Book review: The Art of Friendship by Lisa Ireland

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Permalink

I read Lisa Ireland’s The Shape of Us last year and adored it. Sure the plot itself was great, but the characters captured my heart and I could really relate to them. Her latest, The Art of Friendship is no different as I was taken on a (fairly tumultuous – but not all bad) journey with our two leads, Libby and Kit.

And I could SO relate. To the characters, their friendships and the ups and downs of life in general. 

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four-half-stars

Book review: Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks

Sunday, April 22, 2018 Permalink

I’m behind with my reviews and not allowed to do any more reading until I catch up… so yesterday I attempted a video review.

Brad Parks’ Closer Than You Know is well paced and kept me guessing for much of the book. The legal procedural possibly rushes the closing a bit more than I’d like but it hooked me enough to read in a sitting.

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three-half-stars

Book review: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Sunday, April 22, 2018 Permalink

Lisa Scottoline, along with Alafair Burke is one of my go-to authors for legal thrillers. They’re a genre that once felt like they were everywhere (though that was perhaps in the days of John Grisham and Scott Turow – and the movies based on their novels). They seem to be less prevalent now, which makes me appreciate them more than I perhaps once did. (Although the book I read after this – Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks – was also a legal procedural!)

After Anna, Scottoline’s latest is less about the legal process in many ways, though part of the plot does unfold in a courtroom. It’s more a novel of suspense with the majority of the story being told through the memories of a man on trial for murdering his step-daughter.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

Thursday, April 19, 2018 Permalink

This delightful book was not on my radar until a friend mentioned she’d read several positive reviews about it. I’d received a copy so opened it tentatively… normally eschewing ‘historical’ fiction in favour of psychopathic serial killers. And similar.

However, (un)surprisingly, AJ Pearce’s debut novel – through its characters and charm and beguiling prose – won me over and I lapped it up in a sitting.

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four-half-stars

Book review: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Permalink

There’s a note to readers in the front of this novel which provides a bit of context for what comes next. Or a warning perhaps…. if you’re like me. I’m not a fan of fantasy or the supernatural, so I worried a little about Sharon Bolton’s mention of her fascination with the (long-past) ‘branding’ of witches (and anyone who didn’t quite fit in) in her native Pendle Forrest in Lancashire, and the role it played in inspiring this novel.

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three-half-stars

Siri not giving a f*ck

Thursday, April 12, 2018 Permalink

I know many (MANY) people will envy the fact that I haven’t had to buy a book for a few years. I receive more review books than I can read – including many I don’t request. And though there are often books I miss, because they’re not offered for review or I don’t get them, I haven’t had the time to go back and read them myself.

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Book review: The Knowledge by Martha Grimes

Sunday, April 1, 2018 Permalink

Ten-fifteen years ago, if you’d asked about my favourite book series I probably would have said it was those by Martha Grimes and featuring Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury alongside the aristocratic but diffident Melrose Plant.

All named after a pub featured the in book (kicking off with The Man With A Load of Mischief in 1981), they were my comfort reads. I LOVED our main players – Jury himself and Melrose Plant of course. I’d even worked out who should play each in a TV series at one point. (And was later disappointed to see those cast in a German series based on the books – a bit like my response to the UK TV version of the Elizabeth George’s Inspector Thomas Lynley series.)

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three-half-stars