JD Robb: In Death…

Sunday, March 14, 2010 Permalink

I have many guilty pleasures.  Some just naughty – champagne, chocolate, red wine and so forth.  Some a little weird – an early years’ fetish for Dr Spock (the one with the pointy ears, not the child-rearing guru).  And some that are mostly embarrassing.  Like the ridiculous pleasure I get from the TV show, ‘Murder She Wrote’ and from a series of novels by romance writer, Nora Roberts, under the pseudonym JD Robb.

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Book review: Death is Not Enough by Karen Rose

Saturday, May 12, 2018 Permalink

It’s a good thing I enjoy Karen Rose’s novels of romantic suspense cos the last couple have been freakin’ huge.

If I’m being honest, I usually avoid books over 400 pages… thinking my attention span won’t survive them. Plus… more often than not the escapism I enjoy from books is meant to be short lived. Not something eked out over days and days.

Thankfully I’m a fast reader and although this is 600+ pages, it wasn’t overly (or even at all) arduous. *Mops brow with back of hand and swoons.*

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three-half-stars

Book review: Time of Death by Mark Billingham

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Permalink

Goodreads calls this book Tom Thorne #13, which my finely-tuned skills of deduction lead me to believe is the 13th in this series. Which subsequently stops me in my tracks to wonder if I live under a bloody rock?! I ‘think’ I’ve heard of Billingham, indeed I readily requested this book for review; but how I have wandered this earth, reading endless police procedurals, crime fiction, suspense novels and thrillers without reading a previous book featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne?!

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Book review: Life or Death

Sunday, August 3, 2014 Permalink

I’ve read most of Michael Robotham’s work – and reviewed several here on my blog. His latest – Life or Death – is a stand-alone novel so doesn’t feature any of his usual protagonists. And I have to say… that pleased me as I’m not a huge fan of Joe O’Loughlin or Vincent Ruiz. As I’ve said previously, I enjoy Robotham’s work… but it’s hard to feel as engaged as one should when they don’t care if the lead characters live or die.

However – Life or Death didn’t offer me any such dilemma and – as a result – it’s a 4/5 star novel for me.

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Only death comes as the end

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Permalink

A few weeks ago I was talking to my life coach about failure. The conversation centred around the fact that we should recognise that our own perceptions may be a bit screwy: we may see something as a failure, when we should be celebrating the fact that we even attempted it in the first place; alternatively, we should be acknowledging positive aspects of the experience. Karen asked me to consider my feelings (as opposed to my thoughts!) when it comes to the notion of ‘failure’.

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This day: life and death

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Permalink

I’m off to a funeral today. Not-fun. And even less-fun for the family involved of course.

The funeral is for the father of a childhood friend of my brother’s. My brother isn’t able to attend so I thought I’d go (with my mother). I spent much of my childhood traipsing about the countryside with my brother and his basketballing friends so it feels the thing to do.

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Death comes…. to Pemberley (in more ways than one!)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Permalink

It’s rare that I decide to cast a book aside part-way through but I did that very thing last week. My local library has new release books for seven-day loans with a no-extension option. It’s a great money-saver for me as I can no longer justify buying books solely because I’m too impatient to wait for new releases to get to the library.

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