Monday, March 9, 2020

Constable on the Hill

Constable on the Hill is the first book of the Constable series by Nicholas Rhea which inspired the perennial favorite TV program Heartbeat. Due out 14th March 2020 from Joffe Books, this edition is 176 pages and will be available in ebook format. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

These books are a gently written and nostalgic look at village living and the life of a village policeman in Yorkshire in the last half of the 20th century. The writing is solidly comfortable and the themes bucolic and (mostly) charming. It's the book equivalent of comfort food: warm, filling, and familiar. The author's love for the people and places he writes about shine through in the narrative. It will appeal to fans of James Herriot, or the Fairacre books by Miss Read.

Four stars. It's wonderful to see these genuinely entertaining books reformatted and re-released for a new generation of readers.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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