Old dog, new tricks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Permalink 0

I just spent an extended weekend in Brisbane, my State’s capital and before my sea change, my own hometown. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been surprised at my antipathy to visiting since my departure almost two years ago. Indeed, my only two visits in the last year have been for birthday celebrations – my (MUCH OLDER!) brother’s 50th in March and this past weekend for my niece’s 18th.

Both sets of grandparents and yours truly were invited to share a family celebration and when I asked my niece what was planned I almost fainted with joy.

Book review: Elizabeth is Missing

Monday, August 18, 2014 Permalink 0

I finished Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing a week ago and have struggled with its review ever since. Not because I wondered how to politely ‘diss’ the book; but because I loved it so much I want this review to do it justice.

Maud Horsham is 82 years of age and although she knows there’s something she has to remember about Elizabeth, she can only remember that her friend is missing. Seemingly obsessed with Elizabeth’s disappearance Maud tries to raise her concerns with her family and even the police, but no one takes her seriously, leaving her no option but to uncover the truth for herself.

It’s Monday – what are you reading?

Monday, August 18, 2014 Permalink 0

I’m only just starting to get serious about book blogging. I’ve always been serious about reading and fairly serious about blogging (as much as someone with a sarcastic self-deprecating bent can be!) but I’m increasingly combining the two.

2a1It means I’ve been looking for new book review / book blogging sites to follow. I already follow about 100 sites so am trying to cull rather than add more to my Feedly reader! (Suggestions welcome!)

Book review: The Hidden Girl

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Permalink 0

Hannah’s given up a fulfilling and fast-paced career to move to the Suffolk countryside with husband Will to start a new life – and hopefully a family.

Keen to turn the abandoned and dilapidated Tornley Manor into a welcoming home, Hannah draws up a rigid redecorating schedule; however, when Will gets stuck in the city, Hannah’s left to progress things on her own.

Five fabulously funny memes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Permalink 0

I wrote and scheduled this post a few days ago and wondered whether to pull it in light of Robin Williams’ passing… but as someone who also knows what it’s like to find solace under the covers, I figured a laugh would do me / us good.

Deborah xx

I’m really trying to go Wordless this Wednesday – for a change - so I’m sharing some of my fave someecard memes as they need little explanation. This selection probably tells you all you need to know about me. In fact, I could probably replace any and all online profiles with these five memes.

Book review: The Frozen Dead

Monday, August 11, 2014 Permalink 0

Bernard Minier’s The Frozen Dead was first published in 2011. I’ve had some bad experiences recently with poor translations, but fortunately The Frozen Dead – having won a number of literary prizes in France – does not suffer from any such problem. It is however, rather long and quite heaving-going in terms of reading fodder.

Commandant Martin Servaz is a Toulouse city police officer called to the French Pyrenees on a case; not just any case, but a particularly macabre murder. While it’s surely the sign of a disturbed mind, the victim in question is a horse and Servaz questions the need to waste his time on such an investigation.

Lose weight to bring sexy back

Monday, August 11, 2014 Permalink 0

A new show is about to start on Oz TV called, Bringing Sexy Back. From the ads it appears to be a program which has found once attractive / slim peeps who’ve gained a heap of weight and somehow helps them lose the excess weight to again become ‘sexy’. Apparently.

There are SO many things wrong with this concept that I don’t know where to start.

Book review: Summer of the Dead

Sunday, August 10, 2014 Permalink 0

Belfa (Bell) Elkins is the Raythune County Prosecutor who returned to her hometown some years before. She seems to have settled back into life in Acker’s Gap but is grappling with: the arrival of her sister Shirley (recently released from prison after 30 years); her daughter who seemingly prefers to spend time in the city with Bell’s ex husband; and the silent treatment she’s receiving from her lover – who’s away receiving rehab for recent injuries.

Bell’s foul mood is exacerbated by the absence of her friend (and local sheriff) Nick Fogelsong and a fresh (and seemingly inexplicable) murder case.

Book review: Don’t Look Back

Saturday, August 9, 2014 Permalink 0

I must admit I’m a little undecided about Gregg Hurwitz’s latest novel. I saw Gregg speak at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival half a dozen years ago and became a bit of a fan. He obviously writes well and develops great characters, however I realise my appreciation of his work depends a little on what he’s writing about: the topic and backdrop, rather than the plot itself.

His latest for example, is less of a whodunit and more ‘action or adventure’ based. The staying alive-in-the-wilds thing is not really MY thing – though I was (bizarrely) once a huge fan of the likes of David Morrell, Len Deight0n and Robert Ludlum.