Book review: Time of Death by Mark Billingham

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Goodreads calls this book Tom Thorne #13, which my finely-tuned skills of deduction lead me to believe is the 13th in this series. Which subsequently stops me in my tracks to wonder if I live under a bloody rock?! I ‘think’ I’ve heard of Billingham, indeed I readily requested this book for review; but how I have wandered this earth, reading endless police procedurals, crime fiction, suspense novels and thrillers without reading a previous book featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne?!

Weekly check-in

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I’ve been sick this past week so spent much of it wallowing and sharing self-pity-ridden updates on social media. It’s still flown by nonetheless so already time to check in on my reading and blogging.

Book review: Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale

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While I’m not a fan of historical fiction, I appreciate multi-timeframe novels which delve into deep dark past secrets. I enjoy Kate Morton’s work (for example) and her books usually deliver on that front. In addition to the promise of buried mysteries, I’ve recently become interested in events in Australia surrounding WWI so was keen to read more about that time from history-lover and researcher Julian Leatherdale in his debut novel Palace of Tears.

Cats and dogs

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I have a friend who has always argued that people are either cat-people or dog-people. Or neither. But never both.

I’ve always assumed they were full of shit, but have been pondering on that lately as I overheard a conversation between two people about the relative merits of cats vs dogs. They were the usual things… you can do stuff with dogs; cats are more affectionate etc etc. 

Weekly check-in

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That time of the week again—time to share my weekly reading and chat about life in general. I should also mention… life as a book blogger (even when it’s just a hobby) can be a bit lonely, so I enjoy participating in these weekly link-ups and appreciate the opportunity to engage with other equally obsessive like minded book bloggers.

Book review: The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

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San Francisco homicide detective, Valerie Hart is on the hunt for a serial killer who abducts, rapes and tortures his victims before arranging them with seemingly random objects. Valerie gets too involved with her cases and feels too much for the victims; which means she’s teetering on the edge. Desperate to solve this case, she’s also busy staving off the FBI’s interference and contemplating reuniting with a former boyfriend she pushed away in the past.

Trello – a simple planning and project management tool

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Shock horror, I’m blogging about something sensible for a change. And as it’s Wednesday I’ll attempt to make it wordless as well. Although in my liaison with a newspaper editor last week (when my first ever pitch went to print!!!!!) I mentioned that I was from the Jane Austen school of writing and rarely used 10 words when 100 would do. 

Book review: Baby It’s You by Joanne Tracey

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I opened this book nervously. I’m not usually a chick lit fan and have struggled with the genre in the past. And… I think of the author—Joanne (Jo) Tracey—as a virtual friend and kindred spirit. We haven’t met but I’m a fan of her blog(s) and she seems like someone I’d really like in real life.

However, I needn’t have been worried as I LOVED her debut book, Baby It’s You