Book review: Look Alive 25 by Janet Evanovich

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Permalink

It’s kind of depressing knowing we’re not going to get a final book in the Kinsey Millhone (alphabet) series by Sue Grafton – following the author’s death last year. It was one of my staples – along with Robert B Parker* Spenser & Jesse Stone series’, JD Robb’s In Death series, and Jane Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books.

Thankfully Evanovich and her ‘bail enforcement agent’ are still in partnership and continue to offer we readers enjoyable respite from the tedium of our lives.


Book review: The Key by Kathryn Hughes

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Permalink

I’ve struggled lately with my blogging. Not the actually writing, but more the content. I’ve got a folder full of half-written posts that all seem ridiculously pointless when I revisit them to tweak for publishing.

One of those posts is about the TV series, The Alienist. Well sort of. It’s about things that meandered around my little mind as I watched The Alienist and that’s partially to do with the subject matter – namely the way in which we treated clients of mental health services. It’s a long time since my undergraduate psychology degree, but… I currently work in a health service so my colleagues deliver mental health services and I’m vaguely connected to some planning around a new inpatient mental health facility.

Which is why books like Kathryn Hughes’ The Key – about archaic medical practices – are of more interest than they may otherwise have been. (Plus, and as an aside, I’ve remained a little perturbed about that stuff since seeing An Angel At My Table, about the life of NZ author Janet Frame, a few decades ago!)


Book review: The Pool House by Tasmina Perry

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Permalink

It sounds terrible but I put this book aside for a shorter one before getting to it. By now you probably realise I’m a stickler for the rules. Especially my own. And I’m kinda anally obsessive. Albeit in a nice and vaguely-sane way.

However, I picked up two books earlier this week. The Pool House by Tasmina Perry was being published first but about 150 pages longer than the other book (published 5 days later). So I went with the other book. Mostly because I was really really tired at the time and it felt less overwhelming.

It’s interesting then that when I eventually got to this (two days later) I read the entire 465 pages in a sitting. 


Book review: Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Permalink

I’ve struggled a little with a couple of the series Janet Evanovich has co-authored in recent times, but her Stephanie Plum novels never seem to fail to deliver. They’re ‘light’ reads usually – not macabre – and generally more about the antics of Stephanie and her merry band of misfits rather than the mystery at hand. And that’s the way we fans love this series, which is now up to its 23rd instalment!


Book review: Curious Minds by Jane Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Permalink

I’ve confessed my love of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum before. I enjoy the series and the books consistently offer me the escapism I need. They’re fun and written in an entertaining and comedic way that help overlook any glitches in plot or realism.

I note she’s going down the James Patterson route of writing books with other authors and I’ve tried a few of the different series on offer, so was interested to see yet another creation, this time with award-winning television writer Phoef Sutton.


Book review: The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Permalink

I’ve read a lot of books lately about eccentric children. I guess they could be labelled – falling somewhere on the autism disorder spectrum or similar. But I kinda like that they aren’t. And the one in a million boy is one such boy. Friendless, he collects facts. Mostly in sets of ten. And his go-to point of reference is the Guinness Book of Records.