Kinsey Millhone, Grafton’s no-nonsense, gutsy female private investigator is the benchmark in the crime/detective genre. Although the settings are a little dated now, the book having been written over 20 years ago (back when people sent letters and checked through paper records rather than online databases) this doesn’t detract from the story. While the plot is strong, snappy and filled with clever linkages and details, it remains an easy, relaxing read. Grafton writes dialogue very well and doesn’t let descriptive narrative get in the way of a compelling story. Great author, great book!
BOOK REVIEW : In Specimen Days Michael Cunningham has created a masterpiece. Okay, I’ll admit I just love novels and movies with multiple stories all woven together, the ones that really make you think. The story framework is similar to one of my all time favourites, ‘Cloud Atlas‘ by David Mitchell. Same characters, three different stories […]
My new favourite private-eye! McDermid has created a wonderfully real and feisty female character in Kate Brannigan PI – she has no fear and is not afraid to call a spade a spade. This story rockets along with mystery and mayhem interspersed with some hilarious observational comedic moments. The relationships between the characters are well […]
What girl doesn’t like a fun summer read? This is good chick lit, a story about a girl in and out of love, who can’t see what she has right in front of her (at times she’s slightly too oblivious to be believable). Keyes has a great knack of writing interesting, sharp and snappy dialogue, […]
This is the first book I’ve read from Joanna Hines and now I’m hooked on this author. She has a beautiful writing style, just enough descriptive detail to paint the scene but not so much that it gets in the way of the story. Hines’ characters are well developed and grow with us as the […]
This modern Asian love story is an ‘epic’ drama. On the plus side, the female protagonist is a well crafted and very likeable character. Although a doomed love affair, Elegant has provided enough twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued and wanting to know more. On the down side, I found this story a […]
This is a wild action packed ride with a lesson in archaeology thrown in! Preston is definitely in the league of Michael Crichton (State of Fear) and Matthew Reilly (Ice Station) when it comes to writing great action, conspiracy and adventure. This story is filled with characters you’ll love and those you’ll love to hate. […]
This story is a little slow to build, but it is certainly worth being patient through the first few chapters because the pace soon quickens and what follows is a very compelling journey. This story scratches beneath the shiny surface of the typical west meets east novel, showing the darker side of both the US […]