A writing mentor?

Thursday, December 18, 2014 Permalink

A few bloggers I follow have already been discussing their New Year’s Resolutions and plans for 2015. I’m not big on resolutions but I sometimes set some goals for the year. I mean naturally I commit every year to losing weight, doing more exercise, earning more money, working less, being less of a bitch and so forth. But, well… I’m talking lofty aspirational stuff. 

Bowel movements & other dinner party conversations

Sunday, December 14, 2014 Permalink

Disclaimer: Don’t worry… I’m not about to launch into great detail about bowel movements and the like. ;-) 

I still remember as a kid, finding it strange my great-aunt used to go on and on (and on) about her bowels moving. Or not. (And mostly not, from memory!) I was appropriately horrified – having grown up believing that one doesn’t discuss money, politics, sex or religion. And bowel movements. Well… except when they do of course.

My favourite novels of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014 Permalink

Everyone’s doing it so naturally I decided I must as well. This list was to be my ten favourite novels of 2014 (given I don’t read non-fiction). However… I actually struggled. I came up with my first six easily. But the remaining four were far more difficult. And in the end I had to stop at eight because those that came after were too close to call.

Book review: Hades

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Permalink

I read Candice Fox’s second book, Eden,  before reading her well-received debut novel Hades.  Everyone I’ve met who’d read Hades RAVES about it. As I’ve mentioned before I’m loath to read Australian crime fiction / mysteries / thrillers so continued to avoid it until the opportunity to preview Eden  presented itself.

Book review: Pop Goes the Weasel

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Permalink

I reviewed MJ Arlidge’s debut novel earlier this year and enjoyed the macabre thriller so was excited to see his next DI Helen Grace instalment available for review.

In Pop Goes the Weasel, Helen’s still reeling from the events of Eeny Meeny  – her sister’s appearance and the death of an esteemed colleague. On top of that she’s got a new boss – Detective Superintendent Ceri Harwood.