Author Archives: shirl

leaving time May 23

Leaving Time

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Post by Robyn55. What an exceptional, amazing, remarkable book! Now for all you budding writers out there, I know that over-use of adjectives can be a killer – but what can I say? Perhaps that Jodi Picoult has written a masterpiece… I will leave that up to you to decide. […]

charles May 22

Charles – the heart of a king

Charles : the heart of a king by Catherine Mayer. This is an unauthorised biography of the Prince of Wales, and received both publicity on it’s recent publication and considerable backlash from Clarence House. Perhaps this backlash is what decided me to delve into it’s secrets! In pre-publication interviews, Catherine Mayer clearly showed that she was willing to […]

fit2fat May 21


Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit: the Unexpected Lessons From Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose by Drew Manning with Brad Pierce. This book intrigued me because I felt that it was an example of someone who was willing to ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’, that is, to ‘walk the walk and not […]

alibi May 20

If you like Sue Grafton’s novels, you may like to try…

If you love the private eye mysteries with a woman sleuth written by the popular mystery author Sue Grafton, you might like to try:   Carol Higgins Clark for light, humorous, suspenseful mystery stories Janet Evanovich for a mystery narrated in the first person with a female central character and plenty of ‘smart-mouth’ dialog! Sandra Brown […]

miniaturist May 19

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.   This book was selected from the library shelves because of its cover.  If you’re someone who loves miniatures, it’s impossible to walk past a book with an antique dollhouse on the cover. Amsterdam of the 1680s is brought to life as Nella […]

Girl on train May 18

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Post by Robyn55. Journalist Paula Hawkins has written her first thriller and may she write many more… The Girl on the Train is a spooky, classy, easy read thriller that will have you staying up all night to finish. Why don’t you take it on a long […]

kind worth killing March 13

The Kind Worth Killing

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. Post by Robyn55. No doubt inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, The Kind Worth Killing is no less read-worthy.  Is it better or worse than it’s inspiration? Read it and let me know what you think. The events occurring after Ted Severson and Lily Kramer meet […]

proof March 12


Proof by Dick Francis. Another great mystery by one of the world’s best thriller writers. Tony Beach is a young and recently widowed wine merchant. He is catering a party for one of the local horse trainers when a runaway horsebox runs into the marquee full of people, killing some of them, seeming like a horrific but random […]

Jerusalem March 11


Jerusalem by Yatam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Post by Robyn55. You would think that with the abundance of celebrity chefs and their cookbooks that there is nothing new to find. Have a look at Jerusalem! By now most people will have heard of Yotam Ottolenghi. The main thing of interest in this book is its […]

winter of the world March 10

Winter of the World

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Post by Robyn55. I should title this review “How could I not have known!” Ken Follett had been mentioned to me as someone who wrote good books but for some reason I paid no attention – until this Christmas… Looking for a hefty read to allow me to mainly ignore the […]


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