Book Review – BLACK LIGHT by K A Bedford

Black Light by K A Bedford

Black Light Synopsis : Ruth Black is an English novelist left widowed by the mysterious death of her husband during the Great War. She immigrates to Australia and settles in the sleepy coastal town of Pelican River to repair her broken heart and work on her next novel. But her quiet life is thrown into disarray when […]

Book Review – THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson

The Room by Jonas Karlsson

The Room Synopsis : Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms. Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office […]

Interview & Book Giveaway – Alan Carter, author of Bad Seed

Bad Seed by Alan Carter

Today we welcome Alan Carter, Aussie author of Bad Seed to Booklover Book Reviews. When wealthy property developer Francis Tan and his family are found slain in their mansion, Cato Kwong is forced to recall a personal history that makes his investigation doubly painful. The killer is elusive and brutal, and the investigation takes Cato to […]

Book Review – CAIRO by Chris Womersley

Cairo by Chris Womersley

Cairo Synopsis : At 18, Tom escapes ordinariness in small town Australia for Melbourne and a flat in a strange block named Cairo. There he meets the magnetic Max Cheever, and is drawn into his circle of bohemian artists and dreamers. But soon Tom is ensnared in a plot to steal a million dollar Picasso masterpiece. Among […]

Book Review – CLOUDSTREET by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet Synopsis : Two rural families – the Pickles and the Lambs – flee to the city after separate catastrophes. They find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch – and for twenty years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads […]

The Collectors by Philip Pullman, a Christmas gift from Audible

The Collectors by Philip Pullman

I finally got my act together and transferred my Audible.com account (and my entire audiobook library) to Audible.com.au. I really don’t know why I’d been putting it off for so long – just a couple of clicks and it was done. They also have a great ‘welcome home’ special for Aussies transferring back to their own region marketplace […]

Book Review – THE BLACK HOUR by Lori Rader-Day

The Black Hour by Lori RaderDay

The Black Hour Synopsis : For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic-until a student she’d never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he’s dead and she’s back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can’t let go: Why? All […]

Book Review – NAVIGATIO by Patrick Holland

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Navigatio Synopsis : Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan’s battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in […]

Book Review – THE EDISON EFFECT by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect Synopsis : Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is a ruthless businessman, intent on advancing General Electric and beating all rivals like Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse. Edison has agents in place in Seattle but he’s come himself in pursuit of a mysterious invention lost in 1901 in Elliott Bay. When Edison asks for information, few […]

Book Review – BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God Synopsis : Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the […]

Book Review & Giveaway – THE BITTER TRADE by Piers Alexander

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The Bitter Trade Synopsis : I am Calumny Spinks Between me and the satin blue sky hangs the hempen noose. It has swung there in the faintest of breezes, waiting for me, all my life. In 1688, torn by rebellions, England lives under the threat of a Dutch invasion. Redheaded Calumny Spinks is the lowliest man in […]

Book Review – THIS SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Helle Helle

This Should be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle

This Should be Written in the Present Tense Synopsis : This should be written in the present tense. But it isn’t. Dorte should be at uni in Copenhagen. But she’s not. She should probably put some curtains up in her new place. And maybe stop sleeping with her neighbour’s boyfriend. Perhaps things don’t always work out the […]