• Weekly check-in

    Saturday, November 21, 2015 Permalink

    Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives…. though only if those sands are on steroids cos the year continues to fly by and I keep hearing reports that people are already prepared for Christmas. #bahhumbug

    I intend to remain in denial for as long as possible. (And yes, I realise that means avoiding stores, television and people in general!)

    Thankfully I’ve been keeping busy on the book front…

  • Book review: Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Permalink

    A lot of US bloggers share pics and reviews of what they call ‘cozy’ mysteries. I don’t fully understand the concept, but they seem to all feature illustrated / cartoon-like covers and appear kinda quaint.

    I assume they’re a bit like my ‘comfort’ reads—easy reads that I know I can rely on to entertain me for a few hours with minimal macabre hangovers after you’ve turned the last page. A bit like watching Murder She Wrote, as opposed to Criminal Minds.

  • Book review: All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

    Monday, November 16, 2015 Permalink

    When I reviewed the first in this new series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke I commented that I once very much enjoyed the former’s books and had (in more recent years) become a huge fan of the latter. As for the two combined…. what’s that saying about money you can take to the bank? #orsomething

    I enjoyed their first joint venture, The Cinderella Murder, but think this latest, All Dressed in White, is actually better.

  • Weekly check in

    Saturday, November 14, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve ditched my original intro. It was something inane about time flying and wondering when the fun starts. It hardly seems to matter at the moment, as I continue to (both) obsessively read and / or steadfastly avoid the reports coming out of Paris.

    I said on my Debbish FB page I don’t quite know how to feel or what to do. Doing nothing is hard. Many of us are tired of feeling impotent.

    And yet… life goes on. For the lucky ones.

  • Book review: The Guilty by David Baldacci

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Permalink

    In all honesty I have no idea at all if I’ve read any of the Will Robie series by David Baldacci. In fact, I didn’t know it was a series until I discovered my latest arrival, The Guilty, was number four.

    I inwardly groaned and hoped I didn’t struggle with the book given my lack of backstory…. or get bored to tears with too much provided.

    However, I could rest easy as Baldacci popped in a little backstory but also wrote to me… ahem… us, explaining that he was taking his character off-course to deal with some unresolved family issues.

  • Weekly check in

    Sunday, November 8, 2015 Permalink

    Just for something completely different I’ve been a bit all over the place this week. And yes… that was sarcasm.

    God only knows what my problem is because I keep putting things aside until I feel like I can deal with them which ends up requiring me to spend 3hrs responding to / reading and deleting emails on a Friday morning. Some of the emails were two months old and from publishers with their new release listings.