Malicious Intent Synopsis: “Comparisons with Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs are inevitable … Fox holds her own, if not more against the other two.” – The Times (UK) Dr Anya Crichton, a pathologist and forensic physician, finds work is sparse for the only female freelancer in the field. Between paying child support, a mortgage and struggling […]
My Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore Synopsis A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, […]
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Synopsis Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack […]
Bitter Greens Book Description Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a […]
I have only just begun reading Dreams of Speaking by Australian author Gail Jones and I am already mesmerised by the artfulness of the writing.
Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher Mystery Queen of the Flowers is oozing with fun and mischief.
There is a certain whimsy about this writing – great light and escapist reading.
Isabel Allende’s Of Love and Shadows exudes a magical, ethereal quality.
Here is my teaser:
He also lost himself in literature; seduced by the work of Latin-American writers, he realised he lived in a country in miniature, a spot on the map, buried in a vast and marvelous continent where progess arrives several centuries late; a land of hurricanes, earthquakes, rivers broad as the sea, jungles where sunlight never penetrates, where mythological animals creep and crawl over eternal humus alongside human…
Kate Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog is compelling, principled and filled with heart.
And another two sentences that I thought very poignant:
“Child cruelty. Snipping off all the little buds so that they could never blossom.”
To Say Nothing of the Dog is fun, witty and captivating.
Read the synopsis and listen to an audio sample of To Say Nothing of the Dog.
Although I am only a couple of hours into this 21 hour audiobook, I am completely captivated . The protagonist Ned Henry is such an endearing character, the story sufficiently complex to hook me and the British humour right up my alley!
Here is my teaser:
They were together, so they were happy. Even though the watchful family slipped between them, separating them gently but firmly, the young man and woman knew they were near one another; nothing else mattered.
These are actually the opening two sentences, and I think they are just perfect. It’s brimming with hope and simplicity!