February 19

Friends and Traitors by John Lawton

  Friends and Traitors by John Lawton While holidaying in Vienna in 1958, Scotland Yard’s Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy is approached by an old friend, Guy Burgess. Burgess is infamous as the notorious British spy turned traitor who fled to Moscow in 1951, when he was outed as a Soviet double agent. Now, seven years after […]

February 18

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Posted by Neen The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths This atmospheric murder mystery is set in the slightly tawdry theatrical world of post-war Brighton, and will appeal to fans of historically accurate British mysteries.  DI Edgar Stephens enlists the help of his friend, Max Mephisto to investigate the death of a beautiful woman, who was previously Max’s stage assistant. Her […]

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

The Corfu Trilogy includes three classic tales of childhood in an island paradise by Gerald Durrell. They are, My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods . This trilogy inspired the television series ‘The Durrells’. When you watch the series you get to see the beautiful environment that is the setting […]

The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi

The Color of Our Sky This is the first novel of Amita Trasi and I could not put it down. It is a sometimes shocking and moving tale set primarily in India and tells the story of two young girls who’s lives are polar opposites but intertwine into a special friendship. One a privileged upper […]

January 18

Turtles all the way down by John Green

I don’t think I’ve ever read a better description of what it’s like to have obsessive compulsive disorder. Green quotes – I think it was Plath – in noting that language cannot directly explain the experience of pain. Many authors try to get through this using visual imagery, but that leads to problems like in […]

January 17

The Last Six Million Seconds  by John Burdett

The Last Six Million Seconds  by John Burdett Hong Kong, 1997. Six million seconds is the time remaining before the transfer of sovereignty from British rule to the Chinese government, and it’s also the time remaining for Chief of Police ‘Charlie’ Chan Siu-kai to solve a horrific triple murder. Three disembodied heads have been found in […]

January 16

The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright

The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright. Review submitted by an Elanora library staff member. The Mummy Bloggers is a  fast-paced and funny debut novel from  Holly Wainwright. The three Mummy Bloggers are all mums blogging about their lives as mothers – each  with  a successful following, and are loved, hated, taunted and trolled online. Elle is […]

January 16

An isolated incident by Emily Maguire

The small town of Strathdee is thrown into shock following the brutal murder of a local girl. As the town rallies to support her grief stricken sister and deal with the frenzied media interest, tensions build and suspicions surface in the most surprising places. This novel explores a community’s grief, a sister’s despair and need […]

January 15

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate This beautifully written novel by Lisa Wingate is based on a notorious true life scandal of a black market adoption operation operating out of the Tennessee Children’s Home in the 1930’s. It is a thought provoking and complex tale of two families two generations apart. The story begins […]

January 15

Talking to my daughter about the Economy – Yanis Varoufakis

Talking to my daughter about the Economy – Yanis Varoufakis This book is the equivalent of eating your greens – you may not want to but it will do you good in the long run.  Yanis uses examples from the movie The Matrix and from Frankenstein to make the economy interesting and because “the economy […]