Author Archives: Neen

June 15

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

Posted by Neen City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan Jerusalem, 1945. Left homeless after World War Two, thousands of displaced Jewish refugees attempted to reach Palestine. However, they were regarded as illegal aliens by the interim British authorities, and were forced to rely on an underground network of sympathisers to hide them and provide new […]

June 14

A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

Posted by Neen A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody Lucian, a friend of Kate Shackleton, recently inherited a cottage in a peaceful Yorkshire village from his aunt, so when Kate realises her 14-year-old niece, Harriet, needs complete rest to recuperate from an illness, Kate arranges with Lucien for herself and Harriet to enjoy […]

June 13

A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare

Posted by Neen A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare England, 1603. Queen Elizabeth I is dead and King James VI of Scotland is about to become King James I of England. As the new king’s official coronation approaches, Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon now employed as a physician in rural Devon, is called in by […]

April 15

Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry

Reviewed by Lyn Reilly Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (a biography of one of Australia’s first female botanical collectors) by Bernice Barry, 2016 Pan Macmillan Australia The subtitle is taken from a song of Robert Burns ‘the mind that shines in ev’ry grace’ Georgiana was […]

April 12

A Curious Beginning / Deanna Raybourn

  A curious beginning / Deanna Raybourn I really enjoyed this book, and just loved meeting Veronica Speedwell, the intelligent and feisty heroine who tackles life head-on. She is brave, independent and capable, but also an appropriate and realistic character for the Victorian era in which she lives, and not just a modern woman crammed awkwardly into […]

April 11

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

  Her every fear by Peter Swanson Eager to make a new beginning after a violent ex-boyfriend kidnapped and assaulted her, Kate Priddy readily agrees to a six-month apartment swap with a distant cousin based in Boston. Kate has never met Corbin and really doesn’t know that much about him, but she is still fragile, […]

April 10

Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Greg Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb I have just finished JD Robb’s Innocent in death.  I have not read any of the others in this particular series so was surprised to see that it is set in the future, about 2060.  Having said that it doesn’t have any real relevance to […]

February 09

Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang

Reviewed by Jenni Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang This is the fascinating journey of an under-confident person who decided he needed to work on his ability to cope with rejection. Jiang had a prestigious, high paying job, and was living in the US. He had handled the challenge of […]

February 08

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Reviewed by Greg W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton The 23rd in the series and full of interesting storylines and characters.  Kinsey is back in full swing! The story centres around two deaths.  The first is a PI known to Kinsey, who is not so scrupulous or nice, but he dies in suspicious circumstances.  […]

February 07

Everywhere I look by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Bindi Everywhere I look by Helen Garner Everywhere I look is a collection of essays and diary entries by renowned Australian fiction and non-fiction writer, Helen Garner. Garner wisely and deliberately considers all sorts of situations, feelings and moments and helps the reader reflect on being human. It’s a beautifully written bunch of […]