BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 4 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Vintage mystery. This little tale by Francis Durbridge was a delightful audiobook to listen to. The narrator Anthony Head does a marvellous job conveying the proprietary and social conventions of the time and place that is the setting for this […]
Book 4 in Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman’s Murder Mysteries Series Trick or Treat Synopsis: Corinna Chapman, amateur sleuth, baker extraordinaire and proprietor of the Earthly Delights Bakery, returns for her fourth criminally entertaining and delicious adventure. When a cut-price franchise bakery opens its doors just down the street from Earthly Delights and crowds flock to […]
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 3 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Intricate and compelling. This is the first Mary Higgins Clark that I’ve read and I’ve found her to be a skilled story crafter. The subjects of kidnapping and the special bond between twins are covered in a very thoughtful, human […]
Extraordinary. Stieg Larsson’s thrilling novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really does deserve the praise it has been given and its place atop the bestseller lists. It is different to any other crime novel I have read. Larsson tells the story of his main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, along with a great […]
BOOK REVIEW : This is one action-packed novel! The comparison made by some between this story and The Da Vinci Code is fair in that the characters find themselves questioning the validity of historical ‘facts’ which are the foundations on which modern religions are based. The beauty of Reichs’ novels for me is that they […]
BOOK REVIEW : Having read this book, my first ever from Cornwell, I’m somewhat perplexed. I’d heard great things about this author, and this wasn’t at all what I had expected. To begin with, this is the shortest book I have read in many years and I found the large font and spaced text somewhat […]
BOOK REVIEW : This story just was not as interesting as I expected from the blurb. The best thing about the book was Doolittle’s leading man, Tom Bethany – an appealing character, part hired gun with a shady past, part Robin Hood ‘righter of all wrongs’. This character’s observations provided some amusing moments. The downside […]
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!