Book review: X by Sue Grafton

Thursday, September 3, 2015 Permalink

Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series are comfort reads for me. They’re a bit like JD Robb’s In Death series, Robert B Parker’s Spenser series and Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury/Melrose Plant series. Opening each book feels like arriving home and being welcomed by old and familiar friends.

Book review: Post Mortem by Kate London

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Permalink

Debut author Kate London joined the Metropolitan Police Service after an early career in theatre. It seems an odd switch and has me kinda intrigued but guess both combine to offer a first-hand knowledge of policing and police procedures; and an ability to stage a scene… something which is awfully handy when writing crime fiction!

Weekly check-in

Saturday, August 29, 2015 Permalink

I hope you’re all impressed because I published a gazillion posts last week and did a bit of reading on the side! Now I just need to get my act together on the freelance writing and income-earning front! 😉

Slow Cooker Success

Friday, August 28, 2015 Permalink

When Hervey Bay nurse and mother of three Paulene Christie started a slow cooker Facebook Group almost three years ago, she had no idea she was creating something that would change her life.

Paulene once viewed cooking as a necessary evil—something she did to feed her family. But that all changed when she got her first slow cooker.

Author interview with Claire Varley – The Bit in Between

Friday, August 28, 2015 Permalink

Today I’m pleased to introduce Claire Varley, whose debut novel hit Australian shelves earlier this month. Check out my review of The Bit in Between, if you missed it earlier in the week.

As Claire has done a few other interviews about the publishing process (particularly around the fact her manuscript was discovered in a slush pile!), I focused on questions about her experience in the Solomon Islands – the setting of her book and a place which (presumably) inspired much of it.

Book review: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Thursday, August 27, 2015 Permalink

There are rare occasions on which I underestimate my abilities. More often than not it’s about how much chocolate I can eat before feeling sick. Or the fact I can avoid seeing the dust build-up in my bathroom for weeks on end. But very occasionally I’m surprised by my attention span when it comes to topics I assume will not be of interest.

Book review: Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Permalink

It’d been a while between Tony Hill / Carol Jordan drinks for me on the book front when Val McDermid’s 9th novel in the series arrived in my letterbox.

I’m a huge fan of the series and was a lover of the TV show based on the series (though vaguely recall losing interest for some reason which now alludes me. Was there a change of characters? Or perhaps it just finished?). Anyhoo… I excitedly tuned in for the latest instalment and was (again) forced to change dinner plans so I could read the book in a night!