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On a break. Kinda.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink

Howdy readers. I’m having a little break from the blog. There will be the occasional book review, but I may ease up on those as well.

If the idea of life without me feels overwhelming (which I can, of course understand) you can find me on various social media platforms…

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Until then… Mwah! xxx

 

Book review: (Robert B Parker’s) Little White Lies by Ace Atkins

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Permalink

Robert B Parker – most specifically via his Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series – was my go-to author of the last decade or two. Then he died. Tragic, for his family, friends and loved ones. And slightly annoying for his fans. #joking #kinda

However… such was the strength of his Spenser, Jesse Stone and Appaloosa series that his family and publishers found authors to continue those legacies. 

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three-half-stars

Book review: The Fix by David Baldacci

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Permalink

I was exceedingly tempted to leave this review until 2nd May to publish because apparently I posted my review of the first book in the Amos Decker series, Memory Man, on that date in 2015; and the second, The Last Mile on the same day last year.

But, well… what can I say? I’m impatient and couldn’t really be arsed holding off for another week or two.

What I will say however is that I seriously LOVED this book.

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four-half-stars

Book review: Golden Prey by John Sandford

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Permalink

In my pre-book blogging life, one of my go-to authors was John Sandford – particularly his Lucas Davenport (Prey) and Virgil Flowers series.

For some reason Sandford’s novels are never really offered for review and as I tend to have no time for reading anything OTHER than books I get for review, I’ve missed the last book or two in both series.

However, stars and planets aligned and the latest Lucas Davenport novel recently appeared on my request list. Thankfully I’d only missed one novel but was surprised to discover Lucas has left his lone-wolf gig with Minnesota BCA and has now joined the US Marshals!

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four-stars

Book review: Twist by Kylie Scott

Monday, April 10, 2017 Permalink

I was a little surprised when this book arrived. I often receive books I haven’t requested and many are outside of my usual (crime / thriller) reading genre, however Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar series – and her novels in general – are so far outside of my realm of experience (aka comfort zone) they might as well be dystopian fantasy or big L-Literature and written by a dead Russian. Or similar.

However… I decided to give it a try. Expand my reading repertoire if you like. I’ve talked before about the fact I struggle with ‘romance’ and why, but have also read a few romance novels I’ve quite enjoyed. Plus I met Kylie at the Australian Romance Readers Convention I attended in February and she seemed very nice and quite witty.

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three-half-stars

Book review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Friday, April 7, 2017 Permalink

Last year I read Megan Miranda’s ingenious All The Missing Girls. It was cleverly written. Backwards. Like the movie Memento. I very much enjoyed the novel but the logical part of my brain tried to piece everything together chronologically and I was a little concerned it didn’t entirely flow as it should have.

The book – Miranda’s first non young adult novel – was very well received though and her second book has been eagerly awaited.

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four-stars

Book review: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

Monday, April 3, 2017 Permalink

Back in the day… and before the series took a turn for the worse (or jumped the shark as they say in TV-land) I was a fan of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series. I loved the coroner / sleuth combo. It was new at the time, though of course became increasing popular in books and on TV after Dr Scarpetta blazed that trail, leading to the likes of Silent Witness and iZombie. 😉

Although The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea isn’t really about the work of a coroner as such, it’s centred around one and I very much enjoyed the detail / research and expertise Donlea inserted into his plot and characters. 

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four-stars

Book review: Tattletale by Sarah J Naughton

Friday, March 31, 2017 Permalink

I don’t post to Goodreads much. I’m behind in adding my reviews there and I really only use it to track my reading. However, every so often I’ll unload my thoughts via the site’s App as I’m updating my reading, and after just 25 or so pages of Tattletale by Sarah J Naughton, those thoughts weren’t good.

“I’m not sure I can keep going,” I wrote. I didn’t like any of the characters we’d met. In fact I decided they were all revolting. I cared little about them and wondered if that would change. Plus I was a tad confused. However… I had a look at other comments on Goodreads before making a decision and noted a few people said it started slowly but was worth continuing. And I will usually give a book at least 50 pages. So I kept going.

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three-stars