Book review: Wrecked by Joe Ide

Monday, November 5, 2018 Permalink

I adored the character of Isaiah Quintabe introduced by Joe Ide in 2016. The first book, IQ (named after Isaiah’s moniker) gave us a scary-smart street-wise crime solver / PI. (And I should mention I wasn’t alone in my love for IQ… and Ide’s subsequent books include quotes by the likes of Michael Connelly, Gregg Hurwitz etc commenting on the arrival of a great new fictional character.)

Indeed, in my review of IQ I comment on the fact Isaiah reminded me of the sassy smart-mouthed gumshoes (PIs) I once so loved.


Book review: Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Permalink

In almost every David Baldacci book review I write I comment on how much I love his Amos Decker (Memory Man) series, as well as the Will Robie and John Puller series. And I always mention I’m not a fan of his earlier Camel Club series. I’d say that I won’t do that this time around but I already have, plus it’s a little relevant.

Baldacci’s latest book is prefaced by a letter to readers, introducing his first female lead – FBI Agent Atlee Pine. Obviously he’s written other female characters but Atlee is the standalone lead and he comments that she’s one of the most unique characters he’s created. (This from the man who gave us Amos Decker and his hyperthymesia!) Obviously my expectations were high. I’ve read some AMAZING female leads – Candice Fox delivers many, and just recently I revisited Michael Connelly’s Renee Ballard. And on the character front Baldacci certainly offers up a wonderful new protagonist in Atlee (or Pine, as Baldacci calls her).


Weekly check-in

Saturday, October 22, 2016 Permalink

I’m posting my weekly check-in a little early this week. And I swear it’s not because I can’t be bothered writing something ‘else’ for today. I swear. *Crosses fingers behind back*

It’s been a kinda challenging week this week and time seems to have conspired against me. In fact my mood was such that on a couple of days I hated everything and everyone. Sorry ’bout that. (I’m pretty sure I’ve forgiven you now.)

Weekly check-in

Sunday, October 16, 2016 Permalink

I’m in the midst of a couple of busy work weeks, so it hasn’t felt like I’ve had time to think about much other than my day job… however, my continued early mornings mean I’m getting 60-90mins of stuff done at my desk at home before going into work – something I’m really enjoying and appreciating. 

Weekly check in

Sunday, November 8, 2015 Permalink

Just for something completely different I’ve been a bit all over the place this week. And yes… that was sarcasm.

God only knows what my problem is because I keep putting things aside until I feel like I can deal with them which ends up requiring me to spend 3hrs responding to / reading and deleting emails on a Friday morning. Some of the emails were two months old and from publishers with their new release listings. 

Weekly check in

Saturday, October 31, 2015 Permalink

Happy Halloween for those celebrating the occasion! While it was never a ‘thing’ here in Australia when I was young it’s become far more popular nowadays and I’m sure if I had kids I’d be joining in the fun and frivolity!

Weekly check in

Sunday, October 25, 2015 Permalink

It’s been another mixed week for me. It started poorly as I was still struggling with the dreaded flu/cold thingy which has toyed with me and my sanity over the past few months. But finally… a sane ‘me’ has emerged. Sans cough, sore ribs, headache and sinus pain. Just when I’d forgotten what it was like to feel well. 🙂

Reading-wise I did pretty well this past week, though I did (again) ditch my planned reads to pick up a new arrival or two. 

It’s Monday. What am I reading?

Sunday, November 2, 2014 Permalink

It’s been a quiet week on the reading front for me with only two and a half books read. I did have a couple of nights off for various commitments, but it means I’m finally (almost) on top of the reviews I had to do!