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BLOODLINE – Alan Gold & Mike Jones Book 1 of the Heritage Trilogy “Bloodline” is an historical fiction of modern Jerusalem in 2007 and tracing parallel stories from 942 BCE to 126 CE. A Palestinian youth (Bilal) is shot during an unsuccessful terrorist attack and is saved by the skill of a young Jewish doctor […]


It is the last novel of Award winning author Kent Haruf who died in November, 2014 at the age of seventy-one and what a magnificent work he has left as his legacy. An elderly widow approaches her widowed neighbour with a proposition i.e., to spend the nights together in her bed for company. The man […]


The true story of a little known food drop by B-17’s to the starving Dutch citizens under German occupation in May, 1945; code named Operation Chowhound.   German born Prince Bernhard who married into the Dutch royal family of the Netherlands and evacuated to England developed the plan. It was discovered in post war years that […]


Sydney, Australia, 1915,  Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are newlyweds from Bourke. Jimmy is embarking on a troop ship for the war at Gallipoli. Ruby has decided to find accommodation and work in Sydney and wait for his return. They are young, innocent and dreaming of their life together when the war is over. Ruby finds […]


Hitler is in power and Germany is on the brink of another war.  In Paris, near the Museum of Natural History, live a blind child Marie-Laurie and her father who works at the museum as a master of locks.  The Nazis are invading Paris and Marie-Laurie and her father escape to Saint-Malo where father’s reclusive […]

Mischief (Short Stories) – Fay Weldon

I rarely read short stories but intrigued by the interesting cover I found myself immersed in Fay Weldon’s  “Mischief”; devouring one story after another. The stories are witty and a perceptive expose into the psyche of the characters she creates.  I empathized with her female characters as I read the crackling dialogue between men and […]

Mission Flats – William Landay

Mission Flats  won the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel. Police Chief Ben Truman is a twenty-four year old living in a small town (Versailles) in western Maine.  On a routine police check of the holiday cabins by the local lake Chief Truman discovers the body of the District Attorney […]

The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney

Winner of the 2006 Costa First Novel Award, Stef Penney’s, The Tenderness of Wolves is a beautifully written debut novel about Canada, 1867. Winter takes a grip on the Canadian, Hudson Bay Company settlement; Dove River.  A fur trapper is found murdered in his isolated hut by Mrs Ross, wife of a local farmer. Her […]

“The Hidden Child”- Camilla Lackberg

Camilla Lackberg…The Hidden Child Have you ever taken a book home from the library only to find you have read it before?  I did that with Swedish novelist,  Camilla Lackberg’s The Hidden Child.  A fan of Lackberg’s writing, I enjoyed this novel as much as I did the first time. Set in a town in […]

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language – Mark Forsyth

What a word!  I wasn’t sure I wanted to investigate what was between the covers of this intriguing, funny read.  Understanding the origin of the English language isn’t everyone’s cup of tea for a light relaxing read but I have enjoyed this so much I have to share.  Forsyth won me over to his favourite […]


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