Author Archives: shirl

April 21

More Bitter Than Death

More Bitter than Death by Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff. Post by Robyn. A very good read about a very important subject. When a group of women get together to share and perhaps try to make sense of their experiences of domestic violence, they could not have predicted the chain of events that follow. All […]

April 20

First Response – a terrorist plot

First Response by Stephen Leather. I love both of the series by bestselling author Stephen Leather featuring the characters of Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale respectively. I was surprised to find that this new novel features a terrific new character – Muslim police superintendent Mo Kamran. First Response has been written as a standalone novel, but […]

April 19

A street cat named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. A Street Cat Named Bob is the first in a charming series of books about a busker who adopted a stray marmalade moggy from the streets of London. James Bowen came home one evening to find an injured cat lying at the bottom of the stairs to […]

April 18

It was only ever you

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan Post by Sandra. This book is a wonderful story about three girls in the early years of rock and roll.  The story starts out in Ireland, County Mayo, and later is set in the halcyon days of New York where there were dance clubs and venues which […]

April 17

Dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the Moonlight by Rita Bradshaw. Post by Sandra Taylor. This very realistic story is set in England during the depression years and the lead up to the second world war and its aftermath.  It does seem to be historical fiction at its best but is also raw and gritty.  It does not spare […]

February 18

Globe: Life in Shakespeare’s London

Globe: Life in Shakespeare’s London by Catharine Arnole Post by Sandra I enjoyed reading this fascinating book which describes the times and life of William Shakespeare.  London was a bustling, busy town during Tudor times and Shakespeare found his place and popularity  as a well known playwright.   His success was not always enthusiastically acclaimed as one […]

February 17

Portrait of a Spy

Portrait of a Spy By Daniel Silva Post by Sandra This wonderful tale by the famed author of spy fiction weaves magic and reality together.  I enjoyed reading this story of the Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon and his glamorous wife, Chiara and also other members of his team who stop terrorists in their tracks.  I […]

February 16

When Christmas Bells Ring

When Christmas Bells Ring by Katie Flynn Post by Sandra When Christmas Bells Ring is a story set in Liverpool during the war years and tells the story of Rosheen, who at age 15 has twins.  It is also about  her life living with her mother, and the childhood years of the twins as they grow […]

February 15

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton Post by Sandra This is a magnificent story set in Cornwall at a beautiful country  estate in earlier times of the twentieth century and also the modern day of 2003. It also involves a wonderful sweep of history, including the first world war and also the later years after the […]

February 14

Chaos

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. Review post by Robyne Patterson. Chaos is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series which started in 1990 with Postmortem . So if you want to start at the beginning, better get going! There are over twenty books to read – could be a project for the New Year? Cornwell does not write […]