Book review: City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

Monday, February 6, 2017 Permalink

To the best of my knowledge I’ve not previously read a novel by Joanna Trollope. I’ve heard of the popular English author of course, but tend to assume her books wouldn’t be of interest – relegating them to the part of my life I’ve left elsewhere. The time in which I loved and read Maeve Binchy, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Danielle Steel and the like.

So it’s always a surprise when I find myself reading something which seems alien and familiar (and comfortable) at the same time.

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Weekly check-in

Sunday, February 5, 2017 Permalink

Okay, so… the choice is yours: weather news; or no weather news during this intro-chit-chat?

Argh, dammit… here goes. It’s bloody hot. We need rain. My grass is brown. And did I mention it’s been bloody hot?

In related news, I think there’s a career awaiting me as a weather girl. 🙂

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Arbitrary rules and a life worth living

Thursday, February 2, 2017 Permalink

I tend to have weird rules. I mean, don’t we all? Some make sense and stop me drinking champagne for breakfast, but some aren’t quite so logical.

Given my recent contemplation about ‘to-do’ lists and how I spend my time, I’ve been thinking – in particular – about two very arbitrary rules I’ve been living by:
1. No television or DVDs etc during the day
2. No reading during the day

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Book review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Permalink

If Wikipedia can be believed The Girl Before by JP Delaney, is not – in fact – written by JP Delaney as it’s a pseudonym. Googling informs me Delaney is actually Tony Strong, a Ugandan-born UK author, but I really can’t be arsed putting the pieces together and confirming that’s the case. (And yes, my dedication to my craft surprises even me!)

Less surprisingly though, Google also tells me this book is being brought to the screen by director Ron Howard.

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Book review: Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Monday, January 30, 2017 Permalink

The quotes about this book on the cover give readers a clue about what to expect. Indeed, even I found it kinda creepy. And I read a lot of books about psychopaths and serial killers. And lawyers. 🙂

Likening the ‘baddie’ of Rattle to Hannibal Lecter I assumed to be a bit of a marketing ploy, but… there’s a cold clinical psychopathy to the (so called) Bone Collector in Rattle that’s reminiscent to the cunningly smart and seemingly sane consumer of human brains.

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Weekly check-in

Sunday, January 29, 2017 Permalink

I’m making a concerted effort not to open this post with news of the weather here in Australia. So instead I’ll regale you with the fact I’m currently full-to-the-brim with vanilla diet coke and chocolate. Which would be fine, if it wasn’t before 9 o’clock in the morning.

So… now that we’ve gotten the small talk out of the way (which reminds me, who says I’m not good at this frivolous chit chat stuff?!) onto the important things like books, reading and blogging.

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Book review: Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Friday, January 27, 2017 Permalink

I was a latecomer to the work of Australian author Candice Fox and she’d already won several Australian Crime Writers Association (Ned Kelly) awards when I came across her Eden Archer / Frank Bennett series in late 2014. (See my reviews of Hades, Eden and Fall.)

Since Fall’s release in late 2015, Fox has been collaborating with the prolific and high profile James Patterson, co-authoring a novel, Never Never (which has just topped the New York Times Best Seller’s list). The pair also published a novella and (are) currently finalising the second book in the Harriet Blue series.

Obviously not one to rest on her laurels, Fox’s latest solo effort, Crimson Lake, set in Queensland’s far north is also about to be released in the wild… and I think it’s her best work yet.

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