Monthly Archives: November 2016

“The vanishing year” by Kate Moretti – Book Review

This thriller features one female protagonist, but she is really more than one person.  Confusing? I just mean that at various stages of her life she has had very different lives, with different names, but, she is still trying to … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 1 – Denise Mina’s Garnethill

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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Series I started that I would love to finish (part 2)

You know how it is.  Years ago you read a book you REALLY liked, then the sequel, which you also really liked.  Then… years pass and you realize that this author has written another four novels, all featuring the same characters, all … Continue reading

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“Gone” by Randy Wayne White

Hannah Smith is thirty-one years old.  A tall, strong, buxom woman with a long family history in her part of the world – The Gulf Coast of Florida.  Her mother has had a stroke, so Hannah regularly spends time with her, even … Continue reading

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“The memory box” by Eva Lesko Natiello – Book Review

Have you ever Googled your own name? Come on, confess, of course you have.  What if you found out things that you don’t remember?  Things that will completely change your life and how you view the people in it?  This … Continue reading

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Series to savour 3 – L. R. Wright’s Karl Alberg mysteries

The late Laurlai Rose Wright was a talented novelist who passed away much to soon. She was one of the first Canadian novelists to become renown within the mystery genre. She was called “Canada’s Queen of Crime Fiction” by Chatelaine magazine … Continue reading

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Cover Love; part 13 – Seeing double (or even septuple)

What makes a reader choose one book over countless others? Depite the age old advice to never judge a book by it’s cover, many of us continue to do so. Dustjackets catch the eye, then they entice us to enter a different … Continue reading

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“The fear at Rockbridge Hall” by Tim Heath

At a tender age I read Charlotte Brontë’s classic “Jane Eyre“.  Ever since, I’ve been a sucker for novels that feature English governesses – which is why I chose to read this novella. The story is set at the magnificent … Continue reading

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“Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen

Sometimes a novel comes along that you just know will resonate with you for years. “Miller’s Valley” is just such a novel.  A story with characters, descriptions, and emotions, so REAL that after reading it you feel as though you … Continue reading

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Authors I can’t wait to try

Bookworm that I am, books are like candy to me. The anticipation of reading is almost as good as the reading itself. I read a lot of book blogs. Friends, and my fellow bloggers, have introduced me to some authors … Continue reading

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“The stepmother” by Claire Seeber – Book Review

Parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever do.  Parenting someone else’s children? Well… it goes without saying – that is even harder.  In Claire Seeber’s novel “The stepmother” we find out what happens when two people with plenty of their own … Continue reading

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Cover Love; part 12 – Crows and ravens

I find myself attracted to certain kinds of covers.  Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks’ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. Dustjackets entice the reader to enter a different world. In this, my twelfth installment of … Continue reading

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“House of secrets” by Lynda Stacey – Book Review

Anyone who knows me, or follows this blog, knows that contrary to the old phrase “You can’t judge a book by its cover“, I often do.  I love covers, and this one called out to me. Then, when I read that … Continue reading

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Series to savour 2 – P.D. James’s Dalgliesh mysteries

The late Phyllis Dorothy James was a prolific novelist who was constantly honing her craft right up to her death at age 94 years.  Her love of words and description shines through her many novels.  She was the recipient of … Continue reading

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“Worse than death” by Jean Bedford

My latest reading adventure took me to Balmain, in New South Wales, Australia.  It is here that we meet Anna Southwood, a recent widow and novice private detective.  Anna found out that her late husband, Clyde, had his fingers in … Continue reading

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