Book review: Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Permalink

I love Nora Roberts’ romantic suspense novels. They usually offer up a good balance of the two, which is important given my love of thrillers and suspense and antipathy towards romance. (As such.)

Interestingly, though this includes some suspense, it’s kinda short-lived. It grapples with some unpleasant themes (domestic violence and family violence, so trigger alert for some), but the thing I enjoyed most about this book was, in fact, how the romance played out and the relationship between our two lead characters.

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four-stars

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.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Perfect Silence by Helen Fields

Saturday, August 25, 2018 Permalink

I hadn’t realised this was part of a series when I requested it and though there were things I’d obviously missed in the first three books, it didn’t impact at all on my enjoyment of the fourth in the Scottish police series. In fact, it made me keen to read the previous installations… even though I guess I know some of what must eventuate; but I loved the characters and am confident enough in Fields’ ability to spin a good yarn that I’m keen to spend more time with her creations.

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four-stars

Men writing as women. Women writing as men.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 Permalink

Once upon a time female writers had to write under male pseudonyms as it wasn’t appropriate for women to pen… well anything really, under their own names. Think: Emily Bronte writing as Ellis Bell; Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson as Henry Handel Richardson.

Thankfully much has changed since then.

At least I think it has.

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Book review: Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Friday, June 1, 2018 Permalink

There’s something unfortunately timely about this book, which centres around a mass shooting in the US.

Although Nora Roberts sticks to what she does well – romantic suspense wrapped in personal drama – here she also explores the impact of such an event on the survivors, and lasting effect it has on their lives… both good and bad.

Tragedy doesn’t necessarily change us. More often, I think, it brings out more of who we are – or were – all along. p 214

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four-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, February 5, 2017 Permalink

Okay, so… the choice is yours: weather news; or no weather news during this intro-chit-chat?

Argh, dammit… here goes. It’s bloody hot. We need rain. My grass is brown. And did I mention it’s been bloody hot?

In related news, I think there’s a career awaiting me as a weather girl. 🙂

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Weekly check-in

Sunday, September 11, 2016 Permalink

I’m writing this post from Queensland’s Gold Coast… where I’ve spent the last few days at a blogging conference. And I am now – quite frankly – rather exhausted from all of the listening and learning. Not to mention the eating and socialising.

But more on that later…

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Weekly check-in

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Permalink

Time again for my book reviewing and blogging update. And while it’s been a better week (for me, in general), it’s still ridiculously hot here in my part of Australia with 30+C temperatures. I mean… come on Autumn, lift your game! Or to quote a recent Aussie tourism campaign fail… “Autumn, where the bloody hell are ya?”

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