s program for the rest of your life what would it be?

Tom & Jerry, anytime.

How do you decide what topic to blog on?

There is no particular pattern in choosing the blog topic. Since I have certain fixed categories that I use as my writing platform, whatever inspires me on a particular day features as a blog post.

What’s your favorite post on your blog?

My poem dedicated to my father, My Guardian Angel.

What do you do to make this world better place?

I am too small an entity to make a big change in the world to make it a better place. But in my own way I do a few things like spreading the word about various causes in my community.  I also donate used clothing to homeless shelters and support a few fundraising events by volunteering.

What is your favorite Movie?

A Hindi film, “Queen”.

Instagram or Facebook?


What is the one thing you would want to achieve in 2016?

Oh, I would love to publish my own book in 2016. Fingers crossed.

What was the last blog you looked at?

Tiny Buddha

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Nothing.  I love and accept myself the way I am.


Now, I would like to nominate seven fellow bloggers for this award:

  1. Kritika Sharma
  2. Dainty Damsel
  3. Jahnavi Chintakunta
  4. Surbhi Sarna
  5. A Culinary World
  6. Rheas Image
  7. Meenas Poems


Following are my 10 questions for the seven nominees:

  • What is your reason to join the blogosphere?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • Facebook or Twitter?
  • Name a location you would love to visit.
  • Whose life story inspired you the most?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • If you were to ask for a wish just for yourself, what would it be?
  • You can do anything you want for 3 hours, what would you do?
  • Name the movie you’ve enjoyed watching.
  • How would you describe yourself in just three words?

Let us spread the sisterhood bond across the blogosphere. Keep writing and keep blogging.





Blogger Recognition Award


A special thank you to The Virtual Café for nominating me for Blogger Recognition Award. I love reading the café encounters.

I am super glad to receive this award for the first time.


Here are the rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator.

Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.

Rule4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.

Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.

Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them you have nominated them.


How I started my blog: 

I tried blogging several times and ended up deleting the blogs, as they seemed to have no specific purpose till the time I thought of taking up my passion and love for writing seriously. Every thing around us can be a source of inspiration if we look at it closely enough and strive for that little “Something More” in life. That’s how Femme Time initiated.


Advice to new bloggers:

Write with a specific purpose in mind else we tend to lose focus after sometime if we keep it too random.


My nominees:

Masta Mejwani

Chaotic Soul

Persona Marque

Nerds Akhi

Meenas Poem


Surbhi Sarna

Her concealed thoughts

Rhea’s Image


Neel The Muse

Book Owl


Happy blogging to all my fellow bloggers.



On my shelf in January 2016

Happy New Year 

Wishing all my readers a fantastic 2016. There’s a lot more to read and a lot more to write. So starting off my first post of 2016 with my To-Be-Read pile.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison


My stack of cozy mysteries for January 2016



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