• Weekly check-in

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 Permalink

    It’s actually been a pretty fruitful week for a change. I’m not sure I was more diligent than usual but a few reviews I’d written some time ago were scheduled for publication so I’ve been able to fool my readers into thinking I’m vaguely on top of things. When – of course – I’m not. :-)

  • Book review: Brotherhood in Death by JD Robb

    Saturday, February 6, 2016 Permalink

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her mega millionaire hubby Roarke are back in the 42nd (yes, the 42nd!) novel in JD Robb’s In Death series. The fact Robb and our crime fighters are still going strong after 20 years is most certainly a testament to the consistency of Nora Roberts’ writing and her captivating (and slightly addictive)  characters.

    three-half-stars
  • Author interview: All That is Lost Between Us by Sara Foster

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 Permalink

    All That is Lost Between Us by Sara Foster is the fourth novel by English-born Aussie dwelling author. The former book editor now lives in West Australia and is currently studying dystopian fiction as part of her PhD at Curtin University.

    Her latest novel features several themes but I’ve taken the opportunity to talk to her about what I see as the biggie…. motherhood.

    three-half-stars
  • Book review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve struggled with the superlatives I need to describe this novel… one, I must confess, I went into without great enthusiasm. But almost immediately I was drawn into the eccentric world of reclusive author Mimi, her son Frank and their interloper, Alice.

    As it happens, the promo material says it all: captivating, infectious and irresistible. So the only word I can think to add (and one which most certainly comes to mind when considering this novel) is ‘delightful’.

    five-stars
  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, January 31, 2016 Permalink

    I’m writing this a bit early and scheduling it in for Sunday as we’ve had some big storms in my part of the world. They’re calling them ‘super cells’ in the media, but I’m sure they’re nothing like the hurricanes / tornadoes (not to mention earthquakes etc) experienced in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, there have been some power outages and so I’m sticking by that old entertainment industry adage… the show must go on.

  • Book review: Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Orphan X (aka Evan Smoak), is being described by many as ‘the next Jason Bourne or Jack Reacher’. Indeed many of my fave authors are attesting to the fact via quotes of endorsement on the book and / or via author Gregg Hurwitz’s website.

    And—though I’m sometimes cynical about that kind of publicity—I’m relieved to say the accolades are well and truly deserved in this instance.

    four-half-stars
  • Book review: The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

    Friday, January 29, 2016 Permalink

    I’m fairly new to Tami Hoag’s work but enjoyed her last novel Cold Cold Heart, published in January 2015.

    I hadn’t realised her latest, The Bitter Season, was part of a series but thankfully it made no difference and I was able to enjoy the book without knowing the characters’ histories. In fact she does a great job, adding context with minimal detail so readers don’t feel they’ve missed out and don’t have to endure four books worth of backstories.

    four-stars